Harvest Fest entertainer shares story of life in world of art

Frenz Coffeehouse owner Rich Zeck poses with a caricature of himself created by Louise Bauer. Bauer annually sets up a booth during the three weekends of Harvest Fest, where she can be seen plying her trade in front of the Welcome Center by Great Northern Trading Company.

Visitors to the three weekends of Harvest Fest are sure to enjoy new experiences, but can also find plenty of familiar faces. This year’s three weekends of festivities include the Make-it and Take-it Scarecrow event at the Rockford Historical Museum all three weekends, September 25 and 26, October 2 and 3 and October 9 and […]

Author stops in Rockford on national book-signing tour

Frenz Coffee House owner Rich Zeck (right) welcomes police officer and author Barry W. Ozeroff (left) for a book signing as part of Ozeroff’s national tour.

by RICH ZECK Police officer and author Barry W. Ozeroff from Portland, Ore., pulled into Frenz Coffee House last week to sign copies of his latest book “The Dying of Mortimer Post.” The author is on a national book promotional tour that started in Oregon and goes to Ohio, down to Florida, then to San […]

Where can Rockford go for questions on aging?

Brooke Zehr (left) and Lauren Woodard love helping older adults.

by RICH ZECK When talking with older adults, a common question arises: Who can I call for help? Sadly, many older adults and their family members are not sure who to call for help. A local program helps to take the guesswork out of who to call for age-related questions. The outreach and assistance program […]

Community says goodbye, Ram Nation

by RICH ZECK The Ram Nation was more than just a store with hip styles and every kind of Rockford paraphernalia; it was a business that defines what the American entrepreneurial spirit is all about. People may see the store’s closing as a sign of the times-but don’t feel sorry for owners Kevin and Rachelle […]

Sick of Gloom and Doom? Rockford Reports Positive News

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by BETH ALTENA We need to get over our pride and ego and get on with our lives, Frenz Coffehouse owner Rich Zeck believes. He is one of many local businesess people who haven’t bought into the news that we are going through the worst of times. “I can speak for myself because I have […]