Riverside Community Church to present live Nativity

Riverside Community Church invites the community to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at a drive-thru live Nativity event on Dec. 11 and 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The church is located at 6816 N. Second St., Machesney Park. The event will feature six scenes depicting the birth of […]


Rockford’s Camp Grant was ‘born’ in 1917

Rockford’s Camp Grant was ‘born’ in 1917

Some 5,810 acres of farmland located several miles south of where Rockford’s east side ended in 1917 were leased and then purchased and designated by the War Department for a Midwest military training facility. The Camp, named in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant, was the largest military training facility […]


Village overcomes hurdle while preparing for Harlem Road project

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Village officials are proceeding with some work tied to such 2022 projects as improvements to Harlem Road, between Illinois 251 (North Second Street) and Amber Drive, adjacent to Schnucks grocery. One of the early steps that are part of this ongoing Build Machesney Program is evaluating […]


Navy vet saw the world during his career

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	Dale Pohl of Machesney Park today, proud to be a Navy vet!

By Margaret Downing Reporter From the mid to the late 1960s, young men in America knew they faced the draft as war was escalating in Vietnam. Some preferred a deferment by attending college; some decided to choose for themselves what branch of the military they wanted to join. Thousands were […]


Smash your pumpkin at Discovery Center Museum

Smash your pumpkin at Discovery Center Museum

Not sure what to do with that jack-o’-lantern after Halloween? Snatch that pumpkin with the caved-in face off your porch and take it to Discovery Center on Sunday, Nov. 7 for the museum’s annual Smashing Pumpkins event. Newton’s laws of motion take on new perspective as jack-o’-lanterns turn into exciting […]


New restaurant gets 2nd chance for variances from sign ordinance 

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The new Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers restaurant under construction at 9901 Orlando Ave. came away from the Oct. 4 planning and economic development committee (PED) meeting, looking at a negative recommendation for one of its three requested variances from the village sign ordinance.  In August, […]


Variety of variances bring differing views from village officials 

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Residential and commercial variance requests from what was allowed in the village zoning code have brought differing responses from Machesney Park staff, the planning and zoning commission (P&Z) and planning and economic development committee (PED) .  One of the multi-faceted requests came from Freddy’s Frozen Custard […]


Harlem will wrap up regular football season Friday night at Auburn 

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Harlem will wind up the 2021 regular football season Friday night at Auburn, seeking its eighth win in nine outings and a probable home game the following weekend in the opening round of the Illinois High School Association 7A playoffs.  Pairings and locations will be announced […]


Riverview Ice House renovations to begin in 2022

The Rockford Park District held a news conference today to recognize and thank the public/private stakeholders who came forward to support keeping Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison Street, Rockford, open.  Riverview Ice House is 46 years old and well beyond its life span, with the current refrigeration system and […]


Special use permits sought for relocation of church, medical offices

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The village of Machesney Park has various zoning districts that allow a variety of commercial and industrial uses.  Sometimes a use doesn’t precisely fit in the zoning district to which it has been assigned. When that happens, a special use permit can be issued that allows […]

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