September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

By TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Lots of questions have been asked by people interested in our upcoming fundraising auction. Most of this column will give answers to a lot of the inquiries, but if readers need clarification or more information, please call 1-616-866-0530. Let’s start by explaining that the auction will be in three parts. Presently over eighty individual entrees are posted for the on-line auction and can be seen at or at These can be viewed and maximum bids can be placed now. All information about the on-line rules is on the site. On Thursday, September 27, 2012, individual bidding starts at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 6:00 P.M. The on-line part concludes on September 27, so that will be a busy bidding day. The second part of the fundraiser concerns a silent auction. It will take place inside the new museum (old 63rd district courthouse building) starting Friday, September 28 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. and continuing on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. All silent auction items will close at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday. Over 150 items are available for silent bidding. The third portion of the project is a live auction, which will occur at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 29. It will be held in the south end of the parking lot behind the new museum on the corner of Maple and Main Streets. Look for the tent where about fifty items will be auctioned live to the highest bidder. All bidders in the silent and live auctions have to register in order to bid. This will not take much time, but participants might want to arrive early to get a bidder number. Music will be part of the day before the live auction Saturday. Here are answers to other questions: Do you still need volunteer help? Yes, please call 866-0530 if available. Do you still want auction donations? Our cut off date was September 19, however if you have an item you think we should have, give us a call. Is there a list of silent or live auction items available? We will have a listing of most items in next week’s Rockford Squire. Look for our full page advertisement. A listing is […]

Showers participates in University of Evansville Freshman service project

September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

The University of Evansville (UE) is proud to announce that Shain Showers of Belmont participated in the Freshman Service Project on Monday, August 20. The project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville, Ind., including parks, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations, to perform tasks ranging from painting to cleaning to landscaping. The Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin. “The goal of the Freshman Service Project is to help new students such as Showers get acquainted with the community they’ll call home during their college years,” said Geoff Edwards, director of UE’s Center for Student Engagement and coordinator of the Freshman Service Project. “Last year, UE students contributed more than 19,000 hours of community service, and we hope the Freshman Service Project inspires many students to continue serving the Evansville community.”

Save seeds and plant a native prarie

September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

The September meeting of the Rockford Garden Club, free and open to the public, will meet Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple, in downtown Rockford. Ruth Oldenburg, an Advanced Master Gardener and Master Naturalist will speak on how to collect and save seeds from your garden and how to plant and maintain a native prairie. The meeting is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.  

RHS senior story one of work, reward

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by TAYLOR BUSKARD For most high school students, senior year is a year to remember: A time for friends, and a time for relaxing. It is the time to go fishing, and the time to stay out late. Many look back on their senior year with memories of parties, trying to find the right dress for prom, and of course the classic senior pranks. But for me, my senior year will always be something more than that. Imagine a hole dug in the ground for a bathroom, a room with a dirt floor, and a crowd of quiet strangers full of despair. This is my glory; this is what will without a doubt be one of the most unforgettable memories in my life. From 1960 to 1996 the country of Guatemala experienced heartbreak and warfare. A civil war tore through the land and left behind in its path thousands of orphans and widows. They were alone, frightened, with no place to call their own. Victims watched their children and spouses suffer; they smelled the smoke as their very own homes were burned to the ground. Cries of sorrow rang throughout the villages as young children ran for their lives into hiding. Although the worst may have ended in 1996, the despair has still yet to be extinguished. People struggle day to day to survive, living in places that are not sufficient enough for survival. Last week, I, as well as 16 others from BridgeWay Community Church, had the chance to reach out and help these innocent people. Our high school youth group raised enough money to travel to Guatemala and purchase building materials. We then traveled 10 hours by bus to a remote village where we were able to build 10 homes for widows who had almost nothing. Although they had no way to pay us back, they gave me so much more than they could ever know. When first arriving at the village, everything was in slow motion. As we all stepped out of the bus together, we were met by dozens of curious eyes. I can imagine we looked like quite a sight with our light complexions and big goofy rain boots. My eyes gazed the crowd, stopping when I noticed little girls […]

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