Ancient practices outlined in new calendar

John Venman speaks to Rockford and Greenville garden clubs about his belief in the ancient practice of planting and landscaping by the phases of the moon.

People have done it for centuries, but nowadays talking about it might raise a few eyebrows. Rockford landscape expert John Venman is not only willing to talk about it, he’s again created a calendar that spells out when and why of planting and landscaping by the phases of the moon. Venman, of Venman’s Landscape and […]

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Education Blackboard — April 8, 2010

Measure success based on students’ performance by MAGGIE THELEN Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Gifted and Talented Director of Instructional Technology No Child Left Behind, EdYes, MEAP tests, ACT tests, SAT tests, PLAN tests, Response to Intervention, EXPLORE tests, IDEA 2004… educators live in a world of standards and assessments. We need to look […]

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Easter coloring contest winners announced

Emma Lange, Age 4

The Rockford Squire received numerous colored bunnies. Some even had cute poems to go along with their entries. It was a hard decision, but after many oohs and aahs at all the great entries, the following winners were selected. The winners are Emma Lange, 4, Delcie Mortimore, 5, Samuel Couturier, 8, and Kelly, 10.   […]

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Words on Weather & Climate — April 8, 2010

Time zones by CRAIG JAMES I think most of us understand the basic times zones across the county. In the lower 48 states there are the Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones. However, before the advent of railroads, each city in the country had its own local time that was set to solar noon […]

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Where can Rockford go for questions on aging?

Brooke Zehr (left) and Lauren Woodard love helping older adults.

by RICH ZECK When talking with older adults, a common question arises: Who can I call for help? Sadly, many older adults and their family members are not sure who to call for help. A local program helps to take the guesswork out of who to call for age-related questions. The outreach and assistance program […]

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