Index Inside - The Rock River Times



Index Inside - The Rock River Times
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
Volume 18, No. 45
The Voice of the Community since 1987
Locally owned and operated
Commentary – A6
128 N. Church St., Rockford, Illinois 61101
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Rockford police to crack down on late-night enforcement
Tales from the Trough: Mike Peck interview, part two
Pet Talk: Know the nose ... of your pet
River Bluff aims to have sprinklers in place by 2013
Art in the Park at Freeport’s Krape Park Sept. 4
Book offers recipes ‘Fresh from the Farmers’ Market’
Daily news updates, searchable archives and other exclusive content available online at
City of Rockford
Free trade is what
damaged the job market
Vibe – B1
On the Waterfront festival
entertains Sept. 1-4
Vitality – C1
Open Meetings
Act violated at
ZBA meeting
on asphalt
On the Waterfront Festival
Stone Temple Pilots headline
Sept. 1-4 On the Waterfront
Guest Column
By Nichole Larison Sammon
Titans shut out Indians in
opening game of season
Home & Garden – D1
Why seeding your lawn in
late summer works best
Section A:
! Commentary — A1-A2, A5-A7
! Letters to the Editor — A6
! News — A1-A8
! Obituary Notices — A3
! People in Our Times — A3
! Renewable Energy — A1, A7
Section B:
Vibe Entertainment
! Crossword — B11
! TV Listings — B11
! Vibe Calendars — B2, B4-B5, B8-B9
! Vibe News — B1-B12
Section C:
! Health — C2
! Naturally Rockford — C 1-C 2
! Outdoors — C 2
! Sports — C1, C3-C4
! Worship Guide — C2
Section D:
U.S. Postage
Permit No. 397
Rockford, IL
Home & Garden
! Classifieds — D3-D6
! Home & Garden — D1, D19
! Horoscopes — D19
! Public Notices — D7-D15
! Real Estate — D2
! Real Estate Notices — D15-D18
Neighborhood protester of proposed
asphalt plant
I am requesting that an investigation be started regarding the
events that transpired at the
Winnebago County Zoning
Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting
I was involved with at 5:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Aug. 18, at 404 Elm
St., Rockford.
The meeting addressed William
Charles Construction’s request for
a special-use permit to operate an
asphalt plant at the bottom of its
East State Street quarry.
In my opinion, a direct violation of the Open Meetings Act is
on record in the transcript for
this meeting.
From the very onset of the ZBA
meeting, William Charles’ attorney, Bruce Ross-Shannon, requested the procedures be altered.
That request was granted.
William Charles was allowed to
present their petition for the special-use permit, and all five witnesses for the petitioner were allowed to present their testimony
and various report findings. Questions were not allowed until the
petitioner’s entire list of paid witnesses and case were presented.
After the William Charles witness, Dr. Laura Green, a toxicologist, finished her testimony, the
Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Brian Erickson made an opinionated statement to the fact that
he believed he had never had as
knowledgeable a witness in front
of him before. He said this on the
record, before the board, and before the entire room of Winnebago
County residents.
At no time did we, the opposition, make an outburst or interrupt the proceedings, other than
Continued on page A7 !
Winnebago County News
Renewable Energy
China dominates the green economy
Winnebago County
By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl
through 2007, while installed caPresident and Vice President
pacity in the country only increased
Treasurer’s Office open
Illinois Renewable Energy Association 39 times from a very small base.
With little local demand for PV
report 185 focused
until 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 onWorldwatch
the green economy and green equipment, China’s expanded
Staff Report
128 N. Church St.
Rockford, IL 61101
Photos provided
Rockford’s annual On the Waterfront music festival returns to downtown Rockford Sept. 1-4. Headliners include Stone
Temple Pilots (top photo), Sunday, Sept. 4; Josh Turner (not pictured) Saturday, Sept. 3; Jason Derulo (right photo) Friday,
Sept. 2; and Papa Roach (left photo) and Buckcherry (not pictured) Thursday, Sept. 1. For more about the festival, including
lineups for each stage, see page B1 of the Vibe Entertainment section.
Winnebago County Treasurer
Susan Goral’s office will be open
Friday, Sept. 2, from 7:30 a.m.
until 7 p.m. to receive second installment payments of real estate
property taxes, due on that date.
Although the Treasurer’s Office
will be open until 7 p.m., the treasurer encourages taxpayers to mail
their payments on or before the
Sept. 2 due date (postmarks are
accepted), or to utilize any of the
participating local banks or credit
unions to pay their taxes.
