Boys earn communication badges with visit

A group of Scouts visited the office of The Rockford Squire this spring to learn about communication and qualify for badges. The kids had plenty of interesting questions about the newspaper business and showed a keen interest in some of the old equipment at the Squire. They learned that the newspaper has been in the town since the first edition of the Rockford Weekly Register in February 8, 1871. As part of their “tour,” each youngster was able to see what was front page news the week they were born.

Independent Bank, Boy Scouts team up to support Operation Popcorn

Independent Bank offices across the state are collecting donations for Boy Scouts of America to support “Operation Popcorn,” a program that raises money for the Boy Scouts and sends popcorn to our troops overseas for the holidays. Donations can be made at any Independent Bank office through December 30. The donations will be given to […]

Tale of tenacity—Eagle Scout has had long journey since Lakes Elementary

Andrew Manning has completed the requirements to be an Eagle Scout.

by BETH ALTENA Future Eagle Scout Andrew Manning, 17, a senior at Rockford High School, thought of his former elementary school when it was time for his last Boy Scout project. The strides he’s made in his career with the organization are nothing short of amazing, as few Scouts ever make it to Eagle Scout, […]

Scouts prepare gardens for Memorial Day

Scouts and veterans pay tribute to the American Flag during the playing of “Taps.”

Local Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts gathered on Thursday, May 27 at Blythefield Memory Gardens for the annual decorating of the veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. The event opened with a memorial flag ceremony conducted by local veterans as “Taps” was played. The young people then gathered handfuls of flags and went row […]

Belmont Veterans Day service the largest by far

Plainfield Township Supervisor George Meek speaks during a ceremony at the Belmont veterans memorial on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov.11. Behind him are State Representative Vern Ehlers, Representive Tom Pearce and Senator Mark Jensen.

  A ceremony in Belmont for veterans on this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, was by far the largest held there, said Plainfield Township Supervisor George Meek. Meek read a description he found defining a veteran. He said a veteran is someone who has written a blank check in service of his country, payable up […]