• A touch of Lincoln in downtown Rockford

    • Posted September 30, 2009
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  • ‘Baby 101’ for expectant parents

    From press release Offered by the OSF St. Anthony Center for Life, the four-session Preparation for Parenthood classes ( Baby 101”) help expectant parents through the exciting, yet sometimes apprehensive time of pregnancy, childbirth and early post-partum...

    • Posted September 30, 2009
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  • Fish Beat: Northern pike and the late season rush

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer In the Midwest, fall often approaches quickly. The morning air becomes suddenly brisk, the leaves begin to turn, and lakes, ponds and rivers begin churning their vegetation in preparation for the freeze....

    • Posted September 30, 2009
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  • Belvidere North lead big week in NIC-10 cross country

    By Matt Nestor Sports Columnist It was a big week in cross country running for NIC-10 teams. Belvidere North seemed to distance themselves from the crowd, while Harlem also put up some good times. The week started...

    • Posted September 30, 2009
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  • Harlem starts fast, outlasts Hononegah

    By Matt Nestor Sports Columnist It is a new season. There are some new players. But when Harlem and Hononegah squared off, it looked like a replay of last year’s game. The Huskies (4-1) stunned Hononegah (4-1)...

    • Posted September 30, 2009
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  • Extreme Makeover complete in northwest Illinois

    Episode to air in December 2009 or January 2010 From press release FREEPORT, Ill.—It wasn’t your typical vacation for the Stott family. They left home Thursday, Sept. 10, for a trip to San Francisco, courtesy of—and accompanied...

    • Posted September 23, 2009
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  • Matthew Santos breathes new life into acoustic music

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Some singer/songwriters may need a tune or two to identify with an audience. A few quiet warm-up numbers often soothe the crowd, creating an atmosphere of anticipation as more gripping songs progress....

    • Posted September 23, 2009
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  • Hanging Out in Rockford: Making sausages and other things—A dinner with Gerlinde

    By Mike Leifheit Columnist Gerlinde calls me back in response to a proposal concerning a Gerlinde night at the Irish Rose. She has a big following, and now that she has closed her downtown restaurant, I have...

    • Posted September 23, 2009
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  • Literary Hook: ‘The circle is unbroken’: The ’60s in our 60s

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet When President Obama first took office, no one could have predicted the magnitude of crises he would have to face from the moment he stepped into office until now. Even the...

    • Posted September 23, 2009
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  • Tube Talk: Emmy wrap-up

    By Paula Hendrickson Contributing Writer The biggest shock with this year’s Emmy Awards wasn’t who won, although there were a few surprises. The real shocker was that the broadcast was actually entertaining! The bulk of the credit...

    • Posted September 23, 2009
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