Discover Card is the only credit
card accepted in the Treasurer’s
Office. You can also go to the website to
pay online, by check or credit card,
or you can pay by credit card by
calling Illinois E-Pay at 1-877-4553729. A convenience fee will be
charged by Illinois E-Pay when
you pay by credit card. Illinois EPay accepts Visa online only (credit
or debit), and MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit
cards either online or via their tollfree telephone number. Visa debit
card payments will incur a $3.95
Continued on page A7 !
jobs in China. It addressed greening
activities in energy, transportation
and forestry. China has established
a long-term green vision, and is likely
to meet or exceed its goals.
The report points out that, in
2008, China became the world’s
largest PV manufacturer with
about 700 PV companies. By 2010,
China had four of the top 10 solar
PV cell manufacturers in the world.
Employment in China increased
from 13,800 workers in 2005 to
83,000 workers in 2007.
PV manufacturing increased a
thousand-fold in China from 1990
manufacturing was targeted at the
export market, creating a global
glut in the PV marketplace.
The glut is undermining U.S.
investments made in manufacturing facilities in the United States.
In Massachusetts, Evergreen Solar, once the third-largest maker
of solar panels in the United States,
benefited from a $43 million incentive from the state government.
Last January, it announced it
would close its Massachusetts factory, laying off 800 workers and
shift production to a joint venture
Continued on page A7 !
The Rock River Times has been leading area media in Renewable Energy and green news coverage since 2002.
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program for
seniors and disabled begins Sept. 1
Staff Report
The City of Rockford Human Services
Department, along with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance,
announces that seniors and people with
disabilities can begin applying for winter
heating assistance through the Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) beginning Sept. 1.
LIHEAP is a state- and federally-funded
energy assistance program for low-income
families, in which heating bill payments are
made on behalf of households.
A single-person household can qualify
with a monthly income of up to $1,361; a
two-person household up to $1,839; and a
family of four can earn up to $2,794. Benefits are paid directly to utilities on behalf
of eligible households. The exception is
households whose heating costs are included in their rent.
For the first time, some LIHEAP clients
will have the option of choosing between the
traditional Direct Vendor Payment (DVP)
plan or the new Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). The PIPP is available to
eligible LIHEAP clients who are customers
of ComEd and Nicor Gas. Under PIPP, the
eligible client will pay a percentage of their
income, receive a monthly benefit towards
their utility bill, and receive a reduction in
overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. The
traditional DVP plan is a one-time payment.
Clients must bring all required documentation when applying to assistance including:
! State photo ID, i.e., driver’s license or
Illinois state ID
! Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to
the application date
! A copy of current heat and electric bills
issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for
their energy directly)
! A copy of a rental agreement, lease or
rent receipt (if they are renting)
! Proof of Social Security numbers for all
household members
!Proof that their household received TANF
or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility
or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the
Illinois Department of Human Services.
Households with children under the age
of 5 and disconnected households can begin
applying for assistance beginning Oct. 1.
Individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning Nov. 1. The list of
sites participating in the October and November sign-ups will be released at a later
date. Clients will be served on a first-come,
first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
The sites listed below will be serving
as intake sites for seniors and disabled,
and will begin taking phone calls for
appointments beginning Sept. 1. Please
note that the City of Rockford Human
Services Department will not be taking
calls for appointments.
2011 LIHEAP sites for Seniors and Disabled
Lifescape Community Services, 705
Kilburn Ave., Rockford; (815) 963-1609. Disabled that are head of household and
Seniors. English and Spanish available.
Northwestern Illinois Area Agency
on Aging (NIAAA), 1111 S. Alpine Road,
Suite 600, Rockford; (815) 226-4901. Seniors only. English and Spanish available.
Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s Office, 200 S.
Wyman St., Rockford; (815) 987-7433. Seniors and Disabled. English only.
Rockton Township, 1315 N. Blackhawk
Blvd., Rockton; (815) 389-0914, (815) 6247788. Seniors and Disabled. English Only.
Roscoe, Rockton, South Beloit residents only.
Boone County Council on Aging, 2141
Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere; (815) 5449893. Seniors only. English and Spanish
available. Boone County residents only.
United Way of Boone County, 220 W.
Locust St., Belvidere; (815) 544-3144. Disabled. English only. Boone County residents only.
ALERTA, 130 N. State St., Belvidere;
(815) 547-3800. Disabled. English and Spanish available. Boone County residents only.
