Ceremony, open houses to kick off holiday season

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Photos by TOM SCOTT It is easy to recapture the magic of Christmases past when there is a perfect setting for it. Downtown Rockford—with its signature Currier and Ives beauty, friendly atmosphere and twinkling lights and red ribbons—is ready for another holiday season. There are plenty of activities planned for a kinder, more personal way […]

Help send local photographer to Guatemala

Rockford’s own much-awarded and celebrated nature photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki needs your help winning a free photo trip to Guatemala. On an online photoblog contest with over 2,000 entries, she has made it to the top 25 with this photo she took at Shaner Avenue and 11 Mile of a flooded corn field. Log on at rainforestalliance.org and click on link. Perhaps the amazing community that earned Rockford bragging rights to the nation’s best farm market can work a little more magic and help Stacy on her way to a once-in-a-lifetime photo trip. • • •

Rockford’s own much-awarded and celebrated nature photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki needs your help winning a free photo trip to Guatemala. On an online photoblog contest with over 2,000 entries, Stacy’s entry has made it to the top 25 with this photo she took at Shaner Avenue and 11 Mile of a flooded corn field. Log on […]

11/11/11 a special anniversary for local family

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Last year a Rockford family made world news when Barbie Soper had her third child, Cearra, on 10/10/10. The unusual date for the newborn was interesting enough, but made more surprising by the fact that her brother, one year older, was born on 09/09/09. Topping this, the Soper family’s firstborn was 11 months earlier on […]

Winter parking rules in effect for City of Rockford

Parking on all city streets in the City of Rockford is prohibited between the hours of 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. from November 15 through April 1 each year. This allows for road crews to clear these streets overnight during the winter months. Officers will be placing warning notices on cars for the next week […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Increases in benefits Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced how much Medicare premiums would increase for 2012. It was previously announced by the Social Security Administration that Social Security recipients would enjoy a 3.6% increase in benefits beginning in January 2012. Exactly how much of that 3.6% the recipients would get […]