Garlic Mustard Removal on White Pine Trail

Friends of the White Pine Trail invites you to join us as we help rid our beautiful trail of the highly invasive garlic mustard plant. A group of volunteers will be meeting on the trail between Childsdale and House Streets on Wednesday, May 13th and again on Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 […]

10 Ways To Help Bees And Butterflies Thrive

Here’s news that’s created a buzz. Three-quarters of the world’s flowering plants and food crops rely on pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies to help them reproduce. Unfortunately, bee populations are being threatened by a range of issues such as colony collapse disorder, pesticides, mites, disease and climate change. Butterfly populations are also at […]


An American robin built this nest among the fronds of a Boston fern sitting on the front porch of Patricia Rose’s home on Myers Lake in Courtland Township, east of Rockford. Mama robin keeps a wary eye from a nearby Colorado blue spruce tree when people step onto the porch. Eventually, she settles back on the bowl-shaped nest […]

Farmer offers latest in buy local movement

Farmer Deane and Bellah show off some fast growing veggies for this spring’s dinning pleasure.

By BETH ALTENA The food you ate for dinner last night traveled to you from places farther than your last vacation if your shopping patterns are typical. Farmer Deane Brengle offers what he believes is a better option. “Community-supported agriculture is a new way to buy vegetables in season,” he stated. Last year Deane visited […]

Barbecuing with charcoal

by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware Last time, we looked at the history and the different styles of BBQ,so our next step is to delve into the original BBQ technique: wood (charcoal). There are two types of charcoal: lump and briquette. Lump charcoal has been made for thousands of years and is consider the purest […]