City Council reverses decision, gives Historical Society chance to prove finances

Rockford Area Historical Society founding members Marv and Joan Bunn talk with President Terry Konkle and his wife Jan about fund-raising strategies for a new museum. They are pictured in the Homer Burch geneology room of the museum.

New museum could benefit downtown, community by BETH ALTENA Editor’s note: I apologize this story did not run last week as intended. It was written and sent prior to our printing deadline while I was on vacation in Maine (see pic below right). Unfortunately, it was never received by the staff working hard without me. […]

Editor hooks monster lobster

CATCH OF THE DAY—Squire Managing Editor Beth Altena pulled up an unusual catch while fishing on vacation in Maine. A lobster that must have weighed nearly four pounds is pictured with the Squire. See more about the trip on page 10 and 11. We ended up letting this monster return to the ocean, lacking the heart (and cooking pot of adequate size).

America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest heats up

The ever- smiling and congenial Market Master “Lion Bob” Winegar would love to see you stop by his booth to cast your vote for our hometown farm market in the America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As of 6 p.m. Monday evening, Rockford still led all farm markets in the nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest. But the race to the finish line (Aug. 31) is tightening up with farm markets in four states narrowing Rockford’s lead. The top five markets in vote tally are as […]

Alba Knutson celebrates 100 years of living

Centurion laughingly says, “How the heck did I live so long?”

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Alba Knutson, 100 years young, celebrated the first century of her life with 150 family members and friends Sunday, July 10, 2011. Alba (pictured center with a floral bouquet) was resplendent in a coral outfit and sported a birthday gift manicure and pedicure finished off with matching coral nail polish. In the […]

Rockford Police warn against break-ins

The Rockford Police Department is warning residents to lock vehicles after a series of thefts from unlocked cars over the weekend. They would like to remind everyone to remove their valuables and lock their car doors at night. If your car was broken into please contact the police department at (616)866-9557. Please report any suspicious […]