Festival kicks off Youth Initiative fundraising, draws 1,200

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SOME LIKE IT HOT—Judges for the first salsa contest in downtown Rockford were radio personality Andy Rent, Reds Chef Glen Forgie, City Manager Michael Young, Rockford Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, and On the Town’s Joanne Bailey-Voorsma. The first Heirloom tomato festival drew crowds and helped pack downtown Rockford on Saturday, August 22. In the [...]

Birthdays – August 29 – September 4, 2009

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29th Matthew Barton, Robert Hevia-Carter, Chad Elder, Russ Osbun 30th Courtney Corvers, Joanne Polasek 31st Paul Bartlett Sr., Rob Brinkman, Scot Hay, Kelly McLellan, Michael Reeds, Ken Rowley,  Bob Tidey SEPTEMBER 1st Millie Groen, Sarah McLellan, Scott Pratt 2nd Wanette Abshire, Brad Des Noyers, John Hone, Robby Kuntz, John Winks,  Marilyn Ziomkowske [...]

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – August 27 2009

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Roger Allen, publisher. The Good News With all the bad news in the world, I’m happy to see that we’re getting off the gasoline kick. Crude oil was formed from living things buried under prehistoric seas, and eventually it will all be used up. The automobile made use of cheap petroleum but, a century later, it’s not so cheap anymore. One look at the Interstate and [...]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon – August 27 2009

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Jerry Coon, Enrolled Agent Should government be involved in health care? The bill before Congress is entitled “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.” When all is said and done, the final version of the bill that President Obama signs will influence the health care of all of us, our children, and our children’s children. I believe it’s that big of a [...]

City Manager offers insight on DDAs

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After reading last week’s article in the Rockford Squire, I thought it would be helpful to provide additional information on the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the proposal to extend the term of the DDA for an additional thirty (30) years. As reported in the Squire the original DDA was formed in 1984. At the time a DDA is created, a base SEV is [...]
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