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  • Literary Hook: ‘Midwest Winter’: A poem filled with originality and playful quality

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet Perhaps you have a friend who likes literature. A delightful Christmas gift could be The Rockford Review: Pooling Our Talents. Perfect bound with a lively, full-color cover, this collection includes poetry...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Is Lovie on the hot seat with the Bears?

    By S.C. Zuba Sports Columnist It’s no surprise the Chicago Bears have had their fair share of woes this season. The 2009 season will be remembered as a season of disappointment—one where nothing went quite as we...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Chickens as part of a sustainable lifestyle

    By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President Illinois Renewable Energy Association Renewable energy is one aspect of sustainability. The other even more important aspect is a sustainable lifestyle. We have installed a hybrid photovoltaic...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Teen bands encouraged to audition for 2010 RAMI Youth Charity Jam

    From press release Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) is inviting teen-aged bands from Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Rock counties to audition for the 2010 RAMI Youth Charity Jam. Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Comedy All-Star Tour at Coronado Jan. 22

    From press release The Bob & Tom Show and WXRX 104.9 will present “The Canadian Mist Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Scheduled performers...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Hanging Out in Rockford: A good party

    By Mike Leifheit Columnist We aren’t selling a lot of gift certificates this year. We haven’t booked a lot of Christmas parties, either. The few we have, have bucked the trend. My friend John Gradick, a Rockford...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Ruling in rodeo case possible in January

    By Stuart R. Wahlin Staff Writer Winnebago County officials say Enrique Jaime Jr. has been operating a commercial rodeo on his ranch at 14852 Hauley Road in Shirland Township. But Jaime, through attorney J.F. Heckinger, instead argues...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Lunch with Marjorie: Keep going no matter what, and be content—part two

    By Marjorie Stradinger Columnist Editor’s note: The following is the second in a three-part series. Part one appeared in the Dec. 9-15, 2009, issue. Tina Hall’s childhood, in a small German town was happy and not especially...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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  • Your Horoscope: Week of Dec. 23-29, 2009

    This Week: Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! The “blue” full moon Dec. 31 is an enlightening time. Energy and spirits begin to lift, and restrictions diminish. There has been an outpouring of argumentative behavior among...

    • Posted December 23, 2009
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