• Meet John Doe: Let’s build a strategic plan together, part 1 — SWOT analysis

    By Paul Gorski Given my poke at local government officials in last week’s “Meet John Doe: Local leaders didn’t know aviation, aerospace were big locally until 2006,” Sept. 25-Oct. 1 issue (http://rockrivertimes.com/2013/09/25/meet-john-doe-local-leaders-didn%E2%80%99t-know-aviation-aerospace-were-big-locally-until-2006/), I thought I’d open up...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Tech-Friendly: Home Wi-Fi security — basics plus a bit more

    By Paul Gorski This Wi-Fi security column is reader-inspired. Reader “Curt” requested to hear my recommendations for Wi-Fi security after making comments online to two recent columns, most recently to “Tech-Friendly: Computer security 101 — use strong...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Tube Talk: Getting to the root of the matter

    By Paula Hendrickson Contributing Writer TV can inspire viewers. Sometimes even in a good way. When NBC canceled the Lisa Kudrow-produced unscripted show, Who Do You Think You Are? after three short seasons, I felt a bit...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Concert Review: Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang offer true entertainment at Coronado

    By John Parks The Coronado Performing Arts Center has not been utilized nearly enough since earning landmark status and going through renovations. Gone are the days of multiple rock concert bookings during the fall and winter months....

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Literary Hook: Poem recollects the Oregon oceanside

    By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet We just returned from taking the Coastal Starlight from Tacoma, Wash., to Santa Barbara, Calif. The train trip brought back many memories of time spent on the West Coast over the...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Obituary Notices: Week of Oct. 2-8, 2013

    Robert Champion, 71, Rockford, 9/24/13 Lorrane Blaisell, 84, Rockford, 9/24/13 Jeffrey Hallberg, 44, Rockford, 9/24/13 Thomas Hogberg, 34, Rockford, 9/24/13 Stanton Phelps, 81, Rockton, 9/24/13 Howard Owens, 74, Rockford, 9/24/13 Peggy Long, 65, Rockford, 9/24/13 Marjory Guinea,...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Deer-vehicle collisions are down, and tips for avoiding one

    Staff Report BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent. Using its claims data and state-licensed driver counts...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Mr. Green Car: Tiny Chevy Spark a true ‘city car’

    By Allen Penticoff Freelance Writer Mr. Green Car is back with another small-car test/review. This time, the tiny Chevy “Spark.” The Spark is based originally on the 1998 Daewoo Matiz. A Korean car I’m sure you’ve never...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Tales from the Trough: Preseason interview with the IceHogs’ Mike Peck

    By Todd Reicher Sports Columnist Last week, I sat down with Mike Peck from the Rockford IceHogs for my annual preseason interview. Here’s a recap of our recent conversation. Todd Reicher (TR): Good afternoon, Mike. How was...

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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  • Partial government shutdown begins after lawmakers fail to reach budget agreement

    By Brandon Reid Senior Assistant Editor More than 700,000 U.S. government workers face unpaid leave after Congress failed to pass a budget for next year prior to the midnight deadline Sept. 30. The partial shutdown comes after...

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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