Rockford Park District’s Forest City Queen weekend on the Rock!
! Debut weekend for Water Taxi
& Tours
Staff Report
Spend Labor Day weekend on the Rock
with the Forest City Queen riverboat. The
Rockford Park District offers the area’s first
Water Taxi & Tours as a way to travel up and
down the Rock River over Labor Day weekend. The Forest City Queen Water Taxi &
Tours kicks off Friday, Sept. 2, with the first
water taxi shuttle leaving Martin Park boat
The Rock River Times
dock at 4:30 p.m. and dropping off at Beattie
Park boat dock, 401 N. Main St., Rockford,
just steps away from On the Waterfront.
Hours are: Friday, 4:30-11:15 p.m.; Saturday,
3:30-11:45 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-10:15 p.m. Forest
City Queen Water Taxi & Tours will operate on
a set schedule; please try to arrive at least 15
minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Cost is $2 round trip, $5 for a 3-day pass;
free for kids age 4 and younger.
No reservation is required. Purchase tickets from the captain on the boat. Cash only.
First-come, first-served basis.
How Water Taxi &
Tours works:
! Park for free at Martin
Park and take the Forest
City Queen to Beattie Park
to avoid trying to find a parking space.
! 30-minute ride each way
! Rides include narrated tour about the
sights along the Rock River.
Water Taxi & Tours amenities:
! Snacks and refreshments are available
for purchase.
! Forest City Queen is accessible for persons with disabilities.
! Baby strollers are welcome aboard.
Water Taxi & Tours rules:
! No alcoholic beverages are allowed
on board.
! No smoking is permitted during ride.
! There is no restroom available on the
Forest City Queen.
Information about the Forest City Queen
Water Taxi & Tours will be available soon
Forest City Queen Water Taxi & Tours
is the official Water Taxi & Tour provider
of On the
For more
information, contact Jay
deputy director of operations, at
(815) 2890747
[email protected]
Letter to
Barack Obama
re: citizen
Guest Column
By Dan Sears
Dear Mr. President:
Do you realize that Big Brother, the Gestapo and the KGB could still be active by
congressional law? Yes, right here in little
Roscoe, Illinois (61073).
Last evening (Aug. 17) my wife and I were
leaving (about 6 p.m.) for supper, and I
noticed a strange car and person sitting in
the road in front of our neighbor’s house. As
we are somewhat rural, I turned around
and went back, but by that time he was
turning into another neighbor’s driveway,
and sitting there. I thought perhaps he had
located the party he wanted to visit. Oh no!
He’s coming back, but by that time he was
turning into another neighbor’s driveway,
and I see our neighbor flagging us down
from her back yard. We stop ... she is shaking and on the verge of tears.
Apparently, this individual has been
around before, and she found out he has
been asking personal questions about her
family, at other neighborhood houses.
I decided to confront the individual. He
very “officially” flashed a neck badge at me,
while he is still sitting smugly in his car, and
told me he was from the “American Community Survey” and this was none of my business! I told him rather clearly, in words I’m
sure he would not have any trouble understanding, that any strange person in our
neighborhood, just sitting around was definitely my business.
Our neighbor informed this creep that
she had called the sheriff to look into this.
He, strangely, did not seem a bit concerned!
My wife and I left. When we got back, our
neighbor called and told us the sheriff had
been there, had investigated this guy and
his car, and spent almost an hour talking to
the person. Come to find out the American
Community Survey is real! And if you do not
complete and return their request for information form, they can send a “supervisor” to
harass you into answering their questions
(please note: this is not from the official
Census Bureau, which we all try to respond
to) but from an agency that looks like, sounds
like, and could possibly be part of a scam, as
far as the typical citizen is concerned! And
better yet, if you still refuse to answer the
very personal questions, from a very suspicious character, you could be fined $100 (per
the sheriff’s information). Wrong, according
to the Internet, our wonderful, caring, elected
officials in Congress upped the possible fine
to $5,000 in 1984! And even our local law
enforcement agencies are not informed of
this sinister, pompous group!
How much prying can a citizen tolerate
before there is a “Mideast” mindset? Have
you personally been investigated by this group? Why
has it been a hidden agency?
What do they need this information for (to stem uprisings?). How much of my tax
dollars are spent supporting this dark group? I cannot even begin to imagine
the cost of having these “supervisors” follow up on the
form refusals. Is this some
kind of Soylent Green department? What business is
it of theirs as to what time I
leave for work and get home
... is this information supposed to help them gain
entry and “bug” our suspicious residences?
