Rockford remembered our heroes Monday

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Rockford joined the country remembering our fallen heroes on  Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.  Many celebrations include arts and craft booths, entertainment, pig roasts, and parades with lavish floats. In contrast, Rockford’s traditional Memorial Day celebration, sponsored by American Legion Post 102, focused on the true purpose of the holiday-to honor the men and women […]

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Rockford crew finishes big at National Regatta

Showing off their first-place awards—and new uniforms—is the women’s freshman eight team of (front, l–r) Emily Prus, Kendall McConnohie, coxswain Rebecca DeKorne, Kaitlyn Fugate; (back) Jessica Wheeler, Kendra Bilardello, Kate Fraser, Kara Korson, Andrea Galloway and Coach Tim Jacobs. The team claimed first place in their event at the Scholastic Rowing Association National Regatta in Princeton, N.J. on May 23.

On Thursday, May 21, four Rockford crew women’s boats embarked on a journey that would prove to be a very successful weekend at the 75th Scholastic National Regatta in Princeton, New Jersey. The best crew teams gathered to compete against the best of the best at Mercer Lake to find out who is top in […]

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Plainfield man dies in motorcycle accident

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Mark Gillikin, 48, was pronounced dead at Spectrum Hospital after sustaining critical injuries about 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 25 on West River Drive. He had been driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle. According to Kourtland Ford, eyewitness to the accident who phoned in the 9-1-1 call, an eastbound Chevy Blazer was waiting in the left […]

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Soldier shares birthday with Lakes pen pals

PFT Berli’s unit have been pen pals with the Lakes Elementary class of his nephew, Brennon Shupe (in blue in center). During Berli’s leave, during which he celebrated his 21st birthday, he visited the class to tell how important their letters and packages have been.

Army Private First Class (PFC) Andrew Berli, a 2006 Comstock Park High School graduate, is used to going into hostile and uncertain situations while on duty in Iraq, but when entering Lakes Elementary School in Rockford on Wednesday, May 20, Berli was nervous for a whole different reason.  He was going to meet his fifth […]

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Birthday haircut a gift for someone

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  Marissa Bouwkamp waited her whole life to do this. The 10-year-old Parkside Elementary student donated 13 inches of her hair to Locks of Love.  Marissa’s grandfather died of cancer and the girl wanted to do something to help others fighting the disease. Bouwkamp has never had her hair cut, and started to get cold […]

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