Open mic brings more music to downtown

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Newly-renovated Garden Club Park has seen more music and free entertainment this summer with Open Mic Wednesdays. Individuals have been invited to show off their talent in song on the stage, located on the banks of the Rogue River on Wednesdays. “This is another way to make use of the stage and setting,” said City […]

Festival kicks off Youth Initiative fundraising, draws 1,200

SOME LIKE IT HOT—Judges for the first salsa contest in downtown Rockford were radio personality Andy Rent, Reds Chef Glen Forgie, City Manager Michael Young, Rockford Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, and On the Town’s Joanne Bailey-Voorsma.

The first Heirloom tomato festival drew crowds and helped pack downtown Rockford on Saturday, August 22. In the parking lot of the Promenade, the festival included a salsa contest that tried the taste buds of judges, who had to sample a whopping 34 salsas. Some caused sweat to break out on judges’ faces, but no […]

Birthdays – August 29 – September 4, 2009

29th Matthew Barton, Robert Hevia-Carter, Chad Elder, Russ Osbun 30th Courtney Corvers, Joanne Polasek 31st Paul Bartlett Sr., Rob Brinkman, Scot Hay, Kelly McLellan, Michael Reeds, Ken Rowley,  Bob Tidey SEPTEMBER 1st Millie Groen, Sarah McLellan, Scott Pratt 2nd Wanette Abshire, Brad Des Noyers, John Hone, Robby Kuntz, John Winks,  Marilyn Ziomkowske 3rd Anna Ellen 4th Judy Baer, Doug Behnke, Rose Doering, Travis Fase

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – August 27 2009

The Good News With all the bad news in the world, I’m happy to see that we’re getting off the gasoline kick. Crude oil was formed from living things buried under prehistoric seas, and eventually it will all be used up. The automobile made use of cheap petroleum but, a century later, it’s not so […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon – August 27 2009

Should government be involved in health care? The bill before Congress is entitled “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.” When all is said and done, the final version of the bill that President Obama signs will influence the health care of all of us, our children, and our children’s children. I believe it’s that […]