RAAC holds fundraiser at Barnes & Noble

On Friday, April 1, the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) will hold a fundraiser at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Woodland Mall, where 10 percent of anything purchased in the store will benefit the arts in Rockford. If you’re looking for something to do during spring break, stop in and buy a latte and […]

A Message for You

Winter Remains While Spring Arrives by PASTOR JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church With the ice still glistening on the evergreens, prairie grass, bare branches and power lines, spring has not exactly burst upon the scene. There is no clean break it seems between the seasons. Spring breaks are alluring where we can make the […]

Reader tells story of giving experience


by LYNN HAMMER Such fun! I love getting my hair cut! Don’t you? But this time, I waited two years to do it, so it meant a little bit more this time around. It also meant more because I donated my hair to Locks of Love. It felt good. But I didn’t do it to […]


Soupal In loving memory of our beautiful baby girl, Jessica Grace Soupal, who passed away eight years ago on March 29, 2003. I saw a little girl today, She reminded me of you. Apple cheeks, rose-bud lips, And pretty eyes of blue. Our eyes met for a moment, I smiled, she smiled too. Then, before […]

Business expands, moves after six months

Lynette TenBrink couldn’t be happier about her store, Sassy Pants Boutique, which opened in September 2010. After six months of girls’ clothing, accessories, gifts and custom décor, TenBrink has moved to a larger location at 51-1/2 E. Bridge Street (next to The Sweet Tooth).

Sassy Pants outgrows former location Plenty of people warned her not to do it. Lynette TenBrink had a good job with great benefits, but wasn’t happy working in the medical administration field, so she quit to realize her dream of owning a business. After just six months, the business she opened in downtown Rockford, Sassy […]