Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher

BP’s disaster—and ours I’d like to say something about the oil gushing into the Gulf but nothing seems adequate. And others have said it all, anyway. Years ago, while working for FEMA, I was down there on a weather-related disaster. I’m sorry for those good people and for the wildlife. The oceans are irreplaceable and […]

Weather cooperates in annual outdoor Ikes Winterfest

Amy Overeiner teaching a new skier Saturday on the Ikes property.

The annual Izaak Walton League (Ikes) Winterfest was a big hit on Saturday, January 23, on Myers Lake Road. “It was a great day with almost 400 people out to enjoy the outdoor fun,” said president Georgia Donovan. The ice fishing, skating, sledding, candle-making, and cross-country skiing were very popular. Watch for more fishing events […]

Forty years after service, Vietnam veteran fights again for his life

“I fought for my life then. I’m fighting for my life now,” said Rockford resident George Thomas. With throat and neck cancer and a 50/50 chance to beat it, according to his doctors, Thomas will be spending the holidays at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and is being treated at Lacks Cancer Center in […]

Ric’s offers family fun, food at holiday event

HAMMING IT UP—Maddie, 10, and Matthew, 6, Twyman enjoyed every bit of the honey glazed ham samples they tried. “He just put it in his mouth and it was gone,” Maddie said of her brother’s sample.

Brickner said customers and vendors alike enjoy the open houses. Carriage rides outside enhanced the holiday atmosphere as did Santa and his elves indoors. Kids and adults crowded the karaoke machine and nobody should have left hungry. “These aren’t just little finger-food samples,” Brickner noted, pointing out the taste treats ranged from roast beef and […]

Words on Weather — December 10, 2009

Meteorologist Craig James, new Squire columnist

by CRAIG JAMES I want to thank the folks at The Rockford Squire for giving me the opportunity to write about two of my favorite subjects, weather and climate. Mark Twain once said, “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.” That is the best summary of the distinction between the two I […]