REF returns Second City for encore performances

(l to r) Peggy Keane, Administrative Aide, and Sue Arend, REF Administrator, “laugh out loud” just thinking about the hilarity that Second City will be bringing to Rockford during their two January, 2012 REF benefit performances.

Keep Your Laughter Local  by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL When Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe, The Second City, last appeared in Rockford in January of 2010 it was a sell-out from the “git-go”. Appearing then to headline the Rockford Education Foundation’s (REF) annual benefit concert, Second City returns again for 2 evening performances of their “Laugh […]

America’s Favorite Farmers Market 2011 closes Saturday

This Saturday’s Farm Market close is all about apples & cider, pumpkins & squash, root vegetables & mums, decadent pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread & good-bys.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL This Saturday will mark the close of the Rockford Farm Market season and what a season it was! In spite of a scant few naysayers, 6,083 market-goers weren’t wrong when they named the Rockford Farm Market as America’s Favorite Farmers Market. Sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, the June through […]

Farm market contest results unavailable as Squire goes to press

Green Thumb Acres’ Michelle Flokstra stands beside all of the ingredients needed, including secret herbs and spices, to make awarding-winning salsa.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For the past 13 weeks, The Rockford Squire, your locally owned and original hometown newspaper, has been providing exclusive front-page coverage of the Rockford Farm Market’s improbable race to victory in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. We hope you’ve enjoyed our articles as much […]

Football, Hots ‘n’ Brats, and Super Fans Two

Surrounding Lyle English and his mom Rose is the assistant coaching staff of the Rockford High School football team, (pictured l–r) Brent Cummings, David Lee, Bob Rogers, (hidden behind Lyle) Stu Wilkes, Randy VanderVeen, Rick Wilburn, Joe Schwander and Steve Dengler. The smiling assistants had just received Lyle’s specially created stained glass piece to honor the multi-talented behind-the-scenes staff.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Friday evening’s annual kick-off to the Rockford High School (RHS) 2011 football season played out to everyone’s delight. Football players, their parents and grandparents, extended families, friends and Rockford football fanatics all enjoyed an evening of preseason community building fellowship. The Rockford Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium’s home seating section […]

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Rockford City management doesn’t waste a thing! Notice the old fire hydrant mounted at the rear of a city truck as it flushes the many fire hydrants throughout the city during the next two weeks. Ingenious use of the old hydrant prevents lawn damage and high pressure water release across heavily trafficked roadways.