Squire visits SP GS-4 steam engine in Indiana

A RARE SIGHTING—The Southern Pacific GS-4 “Daylight” Steam Engine was recently in Michigan City, Ind. during a layover before continuing on its way to Durand, Mich. Andrew Kersting (pictured) said, “I thought this would be a wonderful time to get a photo of the Squire in front of such a beautiful locomotive... I’m sure you will agree!”

  Southern Pacific 4449 is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad’s (SP) GS-4 class of steam locomotives. The GS-4 is a streamlined 4-8-4 (Northern) type steam locomotive. The locomotive was built by Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio, for SP in May 1941. It received the red-and-orange “Daylight” paint scheme for the passenger […]

Couple celebrates 49th with Squire

UP NORTH—Ken and Kathy Rule spent their 49th anniversary with a trip up north and brought along the Squire. Kathy said this year, for the third year in a row, the couple enjoyed their anniversary with a dinner cruise. Pictured on the cruise are the Rules (middle couple), with new friends they made that evening. […]

Reds hosts recital for Rockford High School choir students

  While many recent high school graduates are busy with summer jobs, planning for college or pursuing career opportunities, seven young women from Rockford have been studying all summer—and loving it! Rockford High School class of 2009 graduates Dani McDonald, Danea Mather, Michelle Morgan, Liz Downer, Rena Steed, Shannon Wilson and Cristin Jamba have been […]

Sam’s Joint condos ready for sale after three years of construction

by MITCH HARVATIN Student reporter It took more time than originally thought but Sam Bravata, owner of Sam’s Joint restaurant in downtown Rockford, will be giving the okay to put the condos, located above the restaurant, on the market. The new condos should be ready for sale by the end of this week. According to […]

Saturday Night at the zoo for grown-ups

John Ball Zoo, WGVU co-host Saturday Night Alive As fundraising galas go, Saturday Night Alive offers music, food and drinks. Yet there is something very different about this event. On Saturday, August 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., adults will rule the zoo. They will have their turn to pet stingrays and enjoy the animals, […]