MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Curious minds We’ve all learned a good deal about the Islamic religion in the past 10 years. Before 9/11, most of us had no idea it came in two flavors, Sunnis and Shiites. But curious minds want to know: why don’t the two denominations get along? So I looked it up. It goes back to […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

History of Social Security Three weeks ago, my youngest daughter, Kimberly, received her master’s degree from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse from Chicago’s DePaul University. At the department’s awards banquet, Dr. Deborah Brandt, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave the keynote speech, titled “Taking Writing Seriously.” DePaul couldn’t have […]


7 Joan Burgess, Karen Kalemba, Mariah Main, JoAnne Martin, Ben Peterson, Barb Stein 8 Bernie Cavner, Jerry Conley, R. Graham Greenland, Olive Lawton, Judy Peters 9 Anne Bartish, Lonnie Herrington, Terry Kalemba, Mary Lou Preston, Debbie Schuhman, Lorna Smith 10 Rena Bustraan 11 Alvera Dombrowski, Ralph Leistner 12 Bryan Boersma, Sue Hone, Jill M. Mackie, Pam Reed 13        Molly Brasure, Alyssa Jerrils, Maureen Mawby, Catie Rietsema, Cindy Schluckebier

A Message for You

Midlife Crisis by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church There was a hit song by Paul Simon back in 1986 that can best be described as a man experiencing a midlife crisis. He’s walking down the street and his head full of unanswered questions. Why am I so soft in the middle? Why am I […]

Consignment shop offers free lunch as thank-you

by ERIN COLE  For 10 years Gild the Lily, a consignment shop located in Rockford, has sold top-quality secondhand women’s clothing, home decor and furniture. They are more than just a shop, though; they are a valuable part of the community. In 2010, Kimberly Johnson and Carol Keller, owners of Gild the Lily, started a […]