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Managing native landscapes topic of Feb. 20 event at Woodward Tech Center

Staff Report Learn about how to manage native landscapes in a non-harmful way during “Managing Weeds Without Using Chemicals” from 7
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Ask the Doc: Can upper cervical chiropractic help traumatic brain injury?

Editor’s note: Dr. Philip Schalow’s featured article, “Ask the Doc,” appears monthly. This is the 13th column in the series.
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Health advocacy groups urge legislators to streamline patient access to meds

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Illinois House Human Services Committee will take up a bill designed to
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To Write Love On Her Arms founder at Rock Valley College Feb. 6

Online Staff Report To Write Love On Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski will be speaking at Rock Valley College (RVC)
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PPSOC to offer public program in March

Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — The Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC) offers interesting, informative programs in November and March
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Rockford Orthopedic Associates continues support of food bank

• More than $250,000 donated to support childhood hunger programs in Winnebago County over past 10 years Online Staff Report Rockford Orthopedic Associates
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Rock River Valley Pantry offers evening hours for working families

Online Staff Report Anticipating an increased need to serve working families and individuals as a result of the recent closing of
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Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic opens in Boone County

Online Staff Report BELVIDERE, Ill. —The Boone County Health Department will open a new Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinic Thursday, Feb.
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RVC Dental Hygiene Clinic seeks patients

Online Staff Report Rock Valley College’s (RVC) Dental Hygiene Program is looking for patients who have not received regular routine dental
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SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center releases annual report

Online Staff Report The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center has released its online annual report for 2013. Available at www.swedishamerican.org/CAR, the report
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U of I Extension offers Meals for a Healthy Heart

By U of I Extension February is American Heart Month. University of Illinois Extension supports efforts to raise awareness about heart
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Crimson Pointe earns ‘Caring Stars 2014’ award for service excellence

Online Staff Report Crimson Pointe Assisted Living has been selected a “Caring Star” of 2014, as part of an annual program
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U of I Extension offers ‘Meals for a Healthy Heart’; deadline Feb. 14

By University of Illinois Extension BELVIDERE, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension Boone County will offer “Meals for a Healthy Heart,”
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Youth nature programs offered at Atwood Park

Staff Report Rockford Park District’s Atwood Center invites youth ages 6-12 for Atwood Wanderings activities each Saturday in February (Feb. 1,
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Cardiology Millennium Conference set for Feb. 3

Staff Report Monday, Feb. 3, the Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican will present the 19th annual Cardiology Millennium Conference for professionals, and
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SwedishAmerican relocating Rockford immediate care services

Staff Report Tuesday, Feb. 4, SwedishAmerican Medical Group will relocate immediate care services in Rockford from its Brookside clinic (North Alpine
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‘Large Predators Return … Or Are They?’ set for Feb. 5

By U of I Extension OREGON, Ill. — Cougars, wolves and bears have all been spotted in Illinois over the past
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The use of medical marijuana and hospice

Staff Report Jan. 1, 2014, medical marijuana was legalized in Illinois for patients who qualify for the substance. This will be
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Register by Feb. 6 for Winter Trails & Naturalist Tales

Staff Report Embrace winter’s beauty through outdoor exploration and indoor inspiration at University of Illinois Extension’s fourth annual Winter Trails &
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Diabetes foot care topic of Feb. 5 presentation in Oregon, Ill.

Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — Dr. Brandon Gumbiner, DPM, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 5 meeting of the
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Adult grief support group begins Jan. 29 in Beloit, Wis.

Staff Report BELOIT, Wis. — The next Beloit Regional Hospice grief support group for any adult who has experienced the death
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Yoga Rockford: Escape the vortex: Do yoga

By Jennie Williford Pranayama Yoga Studio The Polar Vortex blew in and brought winter into full swing. Pulled into our seasonal gloomy
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Free pine mulch at 13 tree recycling sites

Staff Report Free pine mulch is available, while supplies last, at 13 sites in Winnebago County. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB)
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Julia’s Inn: Misconceptions of mainstream medicine

By Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D. Teacher of Naturopathic Medicine Years ago, people would go to the doctor when they felt sick. Nowadays, people
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January is ‘National Radon Action Month’

