Adventurer takes trip to the ‘end of the world’

Rockford resident Debra Smitter spent three weeks experiencing one of the most extreme environments on Earth as she voyaged to Antartica aboard a retired Russian research vessel.

Aruba or Antarctica? For an adventurous Rockford woman, the answer was Antarctica. Deb Smitter was considering a jaunt to Aruba with her sister when the plan fell through. Facing a vacation alone, she decided to sign up for a trip that she likely would never find a friend or family member willing to join along. […]

Dogs in at Farm Market, fowl out for downtown

Dogs—on leash—are welcome back to the Rockford Farm Market after a Rockford City Council decision on Monday, April 12. An ordinance allowing domestic fowl was defeated during the same meeting. Council members were in disagreement over both issues, and voted three to two on each topic. Brien Dews, newest council member, introduced the Farm Market […]

‘They broke in and went shopping’

EdgeKim

Salon robbery mystifies, devastates stylists and owner When Kim Jamison opened the doors to The Edge salon on Tuesday, April 13, she knew immediately something was wrong. There was glass on the floor, the 42-inch flat screen television was gone and stylists’ stations were robbed of equipment. “It is devastating. This is our livelihood. We […]

Roll up your pant legs for Bear Creek Waterfest Saturday, April 24

The rubber ducky race is always a popular activity at Waterfest.

The annual Bear Creek Waterfest  will be Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until noon at Townsend Park, corner of Cannonsburg Road and Ramsdell Drive in Cannon Township. The public is invited to take part in a morning of food, educational fun and activities. Now in its seventeenth year, the Bear Creek Waterfest is a […]

Twelve Odyssey teams advance to state finals

Rockford students compete at the Odyssey regional competition.

Rockford competed in the regional Odyssey competition, sending 18 competitive teams and seven primary teams.  The primary team members are in grades kindergarten through second. The teams work to problem solve creatively, take part in spontaneous competition and do a presentation of their problem solution. Rockford entered teams from Crestwood Elementary, coached by Diane Jones; […]