THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Current Social Security rules reviewed The topic of Social Security constantly comes up as part of the talk in Washington these days. It gets especially feisty when they start discussing how Social Security is impacted by whether or not the debt limit is increased. Politicians, bureaucrats and pundits in favor of increasing the debt limit […]

Rock the Dam kickoff a rocking hit despite heat

Youth bands showed tremendous talent and energy during the first week of  Rock the Dam brought to you by Studio D2D.

Studio D2D brings music festival/band concert to downtown by BETH ALTENA “I was really impressed with the youth bands. They seemed to like each other and support each other,” said Dan DeWard of Studio D2D in Rockford, who brings downtown another annual event to anticipate in Rock the Dam battle of the bands. The new […]

City maintains high AA bond rating

Household buying level at 111 percent of nation Standards and Poors considers Rockford’s financial practices good under their Financial Management Assessment (FMA) methodology. “In  our opinion the city’s overall debt burden is moderate at 4.3 percent of market value and $3,632 per capital,” read a credit report provided after a review of the city’s bond […]

Farm market contest exhibits democracy in action for everyone—young, old alike

All the way from the city of Wijk bij Duurstede on the Rhine River in the Netherlands are (l–r) siblings Marcel, 6, Miriam, 10, and Annelies Boogaard, 12. The Boogaard kids were in the USA along with their parents, visiting family in the Rockford area. While here, they took in the Rockford Farm Market and told us they were “blown away.” Farm markets are everywhere in the Netherlands—for that matter, throughout Europe—and the kids said they thought our hometown farm market was “really neat.” Because sisters Miriam and Annelies both had e-mail addresses, they were able to cast votes for Rockford in the nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest. With no age or citizenship restrictions required to vote in the contest, their smiling faces tell a thousand words.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Newspaper, television and radio coverage of Rockford’s weekly standings in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest has caused a strong up-tick in Saturday morning attendance at the downtown Rockford Farm Market. After reading and hearing of our improbable current first-place standings in the nationwide contest, farm market lovers from throughout […]

Volley for Mitchell turns 5


Four additional courts at NRMS to be added to accommodate record participation Volley for Mitchell 4-on-4 Charity Volleyball Tournament turns 5 in 2011 and is receiving a birthday present from AT&T. Tournament organizers recently announced that the 2011 event will be underwritten by a generous gift from AT&T in the amount of $ 3,500. “When […]