Cliff Hill

Final farewell to Gerry Pike

April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF HILL along with NANCY FAHNER-HILL Gerry Pike lived more in the last 10 years of his life than many do in their entire lifetimes. I first met Gerald Pike in the spring of 2000. Having recently purchased a new condo in the Rockford Hills Condominium community, I was outside one afternoon washing my pickup truck when a bespectacled old-timer with the biggest of [...]

Don’t talk to strangers, just look

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Kevin Tomasunas, 19 months, doesn’t know what to make of OPUS Mime (Michael Lee). Keeping a safe distance, he must surely be thinking, “Are you for real?” On the first Saturday of Harvest Fest, Kevin stood transfixed for 20 minutes while deciding to come a little closer to the mime extraordinaire or turn and run away as fast as his little legs would carry him. As it [...]

Annual run, picnic and auction draws record runners, breaks fundraising best

August 20, 2009 // 0 Comments

  BREAKING THE FINISH LINE RIBBON—In first place is Josh Miller of Rockford, at 16:07. photo by CLIFF HILL “It was a banner year,” Sandy Peterson said of the 2009 Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. In its eleventh year the annual event blew away last year’s top number of runners and walkers with an increase of about 400 to a best-ever 1,800 participating. The total [...]
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