This week in The Times: Margaret Stover

Margaret Stover
Margaret Stover
Vitals: Margaret Stover, 53, recently opened a personal concierge service, Maggie on the Move, in the Rockford area. Stover is originally from Arlington Heights, Ill., but moved to St. Joseph, Mich., where she graduated from St. Joseph’s High School. She holds an associate’s degree in tourism and a master gardener’s certificate. Stover is an animal lover, and recently rescued her cat, Felix, from a local pet shelter.

1. If you could choose any elected official – local, state or national – to speak with one-on-one, who would it be, and what would you say? I’d like to speak with the mayor of Rockford, Lawrence J. Morrissey (I), and suggest that the city revitalizes some of the older neighborhoods. I enjoy going to the Midtown District on Seventh Street, and I like to shop at the fair trade store, JustGoods.

2. If you were to move away from the Rock River Valley, what three things would you miss the most? If I were to move away from Rockford, I would miss my family, of course, and I would definitely miss the sunsets and beautiful parks, especially Rock Cut State Park and the Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve. Also, the Sinnissippi bike path.

3. What motivated you to start your own personal concierge service? I’ve always wanted to work for myself, and, at the same time, help other people.

4. What type of clients do you usually cater to, and what services do they use most? I just started my business, so that is a difficult question at this time. The possibilities are endless, and it could take some time to find my niche.

5. Question from last week’s “This Week in The Times” participant Nancy Mandell: What is the one thing we could do to improve our local economy? The one thing we could all do to improve our local economy is to shop locally. It is important to support our local retailers.

“This week in The Times” is a weekly survey of people selected by The Rock River Times staff. The column does not accept unsolicited submissions.

Community news and notes

Jason So, DO, recently joined SwedishAmerican Medical Group in Roscoe as a new family physician. Dr. So is a Rockford native and graduated from Rockford College. He completed his medical training at Des Moines University in Iowa, and his family medicine training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Dr. So also completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque, and has a special interest in joint injections and nursing home care. He is board certified in family medicine and board eligible in geriatric medicine, and will join Dr. Gayle Crays at the Roscoe Facility. … Tyler Nelson of Rockford joined the consulting engineering firm of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) Nelson is an engineer assigned to the firm’s Rockford Aviation Group, and will assist in the design of various airport rehabilitation projects and construction inspection services at the Chicago Rockford International Airport. CMT has provided all phases of aviation engineering services for the airport since 1979. … Jennifer Kruchten recently joined Riverside Community Bank as a vice president of commercial banking at the Perryville Banking Center. Kruchten will deliver tailored commercial lending solutions for the financial institution’s large and small commercial clients.

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from the July 22-28, 2009, issue

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