Needless to say, we are
really p----d off!!! What other
dark, undercover programs
are the citizens being subjected to? I know you have
your hands full, trying to
keep the “wackos” appeased,
but please give the loyal,
hard-working citizens a
break from this type of
stealthy garbage!
I hope you can find a moment to address this issue and
let us know what is going on.
Dan Sears
Dan Sears is a resident of
Roscoe, Ill.
The Rock River Times
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
People In Our Times
Lawson Self Storage, Captain Kirk to hold auction
Editor’s note: Lawson Self Storage was the winner of The Rock River Times’ “Free Ads for
Year Contest,” held in July. Every ad placed in each issue of the paper during the month of July
was entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free ad for a year of whatever size ad was
purchased in the particular contest issue. As the winner, Lawson Self Storage will receive one
“double-service” ad in the At Your Service section for 52 issues — for free. The contest will also
be held in January. Call (815) 964-9767 for details about the contest and how to qualify.
Jennifer Rada, co-owner of Lawson Self Storage, 3718 Samuelson Road, Rockford, has
announced they will hold a second auction with Captain Kirk’s Auctions this fall.
She reviewed the company’s history in an exclusive interview with The Rock River Times.
“My father started the business in 1985,” Rada recalled. “Now, we have 102 storage
units. My father built them out of sheet metal. There’s a size range from 12-by-19 feet to 14by-49 feet. Also, there are back-to-back bigger-size units that would make them 14-by-68
feet. That’s designed for really big vehicles, like a huge RV or a boat. Along those lines, one
of the most unusual items stored there was an old fire truck.
“We’re having our second auction with Captain Kirk’s Auctions, Thursday, Oct. 27,” Rada
continued. “Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m., and the auction will begin at 9. It will be a liquidation of unpaid storage units as seen on popular television shows. They open up the door to
the storage unit, and people can stand at the entryway and look in, but not enter.
“Recently, the American Pickers came to Rockford, and Captain Kirk brought with him
Hippie Tom, who was a guest on that show,” Rada said. “Captain Kirk was at Midway Village during the show, and he got to meet them. Captain Kirk hooked up with Hippie Tom,
and is doing some auctions of his stuff.
“The reason my dad started this storage and makes these really huge units is because he
read in the newspaper that people who have huge RVs cannot park them in their yard or
their driveway any more,” Rada said. “It’s against city ordinances.”
For more about Lawson Self Storage, call (815) 874-5499. See their ad, offering one free
month, in the “At Your Service” section inside the Eureka! Classifieds on page D4.
New program coordinator at Hospice and Grief Center
Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center congratulates Sheila O’Leary on her promotion to volunteer program coordinator.
In her new position, O’Leary is responsible for the recruitment, training, development and scheduling of the agency’s 165 hospice volunteers.
O’Leary joined Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center in 1993
as a volunteer and became a volunteer program staff member in March
2008. Her professional background includes social services, education,
staff development, training and facilitation experiences in a variety of
settings. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in
human services from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Send your “Community news and notes” to The Rock River Times, ATTN:
People In Our Times, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101; e-mail
[email protected]; call (815) 964-9767; or fax (815) 964-9825.
Sheila O’Leary
Jane Justine Loveland (1922-2011)
Jane Justine Loveland, born in Earlville, Ill., Aug. 25, 1922, passed away suddenly in
Seal Beach, Calif., on Aug. 20, 2011, at the age of 88.
Her parents Egidi and Justine (Wassler) Bauer came from
Germany. She had two sisters, Margaret Hecathorn of Earlville, Ill.,
and Lucille Bardoner of Clarion, Iowa.
Jane married John J. Loveland on June 1, 1957, in Bowling Green,
Mo. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Oregon, Ill.
She was employed as a Postal Clerk at Oregon Post Office for 40 years,
retiring in 1985. Jane was a resident of Oregon, IL. until 2006, when
she moved to Seal Beach, Calif., to be near her son.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters.
She is survived by her son, Mark (Gail) Loveland, and granddaughter Michelle of Garden Grove, CA.
A Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept.17,
2011, at Earlville United Methodist Church, 313 Stilson St., in
Jane Justine Loveland
Earlville, Ill, with Pastor Cheri Stewart officiating. Burial of her
urn will follow in St. Theresa Catholic Cemetery Earlville on the family plot. For more
information or to sign the online guestbook, go to
Obituary Notices
Brian Bennett, 46, Rockford, 8/19/11
Henrietta Hoeffer, 74, Rockford, 8/19/11
Michael Fay, 61, Rockford, 8/20/11
Jeff Smith, 59, Rockford, 8/20/11
Daniel Cooney, 18, Rockford, 8/20/11
Leah Papke, 87, Rockton, 8/20/11
Mildred Wenberg, 102, Rockford, 8/20/11
Donald Van Vleck, 82, Pecatonica, 8/20/11
Mark Christianson, 79, Rockford, 8/20/11
Cheryl Remsen, 72, Rockford, 8/20/11
Gordon Berry, 74, Rockford, 8/20/11
Karin Busekros, 69, Rockford, 8/20/11
Charles Parrovechio, 63, Rockford, 8/21/11
Stella Kokas, 89, Rockford, 8/21/11
Joanne Gulotta, 81, Cherry Valley, 8/21/11
Inez Harvey, 63, Rockford, 8/21/11
William Mulcahey, 76, Rockford, 8/21/11
Solon Coffey, 52, Rockford, 8/21/11
Shirley Jones, 78, South Beloit, 8/21/11
June Gustafson, 85, Rockford, 8/21/11
Leonard Long, 72, Rockford, 8/21/11
Beverly LaBore, 73, Rockford, 8/21/11
George Daily, 79, Rockford, 8/22/11
Chong Curtis, 62, South
Beloit, 8/22/11
Charlene Hanvy, 75, Rockford, 8/22/11
Arra Garab, 81, Rockford, 8/
Antoinette Segalla, 91, Rockford, 8/22/11
JR Woodson, 89, Rockford, 8/
Richard Fisher, 80, Roscoe, 8/
Charles Erbes, 84, Rockford,
Rebecca Clapp, 41, Loves
Park, 8/22/11
Barbara Ingle, 81, Rockford, 8/22/11
Karin Schou, 53, Rockford, 8/23/11
James Heaton, 74, Rockford, 8/23/11
Larry Benner, 59, Rockford, 8/23/11
Duane Higar, 75, Machesney Park, 8/23/11
James Parker, 65, Rockford, 8/23/11
David Turcott, 70, Rockford, 8/23/11
Cynthia Dienhart, 60, Rockford, 8/23/11
Delores Bedin, 86, Rockford, 8/23/11
Debra Mickelson, 50, Rockford, 8/24/11
Barb Lehman, 73, Rockford, 8/24/11
Thornsten Sword, 69, Rockford, 8/24/11
Peter Palmenderi, 98, Rockford, 8/25/11
Dorothy Wisocki, 76, Rockford, 8/25/11
Marion Reherg, 86, Rockford, 8/25/11
Christine Ponder-Martin, 54, Rockford, 8/25/11
Mary Jones, 95, Rockford, 8/25/11
Rex Wheeler, 29, Rockford, 8/25/11
Debra Youngschumac, 52, Rockford, 8/25/11
Marian Duke, 91, Rockford, 8/25/11
Tru Pham, 76, Rockford, 8/25/11
Roberta Chaveste, 61, Rockford, 8/25/11
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Citizens Alert!
Rockford’s City Council voted to allow an
asphalt plant to be built in a quarry on
Charles Street inside the city limits. This
is outrageous!
You Can Help
It makes no sense to put an air-polluting,
water-contaminating, traffic-impeding
asphalt plant in the middle of existing
neighborhoods of family homes. A lawsuit
has been filed against the City of Rockford
to stop this injustice. Donations are
needed to help fund the cost of this lawsuit.
Please send your donations, if
you agree with this injustice, to:
P.O. Box 5124 • Rockford, IL 61125
For information:
• Clare Merwin—815-398-1653
• Alec Kaplanes—815-399-1027
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Community News – B2
Community News – B6
Crossword Puzzle – B11
Kryptonite Music Lounge has
designated drivers on site
Burpee’s Alan Brown returns
from 1,021-mile bike trip
Can you solve this week’s
crossword puzzle?
Music News
On the Waterfront festival set for Sept. 1-4
Staff Report
The annual On the Waterfront (OTW)
music festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1,
with the Rock Allegiance Tour on the
Great Lawn Stage at Davis Park in downtown Rockford.
Live musical performances, entertainment, food, carnival rides and other special
attractions continue
throughout the Labor
Day weekend. The
festival concludes
with a headlining
performance by
Temple Pilots from 9 to
10:30 p.m.,
Sept. 4, on
the Great
Lawn Stage.
