“RAM’ers” K-8 track & field special olympic team competes and celebrates

RAM’ERS ROCK—(above)Rockford’s RAM’ers special Olympics students show off their medals and trophies as they conclude their six-week program.

Very special athletes ended this year’s Special Olympics program in Rockford with a day of competition and celebration recently. For the first time, students held their annual event at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA in Belmont. Any student with an educational disability in grades kindergarten through eighth grade can participate.  Athletes work to develop their […]

Schwandt wins RAAC t-shirt design contest

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The Rockford Area Arts Commission offered their third annual t-shirt design contest again this year. Third and fourth-graders from Belmont, Meadowridge and Parkside elementary schools entered the contest. The best all around designs were chosen. There were four winners. Fourth place went to Bailey Abbey of Belmont Elementary, third place to  Paige Anderson  of Meadowridge […]

$1000 reward in sturgeon poaching

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ILLEGAL HARVEST Reward offered for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the pictured individual responsible for the illegal harvest of a sturgeon at the Sixth Street Dam in Grand Rapids. Report any information to the DNR RAP hotline at: 1-800-292-7800.

Local man keeps troops S.A.F.E. in Iraq

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A Rockford man is making a big difference for our soldiers in Iraq. And he doesn’t even carry a weapon. Leslie Wayne Sims, a Master Electrician employed by Stanley Consultants, is serving as a member of Task Force S.A.F.E. The 47-year-old’s daily job is the safety of service members and civilians in Iraq. Task Force […]

Memories of early Start of Summer

NEW TO SEE AND DO—There will be plenty of repeat favorites such as tours of the Little Red Schoolhouse (Saturday from 12:30 to 3 p.m., it's free) and the band Outer Vibe (Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion) at Start of Summer. Among the new events this year is a visit by Elvis to the new American Legion hall, 330 Rockford Park Drive (off Northland Drive). Elvis—with special guest Tom Jones—will appear on Friday, June 12, with doors to open at 7 p.m. and show time at 8 p.m. (for the two-hour show). Karaoke to follow in lounge. Prior to show enjoy a patio barbecue at the lounge, open to the public all day. Tickets are just $10.

by Tom Lindquist The Start of Summer celebration is in its 41st year this year and is undeniably one of the most popular downtown annual events. It was not always the power-packed event we will see this weekend.  In the 1950s Rockford’s had a row of booths and about four rides on Squire Street and […]