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  • Paddling News: The price of popularity

    By Tom Lindblade Illinois Paddling Council President Kayaking has grown to number nearly 8 million regular active participants in the U.S. alone, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (www.nsga.org). That number is up from 3.5 million...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Visitors to Rockford celebrate!

    My husband and I have just celebrated a significant anniversary in the Rockford area and want to congratulate the region for the following reasons: 1) A welcoming, well-equipped and perfectly sized Bed & Breakfast to house our...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Breast Fest July 20-22 to raise funds for breast cancer research

    By Shauna Ubersox Staff Writer At first, the terms “Breast Fest” and “Iron Skulls” do not sound terribly inviting or philanthropical. The men and women of Iron Skulls, however, are fully philanthropic, and they showcase their annual...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Guest Column: Landfill lawsuit likely

    By Paul Gorski The Winnebago County Board voted to allow the landfill expansion, and now it seems the board may not have followed the evaluation rules for approving a landfill, guidelines clearly defined in Illinois Environmental Protection...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Help make wishes come true — become a wish granter!

    Staff Report Have you ever envisioned granting a wish? More than 10,000 children across Illinois have experienced the magic of a wish coming true, thanks to the hundreds of local volunteers and community supporters of Make-A-Wish Illinois....

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Lawn Care News: Drought: Is my lawn dormant or dead?

    By Debra Levey Larson Media/Communications Specialist, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. — Grasses can survive drought, but even dormant turfs require some water, according to University of Illinois researcher Bruce...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Rockford man featured in Mitchell Airport campaign

      Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is set to launch a new ad campaign featuring its customers, including Rockford resident Greg Galen. A Fluidmaster, Inc., sales manager who flies about 20 times per year, Galen recently...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Summer Olympics: Olympic uniforms aren’t all that’s produced overseas

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Talk about “much ado about nothing.” That’s exactly the way I would sum up the controversy swirling around the U. S. Olympic team’s uniforms. Everyone from John and Jane Doe in Anytown,...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Army Corps of Engineers releases fishing reports

    Staff Report CHICAGO — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released two reports July 5, the “Treaty Rights and Subsistence Fishing in the U.S. Waters of the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River Basins”(Subsistence Fishing...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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  • Grief Center to hold creative coping group for kids; deadline July 23

    Staff Report The Grief Center at Northern Illinois Hospice will host 90-minute sessions using play-based therapy and other creative coping techniques for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The creative...

    • Posted July 18, 2012
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