Clear calendar for community-wide celebration

The ever popular police officer dunk tank will be present at this year’s National Night Out event August 7 in downtown Rockford.

Dunk an officer, play in fire hoses National Night out is one celebration you don’t want to miss, coming right up on Tuesday, August 7 around the country from 6 to 8 p.m. Locally, planning is nearly complete for this year’s event, which takes place on Maple and Main streets in the parking lot where […]

Rockford Ambulance duck floats to first place

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Saturday, June 9 during Rockford’s Start of Summer Celebration large crowds showed up at the dam and on the Bridge Street bridge to watch the first-ever Big Daddy Duck Race start at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Rockford Rotary Club. The winning duck was Rockford Ambulance’s Big Daddy Duck. Rockford Rotary President Susan Bodenner presented $2,200 […]

Group turns scraps into hope, help for hundreds

Members of the quilting group Pieces of the Heart meet during a thank-you luncheon offered by staff at Rockford Ambulance on Wednesday, April 25. The women (and one man) who turn scraps into quilts usually work from their own homes, so the visit together was a special treat.

‘This lets them know someone cares’ by BETH ALTENA  Estelle Fessenden doesn’t know exactly how many people have received quilts stitched by a group she set in place. Pieces of the Heart was an idea she had and a group she started in 2001, sewing a little love into quilts given to those in need. […]

Big Daddy Duck Race to pick up pace for summer reading

IN GOOD COMPANY—These fine folks from Rockford Ambulance, United Bank and other Rockford businesses are proud to be part of the inaugural Big Daddy Duck Race. There is only one more duck to purchase, so don't delay to be part of this group.

Rockford Rotary Club has provided scholarship funding for the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Summer Reading Program for several years. Last year, the funds raised fell short of the increased need. “Reading is critical for success in school and life,” said Lisa Jacobs, executive director of RPS Community Services, “and the summer reading program is an […]

National Night Out Tuesday, August 2

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Celebrate an evening of fun and friendship with local law enforcement officers during National Night Out in Rockford, the seventh annual event for the town. Families are invited to come on down to downtown in this event which was designed nationally as a way for neighborhoods to “take back the night” from crime and criminals. […]