Super volunteers make REF Phone-a-thon a success

Linda and Peter Skornia volunteer on the phones during Rockford Education Foundation’s annual Phone-a-thon.

More than $22,000 raised for educational programs Stephanie Ragon volunteers for the Rockford Education Foundation’s (REF) annual Phone-a-thon. This is her third year making calls to the community in an effort to raise funds for educational grants. Ragon is a “super volunteer” because she doesn’t just volunteer for one shift—she’s there all three nights and […]

New Sable showroom makes homebuilding choices easy

John Bitely, vice president of Sable Homes (cutting ribbon), is pictured with his suppliers and staff along with friends from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce during a ribbon cutting of his remodeled selection center Wednesday, Feb. 22.

by BETH ALTENA “It’s all here. That makes decisions easy,” said John Bitely, vice president of Sable Homes, who was proud to show off his new selection center at the business offices at 11575 Edgerton Ave. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Bitely was joined by members of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting […]

ERMS to present Annie Jr. play


by FINE ARTS SUPER CREW PUBLICITY COMMITTEE The East Rockford Middle School sixth-grade Fine Arts Magnet (F.A.S.C.) will be performing “Annie Jr.” “Annie” is a unique musical play about a young girl whose parents left her at an orphanage when she was a baby. Annie had a note from her parents saying that they would come back for […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Presidents party Nobody showed up last week at my Presidents Day party. Something about snow. I ditched the thought of going anywhere and partied alone all day. Then I realized I could only remember about five of the old presidents. Washington is on the one-dollar bill and Lincoln on the five, that’s easy. I’m pretty […]

THE TAX ATTIC — with Jerry Coon

What would Washington think? It was 1783. The United States of America had just defeated Great Britain, the mightiest power on the face of the Earth. It was now free of the king’s tyranny. The Revolutionary War had lasted eight long years. America’s commander-in-chief, George Washington, was gravely concerned that eight years of effort would […]