Holiday season begins with lighting ceremony, open houses


Start the holiday season with old-fashioned ceremony in downtown Rockford November 17 and two evenings of special offers and warm wishes November 17 and 18 as Rockford rings in the holiday season. On Wednesday, November 17 the lighting of the trees ceremony will be held at Peppler Park listen to music from the Rockford choirs […]

Ric’s to hold drive for Lean on Me Outreach

Each morning Ric’s Food Center loads a Lean on Me truck with product from the store. Store Director Dave Brickner, pictured with a Lean on Me volunteer, said he estimates the store gives Lean on Me $500 to $1,000 worth of product—dairy, produce, deli, bakery items and more—every day.

Public invited to help others in need When Ric’s Food Center planned opening their doors three years ago, they knew there would be extra product—produce, deli and more—that would go unsold yet still be perfectly good. The family-owned company looked around Rockford for a deserving charity and found Lean on Me Outreach. “We give them […]

Birth dates send Rockford woman’s story around the world

The Soper family, Barbie, Chad, Cearra, Cameron, and Chloe have been in the media spotlight with global coverage of the unusual birth dates of the three children. Photo by CINDY CORSTANGE

Story published in 20 different languages by BETH ALTENA Barbie Soper said she is glad no one reads Albanian, because she was misquoted in that article. The world-famous Rockford mother of three who had her children on 8/8/08, 9/9/09 and 10/10/10 said the publicity she is receiving is far beyond anything that she could have […]

Voters choose a new face for Rockford City Council


by CLIFF and NANCY HILL A tsunami of change swept the nation on last Tuesday’s national election day. The giant wave had enough inertia to even affect Rockford’s non-partisan City Council election. Five well-qualified candidates were vying for two open seats on the five-member Rockford City Council. In a stunning defeat Rockford Mayor Janice (Chi-Chi) […]

Veterans honored Nov. 11 with local services

The Color Guard, Sons of the American Legion, Squad #358 will perform a 21-gun salute.

Veteran’s Day, November 11, will be recognized with a brief flag-raising ceremony with coffee and donuts at Lakes Elementary School from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and an evening service at Memorial Park in Belmont, at the intersection of Belmont Road and Jupiter Avenue at 7 p.m. According to organizer and township trustee Charles Weldon, the […]