Chamber hosts annual Start of Summer Celebration

Playworld Amusements is providing this year’s midway and rides for the annual Start of Summer Celebration, June 7-10, downtown Rockford. The rides begin Thursday at 5 p.m. and Friday at noon.

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Start of Summer Committee are hoping that the community is ready to say goodbye to another school year. This year’s annual Start of Summer Celebration is celebrating its 44th year with another fun-filled event that features plenty of chills and thrills for the entire family. The City of […]

‘The Biggest Loser’ winner, Rockford’s Jeremy Britt offers tips to weight-loss success

Jeremy Britt, winner of “The Biggest Loser” Season 13, believes walking and running are good cardiovascular exercises. The Rockford resident lost 199 pounds to become the youngest winner of any season.	Photo by CINDY M. CRANMER

by CINDY M. CRANMER Perseverance and “keeping at it” are keys to success with a weight-loss plan, according to a Rockford resident and “The Biggest Loser” Season 13 winner. Jeremy Britt, 23, lost 199 pounds during the 13th season, dropping his body weight to 190 pounds. His sister, 24-year-old Conda Britt, lost 115 pounds to […]

Rockford TV studio claims Pillar of Excellence

Attaining a major accomplishment in television are (l–r) Video Technician Jason Springer, Mallory Bolin, Kayla Tykosky, David Dominiak, Anna Dood, and instructor Kris DeYoung, all members of Beyond The Rock Productions at Rockford High School.

by KRIS DEYOUNG When one hears about major accomplishments in the field of television, often thoughts go to that of a luxurious ceremony representing what is known as “Television’s Gold.” Those in the TV industry are recognized for the greatest of accomplishments and performances both in front of and behind the lens. Those of us […]

RHS 2012 grads to celebrate their story of faith, hope, joy

In a scene carried out in thousands of churches across the country these past few weeks, high school graduates are honored during Graduation Sunday morning services. Pictured are but nine of Rockford United Methodist Church’s seventeen 2012 graduating seniors.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

Rockford community invited to baccalaureate ceremony Sunday, June 3 by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL A baccalaureate ceremony for graduating high school students in the Rockford community has been an annual tradition for decades, yet there are many Rockford residents who are not aware of the baccalaureate service’s existence. Few understand the meaning of the ceremony. […]

America’s favorite farmers market returns Saturday for encore season

Rockford City Manager Michael Young, Rockford Farm Market organizer Kim McKay, and Market Master Lion Bob Winegar proudly hold the America’s Favorite Farmers Market banner that will be on display Saturday mornings at Rockford’s Farm Market.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On the wings of victory from winning the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, the Rockford Farm Market (RFM) proudly sails into its second decade. Since its opening day, the first Saturday of June in 2002, RFM has developed a cult-like word-of-mouth following in the greater Rockford community. In many […]