City smokes up sewers and storms

SMOKIN’—Rockford Department of Public Works found plenty of places to plug in the City sewer lines after testing the pipes with artificial smoke. It didn’t smell nice, but will result in less storm—clean—water going into the PARCCside Clean Water Plant for processing. Earlier the former Wolverine World Wide pipes were filled with cement in an effort to reduce clean water leaking into the s

If your toilet was bubbling and spitting with black smoke this week, don’t blame your uncle’s famous chili recipe. The City of Rockford has been conducting tests of the sewer lines to find leaks and unauthorized connections. Department of Public Works staff put artificial smoke devices down City sewer connections to see what results would […]

Spring Taste of Ric’s this Saturday

PILED HIGH—These twins had a blast at the last Taste of Ric’s. Samples were more like servings, as you can see by the piled plate. “There was food everywhere,” said Store Director David Brickner.

Store Director David Brickner said he doesn’t mind the case of nerves he gets before a tasting event at Ric’s Food Center. “You can really sense the energy and how excited everyone is,” he said of the events the store at 6767 Belding Road hosts several times a year. “Each one has only been bigger […]

Life-long love of dogs leads trainer to author book

Jeanette Groner has been working with dogs since her brother-in-law introduced her to German and Belgian shepherds when she was just nine years old. The Rockford dog trainer has written a book about dog and child safety. It can be purchased at Amazon or locally at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, 4210 14 Mile Road.

Jeanette Groner hates to hear stories of children attacked by dogs, although it happens every year. She hates it because she believes it doesn’t have to happen. “The dog community needs to step up to the problem,” she said. The Rockford dog trainer took a step in the right direction herself by authoring Child and […]

Consolata Missionary Sisters take Squire on Italian vacation

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Great minds think alike Recently a group of 24 people from the Rockford/Belmont area made a 14-day pilgrimage to Italy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Foundation of the Consolata Missionary Sisters. The Consolata Missionary Sisters have a mission to participate in the mission of Christ and share the Good news with all people […]

Family restaurant booming in downtown Rockford

Cinco de Mayo owner Marco Cuellar with his family, wife Maricela, son Alan, 3 and daughter Aidee, 7, at the Rockford restaurant Wednesday, April 21.

Cinco de Mayo shows off fresh flavor, eye appeal at grand opening Cinco de Mayo restaurant owner Marco Cuellar was looking for a location to open a restaurant in the Rockford area. Meanwhile, building owner Tom Cronkright was doing his own due diligence to find a suitable tenant for his Courtland Street property. “I left […]