Festival gates are open from 4 to 11 p.m.,
Thursday, Sept. 1, for Great Lawn performances only and carnival kick-off carnival
rides in the carnival area near Riverview
Park, between Water and Madison streets
near the Jefferson Street bridge; 5 p.m.midnight, Friday, Sept. 2; 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 3; and 11:30 a.m.-11
p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.
General festival tickets are $15 in advance for all three days or $12 at the gate
for a single day. Great Lawn reserved
seats can be purchased through the
Coronado Performing Arts Center at (815)
964-4388 or
For more about the festival, contact the
OTW office inside Stewart Square at 308 W.
State St., Suite 115, by phone at (815) 9644388, or visit
Music stages are in the following locations:
Great Lawn Stage — South side of
Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St., near corner
of South Wyman and Cedar streets
Left Bank Stage — North side of Davis
Park, 320 S. Wyman St., corner of South
Wyman and Chestnut streets
Center Stage — Corner of North Wyman
and Mulberry streets, across from the Rockford Public Library
Oasis Stage — Corners of North Wyman
and Jefferson Street and North Wyman and
Park Avenue, near Beattie Park and
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Musical lineups by day and stage follow:
Thursday, Sept. 1
Great Lawn Stage
4:35-4:55 p.m. — Drive A
5:10-5:35 p.m. — Crossfade
5:55-6:25 p.m. — RED
6:45-7:15 p.m. — P.O.D.
7:35-8:15 p.m. — Puddle of Mudd
8:35-9:35 p.m. — Papa Roach
9:55-10:55 p.m. — Buckcherry
Friday, Sept. 2
Great Lawn Stage
DJ Steve Shannon of 97ZOK and Dot Dot
Dot rotate until headliner Jason Derulo
takes the stage.
Left Bank Stage
5:30-7 p.m. — Jodi Beach Trio
7:45-9:15 p.m. — Dave Herrero
10-11:30 p.m. —Damon Fowler
Center Stage
5:30-7 p.m. — Roscoe
7:45-9:15 p.m. — Tyler Farr
10-11:30 p.m. — Jerrod Niemann
Oasis Stage
5:30-7 p.m. — Robin Banks
7:45-9:15 p.m. — X51
10-11:30 p.m. — FireHouse
Saturday, Sept. 3
Great Lawn Stage
7:30-8:15 p.m. — Ann Marie
9-10:30 p.m. — Josh Turner
Left Bank Stage
12:30-2:45 p.m. — Bright Stars Celebration
3:15-4:45 p.m. — Manny Lopez
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Rockford Woman’s Club
he Rockford Woman’s Club offers you the perfect setting for a formal or
informal gathering. The club has hosted beautiful weddings and receptions, bridal/
baby showers, private parties, art openings, seminars, and business meetings.
The banquet facilities can accommodate 200 diners in the main dining room
and 100 diners in the Brown and Olson Rooms. The beautifully ornate wooden bar
area is located off the main dining room. The Gallery
and Sun Room provide excellent settings for parties,
receptions, and pre-theatre events, as well as for dining.
The R
ockford W
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stately,, majestic facility at
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323 PPark
room, 800seat theatre, art gallery and meeting rooms. The Club
is regularly rented out for wedding receptions, public meetings,
theatrical and private events. TTelephone
elephone 815-965-4233
5:30-7 p.m. — Mama Digdown’s Brass Band
7:45-9:15 p.m. — Moonlight Jazz Orchestra
10-11:30 p.m. — Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Center Stage
11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. — Mr. Myers: 30 Years of
Caribbean Rock
2:45-4:15 p.m. — The Jim Busta Band
5-6:30 p.m. — Frank Calvagna and Opan Jii
7:15-9 p.m. — Hurricane Gumbo
9:30-11:30 p.m. — The Elders
Oasis Stage
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Keith Country Day
School Rock Camp
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Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
Wednesday, Aug. 31
Vinyl Voodoo – Mary’s Place, 602 N.
Madison St. 10:30 p.m. Free. Every
Wed. Info: 815-962-7944.
Mark Reed & Waddy – Franchesco’s,
7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m.
Info: 815-229-0800.
Karaoke with Mike – Rusty Nail, 1804
Eighth Ave. 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Every
Wed. Free. Info: 815-397-2510.
Open Stage w/Jim Grass – Hope
and Anchor, 5040 N. Second St.,
Loves Park. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free.
Info: 815-633-2552.