Online Staff Report January 2014 has been declared “National Radon Action Month” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Health agencies
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Choices Natural Market offers ‘Real Foods 101’ class Jan. 28

Staff Report Choices Natural Market will be offering a free “Real Foods 101” class that will inform the community about strategies
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Learn how to make ‘a meaningful nursing home visit’

By University of Illinois Extension BELVIDERE, Ill. — Visiting a loved one in a nursing home can be very difficult, despite
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Remedies receives grant from U.S. Bancorp Foundation

Staff Report Rockford’s Remedies Renewing Lives has received a $3,000 grant from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, which provides cash contributions to
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OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center dietitians offer grocery store tour

Online Staff Report OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center dietitians Nathan Hamman and Adam Schafer will offer a tour of healthy options
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Tribute to activist Ralph Frese at the Chicago Maritime Festival

By Susan Johnson Copy Editor The Illinois Paddling Council wishes to pay tribute to its late founder, Ralph Frese, at the Chicago
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Benefit for Rockford woman Jan. 18 at The Image

Staff Report A benefit for Roberta Bontjes-Oslund, of Rockford, whose knee replacement is likely to keep her from ever working again,
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Webinar to address FDA decision on antibiotics use in food animals

By Stephanie Henry News and Public Affairs, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. — Dec. 11,
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Wesley Willows acquires Peterson Meadows

Online Staff Report Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) and Wesley Willows have announced a change in sponsorship for Peterson Meadows,
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Lifescape hosts special ACA enrollment event Jan. 20

Online Staff Report In remembrance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, Lifescape Community Services will be holding an open health insurance enrollment
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This year’s Winterfest in DeKalb County is set for Jan. 18

Staff Report University of Illinois Extension will host its annual Winterfest Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Natural Resource Education Center in
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1st Step Chiropractic receives 2013 Best of Rockford Award

Staff Report 1st Step Chiropractic has been selected for the 2013 Best of Rockford Award in the Chiropractors category by the
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January is National Blood Donor Month

Staff Report The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) applauds the thousands of individuals who give the gift of life each
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Benefit for woman battling cancer Jan. 11

Contributed by Ashley Polecastro You can help a local woman who is bravely battling Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread
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Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due Jan. 17

Staff Report CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program
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High school FFA groups participate in county-wide Christmas tree collection

Staff Report OREGON, Ill. — Local high school Future Farmers of America (FFA) groups will be volunteering their time Saturday, Jan.
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‘Let’s Move, We Choose Health’ Jan. 11 at Discovery Center

Staff Report To start the year off on a healthy note, Rockford’s Discovery Center is teaming up with local experts for
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SwedishAmerican recognized among best in nation for bypass surgery

Staff Report SwedishAmerican Hospital has received a “three-star” rating for bypass surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS
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$230,000 in new cardio equipment at Northeast Family YMCA

Staff Report LOVES PARK, Ill. — The YMCA of Rock River Valley is ringing in the new year with new state-of-the-art
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Beloit Regional Hospice offers volunteer training; deadline Jan. 17

Staff Report BELOIT, Wis. — Join the growing team of more than 100 active volunteers for Beloit Regional Hospice from 9
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The Land Connection: Farmland Forever

  Rosy-fingered dawn spreads over the fertile floodplain of the Mackinaw River Valley in early January, 2014. Dear Friends:  As our fertile Midwest
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Eclipse Lagoon open for outdoor skating, and other Park District winter activities

Online Staff Report Grab those skates for a one-of-a-kind experience outdoors on ice! Now that the temperatures have dipped consistently below
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Step into the new year with a healthy lifestyle, not a resolution

By Phyllis Picklesimer Media/Communications Specialist, U of I ACES News and Public Affairs URBANA, Ill. — Although the most popular New Year’s
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Learn how to put your ‘Small Acres to Work’ Jan. 18

Staff Report Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional income, provide an opportunity to experiment with a
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Jan. 13 deadline for community snow sculpting competition

Staff Report Be on the lookout for “random acts of snow sculpting” going on throughout the community. Signs may start appearing
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YMCA offers ‘$0 Joiner Fee’ throughout January

Staff Report When dealing with life’s daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported and receive
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