• Essay, Poetry and Art Contest awards given

    The Violence Prevention Collaborative of the Winnebago County Health Department was honored to host its Seventh Annual Essay, Poetry and Art Contest Awards luncheon. The pizza luncheon for the winning students, their teachers and families was May...

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  • Vince’s Notes: Local singer/songwriter Kelly Steward offers truthful emotion

    By Vince Chiarelli Right here in Rockford is a singer/songwriter named Kelly Steward. I first heard of Kelly when I listened to her EP, Long Long Road. I knew this music had to be heard, and from...

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  • Wild West Weekend at Belvidere’s Summerfield Zoo June 8-9

    Staff Report BELVIDERE, Ill. — Summerfield Zoo, 3088 Flora Road, Belvidere, Ill., will host a Wild West Weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9. Wild West activities include an authentic tipi, mining for gold, lasso a cow, stick...

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  • Bow Tie March & 5K Run to auction Rick Nielsen bow ties

    • Fund-raiser for Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center June 8 Staff Report Bow Tie March honorary chairman, Rockford’s own bow tie-wearing celebrity Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, has donated two of his fabulous bowties to benefit Healing Pathways...

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  • Guest Column: Factory farm externalities: Behind the walls and beyond the fence line

    By Karen L. Hudson Ag-gag legislation allows agribusiness entities such as factory farms to enter into what we could call a “secret witness protection” program. They aim for “the program” to be kept secret “with 24-hour-a-day protection...

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  • June 7 deadline to sign up for first of youth golf tournaments

    Staff Report June 7 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to enter the first in a series of seven youth golf tournaments to be held throughout the area this summer. The Rockford Area Youth Golf Tournament Series...

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  • The grand deception

    People buy the Illinois Lottery tickets in hopes of getting rich! But it’s a grand deception (fake illusion). Because the odds of winning much are stacked against them. And it’s a no-brainer that the ticket losses aren’t...

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  • Recreational liability legislation passes both Illinois House and Senate

    By Openlands May 31, a great conservation success was had, and we wanted you, our supporters and friends, to be the first to know. After seven years of negotiation and work by Openlands and our partners, the...

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  • Legendary Rock Interviews: Q & A with Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer

    By John Parks Longtime Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer is back on the road and supporting his debut solo record, The Way Life Goes, which is sure to make a lot of Top 10 year-end lists come this...

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  • Artist awards scholarships to 15 students

    Local and national artist Lisa Frost has awarded 15 art scholarships to area high school students. The Frost & Friends Scholarship sends these students to the Summer in the Arts, a visual art immersion camp at Northern...

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