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What’s Local: Mrs. Fisher’s sells chips off the fryer

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Snack-food lovers were able to enjoy some freshly cooked, "Made in Rockford" potato chips this week, thanks to a company with an 86-year history. Mrs. Fisher's sold one-pound bags of its chips – hot off the presses, if you will – for $3 each Monday. The deal is part of promotion the company does once or twice a year. It's been so successful; a line often forms outside the building at 1231 Fulton Ave. When the doors open at 8 a.m., some customers buy up…

What’s Local: Family dynamics help sustain Rockford company for 50 years

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - This year marks 50 years in business for a Rockford manufacturing company. Industrial Molds Group was founded in 1968 by Jack Peterson. Today, it employs 46 people as a leading producer of molds and plastic components for Fortune 500 companies. The company also includes sister company Pyramid Plastics that makes millions of parts for a wide spectrum of customers. Six of Peterson's sons worked for the company over the years and two of them have made…

Retiring educator rides Harley through schools on last day

By Jim Hagerty Reporter STILLMAN VALLEY – The term "riding off into the sunset" has a slightly new meaning for a retiring elementary school principal. That's because Mike Coulahan did not do so on a horse last Friday. He rode through the halls of Highland Elementary School on his Harley Davidson Sportster before continuing toward the sunny days ahead. Coulahan was the principal at Highland for 12 years, after spending 11 years as principal at Monroe Center Elementary, where he also…

Catholic Diocese announces school consolidation

As part of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford's Faith Forward Strategic Plan, St. Peter, St. Bernadette and St. James schools will continue to operate independently for the 2018-2019 school year and combine into a newly named multi-parish school the following year.