Shop with a Cop a celebration of community giving

GROUP EFFORT—Rockford Police officers, their family and friends, volunteers, service organizations and students (and Santa!) make Shop with a Cop a success for all each year.

‘It was something that meant a lot to me’ by BETH ALTENA When Maria Arel was in fifth grade she was one of the kids looking at winter coats, mittens and boots with a Rockford police officer and a helper by her side. Today she is a high school senior, a member of a new […]

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, […]

Happy Trails to you, Fred

Can’t tell which one is happier, Fred Meijer or Squire reporter Nancy Hill.  Picture was taken in 2008 at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Meijer funded paved extension of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail from Rockford to Sand Lake.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Tuesday afternoon found us at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to attend a visitation and pay our respects to a man we had personally come to know as one without equal – Fred Meijer. We were not there as reporters to cover Fred’s passing but rather as two of […]

Santa season arrives in downtown Rockford

Soggy Santa waves to the Squire, as he passes the Corner Bar. Photo by CLIFF HILL

Soggy Santa waves to the Squire, as he passes the Corner Bar. Photo by CLIFF HILL

Rockford Area Historical Society news and updates

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By TERRY KONKLE President As many people know, the Rockford Area Historical Society believes that the preservation and presentation of our history is important. A major goal of the group is to help fund a museum to display our history and to educate all ages as to what has happened in our area over the years. Right […]