Quilt raffle to support Relay For Life

This beautiful, full-size quilt is being raffled by Butch’s Boosters in honor of Butch Steffes, who passed from colorectal cancer. All proceeds support Rockford Relay For Life. Tickets are $5 and are available at Rockford Hardware, 643 Northland Dr. NE; Dr. Gary Fowle’s office, 120 Marcell Dr.; and the Institute of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, 65 S. Main St. #C. The drawing will be held at Relay For Life of Rockford on May 19 at 2 p.m.

 

MacGregor states concerns over kindergarten funding

State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement recently in response to his vote against the House Fiscal Year 2013 School Aid Budget: “Although there were many positive reforms in this budget, I have serious concerns with the change in how kindergarten is funded. The budget takes away half of the funding for kindergarten […]

It’s official – Bostwick Lake Inn open for business

Early arrivers, BLI renovation electrical contractor Geoff Mester and wife Alyssa. Both steak lovers, they were obviously delighted with their choices of a tender and mouthwatering 5 oz. Prime Filet and a side of Truffled Black Lentil soup for Alyssa and a succulent Cast Iron Natural Angus New York Strip on a bed of Farm Country Extra Sharp Cheddar Potato Gratin blended with fried spinach for Geoff.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Under the banner of the Gilmore Collection of restaurants, the Bostwick Lake Inn (BLI) opened its doors for business this week Tuesday. Your reporters had the good fortune to be invited as guests to one of three days of an invitation only soft-opening. Soft-openings are meant to hone the skills […]

Group turns scraps into hope, help for hundreds

Members of the quilting group Pieces of the Heart meet during a thank-you luncheon offered by staff at Rockford Ambulance on Wednesday, April 25. The women (and one man) who turn scraps into quilts usually work from their own homes, so the visit together was a special treat.

‘This lets them know someone cares’ by BETH ALTENA  Estelle Fessenden doesn’t know exactly how many people have received quilts stitched by a group she set in place. Pieces of the Heart was an idea she had and a group she started in 2001, sewing a little love into quilts given to those in need. […]

Affordable family fun available for special needs children

Family-friendly movies are part of the low-cost, low-stress events organized by Family Hope Foundation, who are committed to providing support to children with special needs and their families.

Low-cost, low-stress events, activities designed for families of children with special needs Every family needs opportunities to relax and have fun together, and that’s especially true for families of children with special needs. Finding venues and activities that are suitable can be challenging and expensive. Family Hope Foundation has created a calendar of low-cost, low-stress […]