Comedy Night with Mike Stanley & Kevin
Kraft – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207
N. Main St. Info: 815-877-8007.
River City Sound Chorus Guest Night –
Community Building Complex of
Boone County, 111 W. First St.,
Belvidere. 6:45 p.m. For women who
like to sing and are interested in learning the art of a cappella singing barbershop-style. Info: 608-921-1940.
Thursday, Sept. 1
On the Waterfront Kick-Off Concert –
Downtown Rockford. Gates open at
4 p.m., runs until 11 p.m. Seven
bands. Tickets through Coronado
PAC. See related article in this section. Info: 815-964-4388.
Blues Gone Wild Open Blues Jam by
the Howdos – The House Café, 263
E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. 7:30 p.m.
Free. Info: 815-787-9547.
Untamed Ornathoids – Franchesco’s,
7128 Spring Creek Road. 6-9 p.m.
Free. Info: 815-229-0800.
Scott Holt Band – Adriatic Café, 127
W. Jefferson St.
Blues Guitar Master Class with Scott
Holt – Emerson House, 420 N.
Main St., Rockford. 4-5 p.m. $75/
student. Includes full-color booklet
and signed copy of his newest CD.
Reserve at: 815-964-2238 or
Open Stage – Mary’s Place, 602 N.
Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Free. Every
Thurs. Info: 815-962-7944.
Bike Night – Whiskey’s Roadhouse,
3207 N. Main St. 6-10 p.m. Sturgis
Party. Info: 815-877-8007.
The Monday Morning Dixie Band – FIBS,
105 W. Main St., Rockton. 6-9 p.m.
Every Thurs. Info: 815-624-6018.
Open Mic – Cronie’s Grill, 9032 N. Second St., Machesney Park. Every Thurs.
Friday, Sept. 2
On the Waterfront – Downtown Rockford. 5 p.m.-midnight. Live music, entertainment, carnival rides, food. Ad-
vance tickets, 3 days, $15, $12/day
at the gate. See related article in Vibe
Entertainment section. Info: 815-9644388 or
Music on the Mall: Andrew Holm –
Mary’s Market at Edgebrook, 1639
N. Alpine Road. 6-9 p.m. Info: 815226-0212.
Poor Man’s Fortune – Bar 3, 326 E.
State St. 9:30 p.m. $5. Info: 815968-9061.
Sweet Lucy – Hope and Anchor, 5040
N. Second St., Loves Park. 9 p.m.
Free. Info: 815-633-2552.
Daddy’s Got a New .45 – Kryptonite
Music Lounge, 308 W. State St. 9
p.m. Free Info: 815-965-0931.
Dean Moriarty Jazz Band – Café
Belwah, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis.
6-10 p.m. Free. Info: 608-363-1110.
Obie Call, Alphadrop & Skinny White
Lines – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Info: 815-962-7944.
Lucas & the Jays CD release show w/
special guests Gina Venier, Carlos
Garza, Matt Bentley, Kirkland, Venom
Kiss and The Missing Kids – The
House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy.,
DeKalb. 7 p.m. $8. Info: 815-787-9547.
Paul Allodi’s Live Band Karaoke –
Otto’s Niteclub & Underground, 118
E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Info: 815758-2715.
Tommy Tutone – Hope and Anchor, 5040
N. Second St., Loves Park. 10 p.m.-1
a.m. $10. Info: 815-633-2552.
Bob Affolder, Karaoke – Rockton Inn,
102 E. Main St., Rockton. 9 p.m. Info:
Karaoke with Mike – Victory Tap, 2315
Harrison Ave. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Every
Fri. Free. Info: 815-399-8822.
Karaoke – The Filling Station, 6259
11th St. Info: 815-874-5766.
Karaoke – The Grove, 100 E. Grove
St., Poplar Grove. 9 p.m. Info: 815765-1002.
Bob Affolder, Karaoke – Rockton Inn,
102 E. Main St., Rockton. 9 p.m. Info:
Karaoke – Scanlan’s, 2921 City View
Drive. 9 p.m. Info: 815-639-0000.
DJ – Backstop Bar & Grill, 1830 Union
Ave., Belvidere. 9 p.m. Free. Info:
DJ – Oscar’s Pub & Grill, 5980 E. State
St. 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-399-6100.
DJ – Manor Nightclub, 293 Executive Pkwy. 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815394-0077.
DJ – Brewsky’s, 4414 Charles St. 9:30
p.m. Free. Info: 815-399-9300.
