Tuesdays, through November 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. Wednesdays, through November 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. Thursday, October 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Polly Bolt will present “Alaskan Culture and Traditions.” Hostesses will be Geri Winegar and Meradel Eberlein. Saturday, October 9 Parkside Walk-A-Thon—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a DJ and lots of food and fun. Everyone is welcome. Flu Shot Clinic—9 a.m. to 12 noon at First Congregational Church of Rockford, 192 East Bridge Street. Flu shots available to 50 people ages 18 and over. Bring medicare insurance card or $30 to cover the cost. There will be five pneumonia vaccines available for $35 or medicare insurance if you are a person over age 60. While at the church you are invited to browse the Books, Bling and Children’s sale in the lower level. Tuesday, October 12 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thursday, October 14 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Adult Book Discussion—6:45 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Thursday–Saturday, October 14–16 Howard City Friends Of The Library Used Book Sale—10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 16. Book donations are needed and appreciated. You can leave donated […]
October 7 2010
Skidmore-Saxton The marriage of Sheryl Saxton and Brandon Skidmore took place on August 5, 2010 on Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. Sheryl, the daughter of Toni Call and Brad Saxton of Morgan, Utah, is a 1997 graduate of Morgan West Minster High School and will graduate with a masters degree from the University of Utah in 2011. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Rolling Meadows Elementary School in West Valley City, Utah. Brandon, the son of Pat McCombs of Rockford and Fred Skidmore of Belmont, is a graduate of Rockford High School and a 1999 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Wavell Huber in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple honeymooned touring the northern California area, and reside in Salt Lake City. A reception is planned for August 2011 in Grand Rapids.
Ken and Mary Afman of Plainfield Township recently spent two weeks volunteering in Romania. They went with a group of 14 members of LaGrave Church to work in Ozd, Romania, which is located in the Transylvania area. Ozd is a small rural town of about 350 residents who travel by horse and wagon, and their cows walk down the dirt village streets out to pasture. Under the auspices of Bonus Pastor Foundation, the group dug ditches, built a three-sided storage building, and worked in a 500-year-old castle (pictured). In previous years, the group has rehabbed an old grainery into a dormitory and treatment center for recovering alcoholics.
When students give back… It’s a wonderful thing! by Tom Hosford Assistant Principal, Rockford High School Our school system is blessed to have incredibly talented students roaming the hallways from the time they are in kindergarten to the time they graduate from high school! Their achievements stretch from the rigors of the classroom and athletic fields to the polished fine arts productions and beyond. There is not a week that goes by without some sort of recognition regarding student accomplishments, and this week is not an exception. I am continuously amazed at how much our students give back to the community. Every year, the students of Rockford Public Schools give of themselves to many great and worthy causes. Whether it is a monetary donation, a canned good, an article of clothing, a pint of blood or valuable time, the students in our district treat each cause with the same amount of energy and dedication. The list of organizations that are positively affected is long and diverse. Our student body truly wants to make a difference in our community and send a positive message to society that there is somebody out there that will help during difficult times. Last year alone, our students raised tens of thousands of dollars, donated hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and canned goods, participated in a house rehabilitation project and spent countless hours planning and executing other various service projects. They do it all without judgment and without recognition, just from the bottom of their heart and for the good of humanity. We should all be proud of our students for their involvement in community service projects, and I look forward to witnessing the positive impact that will be made in the years to come!
Peshtigo Horror by CRAIG JAMES Peshtigo is a small town in northeastern Wisconsin about 50 miles north of Green Bay. Most people have likely not heard of Peshtigo, but on the night of October 8, 1871, it was in the middle of the deadliest fire in United States history. Very little news of this horrible event spread across the nation because, at almost exactly the same time, the Great Chicago Fire was destroying much of that city, capturing most of the attention. Almost unbelievably, that same night saw fires destroy much of Holland, Manistee and Port Huron, Mich. as well as a good bit of forested area in the central part of our state. The exact cause of the Chicago fire is unknown, but the blaze started at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, in or around a small shed that bordered the alley behind 137 DeKoven Street. The traditional account of the origin of the fire is that it was started by a cow kicking over a lantern in the barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary. Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican reporter who created the cow story, admitted in 1893 that he had made it up because he thought it would make colorful copy. Would news reporters just make up facts? But I digress. The fire encompassed almost 2,000 acres of the city. More than 73 miles of roads were destroyed, 120 miles of sidewalks, 2,000 lampposts, 17,500 buildings, and two to three million books. The death toll was between 200 and 300. The Chicago Water Tower is one of the few structures still standing that survived the fire. The Chicago fire was small compared to what happened in northeastern Wisconsin that same evening. The fire in this area consumed over 1.2 million acres of land, which is approximately twice the size of Rhode Island. At least 12 communities were completely destroyed with death toll numbers ranging between 1,200 and 2,500 people. The following account gives a vivid description of what happened in Peshtigo, Wis. that night beginning around 9 p.m. “A sound resembling a thousand stampeding cows or the ‘heavy discharge of artillery’ preceded the horrors that followed. The thick smoke made it difficult to see even a few feet ahead. […]