• Aug. 31 deadline for entrants in National Reuse Contest

    • Salvage Too: Rockford’s Re-Use Center calls on local artists for submissions Staff Report Salvage Too: Rockford’s Re-Use Center has been invited to participate in the first National Reuse Contest, sponsored by The ReUse People of America,...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Timber Lake Playhouse preps for busy July

    Staff Report MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), northwestern Illinois’ non-profit professional summer theater, will offer the following events this July. Footloose One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Fourth of July fourth-deadliest holiday

    Staff Report Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding drivers not to drink and drive and to wear their safety belts during this Fourth of July holiday. White warned drivers that Illinois State Police will be...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Guest Column: Something rotten in Pecatonica

    By Rob Stone Organic Gardner and Beekeeper My name is Rob Stone, and I reside in Winnebago County. I went to the Pecatonica Village president with a complaint about farming and/or spraying chemicals in a residential setting...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Guest Column: It’s time to open Thomson

    By U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling In my frequent conversations with people surrounding Thomson, Ill., I’ve heard one familiar refrain: “Open that prison!” I almost always hear a second, more urgent, message following the first: “But don’t bring...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • An interview with Timber Lake resident performer Erica Stephan

    Editor’s note: The following is an interview with Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) resident performer Erica Stephan. In her first season at TLP, Stephan has taken on the roles of Ariel in Footloose; multiple characters in Working; and...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • July 9 deadline for vendors for Bookerfest

    Staff Report For more than 20 years, Booker Washington Community Center has presented Bookerfest, a weekend festival filled with entertainment and fun for all ages. This year, the event will be at Davis Park on South Wyman...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Literary Hook: Register for Aug. 12 class at the Clearing

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet Many people in the stateline area enjoy vacation in Door County, Wisconsin. In Ellison Bay, the Clearing holds week-long seminars in the folk school tradition. Nestled on the cliffs of Green...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Civil War focus of July 10 event in Freeport

    • Noted author Suzy Barile will provide answers to the question: ‘A Confederate in our cemetery?’ Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — A popular book several years ago titled Confederates in the Attic sought to trace some of...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Beloit, Wis., ‘winning’ on new Charlie Sheen series ‘Anger Management’

    By Brandon Reid Assistant Editor Beloit, Wis., has a little “tiger blood” running through it following the June 28 premiere of Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom, Anger Management, on FX. In the second episode, run as part two...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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