Eugene J. Barloga American Legion now displays patriotic murals

Eugene J. Barloga American Legion now displays patriotic murals

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Eugene Barloga American Legion Post No. 197 members are proud of the patriotic and professional murals on the Post’s building recently completed by Rockford Lutheran Art Club members under the direction of art teacher Gregory Haut. “There were nine freshmen, and one each sophomore and junior […]


POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony held in Loves Park

Sergeant First Class Alan Lee Boyer, U.S. Army Special Forces, a Green Beret, had been MIA in Laos since 1968. His remains were located and interred at Arlington National Cemetery in 2016. A DNA match identified him. The Rockford Vietnam2Now Post is named in his honor.

By Margaret Downing REPORTER The third Friday of September is known as National POW and MIA Remembrance Day, which was established to honor prisoners of war and those still missing in action. The Rockford chapter of Vietnam2Now once again hosted a ceremony in its honor. This year’s ceremony is the […]


A chat with area entertainer Mike Willliamson

A chat with area entertainer Mike Willliamson

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Many long time area residents will remember or know of local singer and entertainer Mike Williamson. Lovers of more “vintage” music, such as hits from the mid-1900s, on into the ‘60s, ‘70s and ’80s are very appreciative of his talent. He prefers singing older songs, such […]


‘Placemaking’ agreement between Loves Park, Chamber approved

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Loves Park aldermen gave the okay to two resolutions at the Aug. 29 city council meeting: • A resolution was approved authorizing Mayor Greg Jury “to sign a contract with the Parks Chamber of Commerce for ‘placemaking’ in the Parks District.” (The resolution notes, in explanation […]


Rockford artist awarded best of show in city’s  Wildflower Art fest

Rockford artist awarded best of show in city’s  Wildflower Art fest

By Michele Benesh ART FESTIVAL COORDINATOR   Despite a gray, cool day and the threat of rain, the Brodhead Chamber’s 11th annual Wildflower Art Festival, held Saturday, Aug. 13, was a huge success. The festival was a juried fine art event that showcased the work of talented artists from around […]


Village proceeds with new Route 251 sidewalk; resurfacing  streets

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The village board has agreed to proceed with a new sidewalk along Illinois 251, from Peachtree Circle to Shoreland Road, and resurfacing 4.04 miles of local streets under the village’s annual pavement maintenance program. Action on the sidewalk work came Aug. 15 following an initial presentation […]


Safety, security of parks, facilities remains top priority for Rockford Park District; Recent after-hours incidents prompt increased safety strategies

Helping people enjoy life in exceptional parks and recreational facilities that are safe and secure is one of the highest priorities for Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners and team members. Recently, the Park District has seen an alarming increase of after-hours usage of parks, which has resulted in injury, […]


Village board recognizes two Harlem national bowling champions

Village board recognizes two Harlem national bowling champions

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Mayor Steve Johnson has kicked off the month of August by continuing his effort to recognize people and organizations for their contributions to making Machesney Park a better place to live, work, and play. His effort has been expanded to include student-athletes at Harlem High School […]


Village upholds recommendation to deny rezoning for duplexes

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The requested change of zoning on property at 8782 Victoria Lane has been denied by the village board, even though there was no vote to do that. Here’s what happened at the July 18 board meeting. Village staff and the planning and zoning commission initially recommended […]


Loves Park looking at about a $50,000,000 Fiscal Year Appropriation Budget for 2022/‘23

By Margaret Downing REPORTER At the July 18 Loves Park city council meeting, aldermen approved two resolutions and one ordinance, first reading. *A resolution authorizing the Loves Park Fire Department to purchase a used 2019 Braun Chief XL w/Dodge (ambulance) 550 4X4 Diesel w/12,000 miles from North Central Emergency Vehicle […]

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