- Three female fugitives wanted in New Jersey restaurant theft arrested in Illinois
- Man guilty in 2012 crash into home that injured 8-year-old
- McDonald’s: Federal complaint says company is joint employer
- T-Mobile settlement: $90M for cell phone bill cramming
- Shelter Care Ministries gets $30,000 grant
- Even more dead bees?
- Holiday travel: 98.6 million plan getaway, most on record
- Scam artists posing as utility reps, demanding payment
- Holiday mailing deadlines approach, Rockford Post Office warns
- Hispanics more than half of all renters, yet most are uninsured
FarmTown wins 2010 Environmental Hero Award
FarmTown, a program designed to teach students about food—from the beginning stages of seeds to the end stages when products are sold, delivered and consumed—was recognized April 1 as the recipient of a 2010 Environmental Hero Award. The annual award, presented by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), recognizes individuals and groups across the state that have a strong commitment to the health and protection of the environment. The announcement came just as preparation began for the second year of the program. The project gave nearly two dozen middle school students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in farming; many students had limited knowledge of the process. As part of the project, students worked nearly two-thirds of an acre that was tilled by the Rockford Park District. They attended classes led by staff from the University of Illinois Extension Office. Summer sessions also included field trips and lessons about nutrition, entrepreneurialism and farming.
From the April 20-26, 2011, issue