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 firefighters hose down students

Photos by JANE DOWNS

For some relief of a very hot day, the Rockford Fire Department brought a pumper and hoses to the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) administration building to cool kids off. Much to the delight of the students in the preschool through fifth-grade summer care program, firefighters sprayed water for the kids to run through. Many thanks […]

Fire department douses children for fun

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                        The Rockford Fire Department helped make the last few days of the Rockford Public Schools Summer Kids Rock program full of fun as they brought two fire trucks to the Parkside Elementary School playground and sprayed water into the air for the kids […]

Swan killed in power line collision

A reader shared this photo of the swan killed Thursday when it struck a power line over the White Pine Trail at Bridge Street. The force of the explosion threw the bird’s body to the Rogue River Tavern a block away.

Power outage, general confusion follows by BETH ALTENA A man walking the White Pine Trail narrowly escaped with his life after a swan flew into a live power line, resulting in an explosion and the arcing, live wire shooting sparks and fire on the popular trail. The incident left the downtown without power for about […]

Crowds pack annual EXPO despite sunny spring weather

Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec wears a Squire headband that staff from the local paper were handing out to kids and adults. This is Jazwiec's second term as mayor for Rockford.

                                                              Despite an unseasonably warm March day, crowds again packed this year’s EXPO with lively entertainment non-stop on the stage, four $500 cash winners, and […]