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 […]

Time to pull garlic mustard


Those who love our beautiful native wildflowers and the creatures who live among them can help keep them healthy into the future. Garlic mustard, an invasive species that chokes out local flora, is easy to identify now with its white flowers. Many nature groups in the area are holding events centered around ridding an area […]

Barbequing: an American tradition

by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware Americans love to cook and entertain outside. Some people think the reason is that we have so much outdoors to enjoy. Europeans are starting to cook outside more, but they just don’t get into it quite like Americans. Some of the best memories with family and friends are at […]