Artist’s passion for environment lives on in book

Prior to his May 2010 death Rockford artist Mark Heckman illustrated a book now being toured to children across the midwest.

Peter Wege finances educational efforts by BETH ALTENA Whether Rockford artist Mark Heckman’s billboards made people laugh or shocked them, they were always noticed. Now, after Heckman’s death in May 2010 at age 49, following a two-year battle against non-Hodgekins lymphoma, the passion that inspired him lives on in a book tour aimed at raising […]

30-year blizzard buries city

DPS DIGS OUT IN DAYS-—Jamie Davies, director of the Department

   

The Rockford Squire/The Rockford Weekly Register celebrates 140th

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by BETH ALTENA Anyone visiting the Squire office may have noticed a yellowed newspaper framed and hanging on our wall. It’s old, but you would have to look closely to see the significance. Dated February 8, 1871, the print on the brittle paper reads that it is Issue 1, Volume 1. This week The Rockford […]

Wolverine speaks up over development disharmony

Wolverine spokesperson Christi Cowdin said plans haven't really changed. There will be a shoe store and still be green space on the downtown Rockford property.

‘At no time did we decide not to build the shoe store’ by BETH ALTENA  Christi Cowdin, corporate communications spokesperson for Wolverine World Wide (WWW), said news stories of Wolverine’s decision not to build a shoe store this spring on the site of the former tannery have been misleading. “It’s a matter of timing,” she […]

Leaders panel examines the state of the community

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by BETH ALTENA  The year 2011 is a milestone for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, which will celebrate 50 years of supporting the greater Rockford business community. At the organization’s December luncheon, a panel of five community leaders shared their thoughts on the present and future of Rockford. Rockford Chamber Board President Dr. Carl Stites, […]