Downtown turns off electric lights

As part of an expansive effort to use alternative energy sources (see related story above), the City of Rockford stopped using electric lights on Wednesday, April 1. Department of Public Works Director Mike Bouwcamp turned the switch off during an unlighting ceremony and a large crowd watched as the downtown was reilluminated using gaslight. “Electricity […]

Move over Tiffany, there’s a new kid on the block

222 HOURS LATER—Lyle English with his prize lamp.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford resident, Lyle English, has come a long way from the day almost five years ago when first he strolled into the Eric Brown Stained Glass Studio on Squire Street.  Lyle had peered through the windows many times and marveled at the beautiful stained glass creations on display inside and […]

HUGE broadcast at Corner Bar for Tigers opening day

On Friday, April 10, the Corner Bar will swing into spring with a daylong event featuring the HUGE show’s Bill Simonson and a WBBL live radio broadcast. On Friday, April 10, a day-long event at the Corner Bar will celebrate the opening baseball game and air live on local station WBBL and on eleven affiliates, […]

Tannery to close May 15

‘We hope to accomplish this closing with the least possible disruption to our employees.’ by BETH ALTENA Wolverine World Wide notified tannery workers on Friday, March 20 of the closing of the Rockford tannery on May 15, 2009. In a letter titled WARN Notification to Union dated March 16, the letter stated that the purpose […]