What’s Cooking, April 30, 2009

  Jewels that Melt in Your Mouth  by JEANNE BRIGGS Remember when we were kids, we ate a lot of carrots, always raw and dipped or sprinkled with salt? I think that’s the way many folks approach carrots’as a snack between meals or on a relish tray, or perhaps chopped for a stockpot or in a […]

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North Rockford Middle School’s James

James Spencer Staley

  A kind-hearted person quick to lend a helping hand James Spencer Staley, age 13, is North Rockford Middle School’s Example in Excellence for 2009. Jamie, son of Eric and Caroline Staley and brother to Katherine and Michael, is a kind-hearted person with a polite and positive manner and always quick to lend a helping […]

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Morel hunters, grab your mesh bags

First morel in Rockford?

  Did Squire Editor Beth Altena find the first morel mushroom in Rockford? This little beauty, a half-free early variety, was found in a park in the Rockford school district on Sunday, April 26. If other mushroom fans have had some luck, don’t forget to share your finds by sending us pictures and precise details […]

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Home razed despite neighbors’ concerns

Home at 138 Main Street, Rockford was demolished.

Main Street Rockford resident Sonja Glass believes the city should have given her more warning that the house next to hers was coming down. She also believes the demolition may not have been safe due to possible asbestos. Glass has been living in a historic home next to 138 Main, which was demolished on Friday, […]

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Shoetown no more? Tannery closes doors

END OF AN ERA—One hundred years of history ended Saturday when Wolverine closed the doors to the tannery and its former workers.

Marsha Pollaski and her husband Jim worked at the tannery in downtown Rockford for 22 years. “I was the first one to break down and start bawling,” she said of the January announcement that the facility would close. ” I bawled all day.” Pollaski said that since January, Wolverine has been closing down different departments […]

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