• Guest Column: Kishwaukee River considerations

    By Tom Lindblade Illinois Paddling Council President Editor’s note: These remarks were delivered at the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board meeting Wednesday, June 20. As President and Safety Chairman of the Illinois Paddling Council as well...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Hockey: Blackhawks sign Bollig, Smith and Hutton, release Salak

    Staff Report CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith on two-year contracts, and goaltender Carter Hutton on a one-year contract. Additionally, the team has released goaltender Alexander Salak....

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • One Green Thing: Should it be ‘reuse, recycle or dispose’ with paint?

    By Jan Herbert Rockford Park District Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Firefighter Battle set for June 23 at Sportscore II

    Staff Report Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its inaugural Firefighter Battle Saturday, June 23, at Sportscore II, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, Ill. The Firefighter Battle is a family-friendly event, testing...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Gardening News: Carroll County Garden Walk June 29-July 1

    Staff Report The Second Annual Carroll County Garden Walk is set for June 29-July 1. The creative efforts of 20 gardeners in Savanna, Thomson, Mt. Carroll and Lanark will be featured during the event. Gardens range from...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Wild Ones to host program on growing your own native plants

    Staff Report Wild Ones — Rock River Valley Chapter, will host a program titled “From Seed to Flower: Growing Your Own Native Plants” at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N....

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Are taxpayer dollars the answer?

    In response to Guest Column: “Hope for Illinois state parks and great outdoors?” By Jack Darin, Director, Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter (May 30-June 5, 2012) Mr. Darin: Why does the Illinois government have to solve all of...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Theater Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ a stunning production at Pec Playhouse

    By Edith McCauley Theater Critic Currently playing at Pec Playhouse in Pecatonica, Ill., To Kill a Mockingbird, the excellent adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic story of the South in the 1930s, tells of the values that so...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Food crisis — large gardens needed

    The weather patterns have changed, which has resulted in droughts in some places, floods in some places, freezes in some places. All that bad weather causes the farmers to have misfortune — crop failures, shortage of foods....

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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  • Montgomery group honored for humanitarian efforts

    Belvidere-based Child Initiative International (CII), a nonprofit organization assisting children in the U.S., Africa and India, presented its 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award to Genesis Community Church in Montgomery, Ill., Sunday, May 6. The annual award...

    • Posted June 20, 2012
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