DJ – RBI’s, 3870 N. Perryville Road. 9
p.m. Info: 815-877-5592.
DJ – Tad’s, 10 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves
Park. 9 p.m. Info: 815-654-3500.
DJ – The Office Niteclub, 513 E. State
St. 9 p.m. Info: 815-965-0344.
DJ Jonny – Shooters Bar & Grill,
4007 E. State St. 8 p.m. Info: 815399-0683.
DJ Mark & Lana – FIBS, 105 W.
Main St., Rockton. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Info: 815-624-6018.
DJ/Karaoke – Jayne’s Place, 2229
Anderson Drive, Belvidere. Info: 815544-5153.
DJ/Karaoke – Red’s Neighborhood
Tavern, 129 N. State St., Belvidere.
Info: 815-544-6677.
Saturday, Sept. 3
On the Waterfront – Downtown Rockford. 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Live music, entertainment, carnival rides,
food. Advance tickets, 3 days, $15,
$12/day at the gate. See related
article in Vibe Entertainment section. Info: 815-964-4388 or
Joe Jencks & Brother Sun Trio – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
DeKalb, 158 N.Fourth St., DeKalb.
Opening by Conley Trio w/Jen
Jencks Conley at 7:30 p.m., followed
by main act at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15/
general admission, $10 students &
seniors, sold at the door.
Iron Cross, Patchwork (Metal Tribute) & 99 Proof Devils – Bar 3, 326
E. State St. 8:30 p.m. $5. Info: 815968-9061.
Benefit Concert for Safe Passage w/
Drew Dawson, Tomorrow’s Alliance, Jenny Franck – The House
Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. 7
p.m. $5. Info: 815-787-9547.
Sweet Lucy – Hope and Anchor, 5040
N. Second St., Loves Park. 9 p.m.
Info: 815-633-2552.
The Sensations featuring Holland
Zander – Kryptonite Music Lounge,
308 W. State St. 9 p.m. Call for
cover. Info: 815-965-0931.
The Goodyear Pimps & The Sons of Many
Bitches – Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Info: 815-962-7944.
Ma & Pa Kittle/Karaoke – Grant Park
Tavern, 3015 Kishwaukee St. 9 p.m.1 a.m. Free. Info: 815-397-9819.
DJ/Karaoke – Red’s Neighborhood
Tavern, 129 N. State St., Belvidere.
Info: 815-544-6677.
DJ Mark & Lana – FIBS, 105 W.
Main St., Rockton. 9:30 p.m. Free.
Info: 815-624-6018.
DJ – Tad’s, 10 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves
Park. 9 p.m. Info: 815-654-3500.
Sunday, Sept. 4
On the Waterfront – Downtown Rockford. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Live music,
entertainment, carnival rides, food. Advance tickets, 3 days, $15, $12/day
at the gate. See related article in Vibe
Entertainment section. Info: 815-9644388 or
Continued on page B4 !
The Rock River Times
Kryptonite provides
designated drivers
By Chris Wachowiak
to us to try to direct you to smarter choices.
Kryptonite Owner
This is why Kryptonite partnered up with
Responsibility matters in life; and for a Designated Drivers of Illinois. Fully licensed
man who loves to be irresponsible from time and insured, Designated Drivers sit on site
to time, I’ve found a way to remove a bad every Friday and Saturday, along with any
choice that can haunt you.
special holiday or occasion like On the WaToo often, I hear
terfront or Screw
people complain
City Beer Festival,
about not wanting to Fully licensed and insured, offering Kryptonite
take a cab in Rock- Designated Drivers sit on site customers a disford, because of a
rate to take
every Friday and Saturday, along counted
number of reasons:
guests and their cars
1. Rockford cabs are with any special holiday or home for $20.
sketchy. 2. It takes occasion like On the Waterfront
Guests don’t even
on average 30 min- or Screw City Beer Festival, need to make a phone
call on these days;
utes to get a cab to
your location. 3. You offering Kryptonite customers a they can just walk
don’t want to leave discounted rate to take guests across the street as a
team will always sit
your car behind.
and their cars home for $20.
on site. Last, but not
So, in a culture
where DUIs are only
least, their team is all
on the upswing and tolerance for irresponsi- business — professional people who are pasbility is diminishing, a new option needs to sionate about what they do ... a winning
be examined.
combination for partnering up with Kryptonite.
When it came time to plan my wedding, I
In life, it’s good to have options. And now,
was looking for a responsible way to get my you have options for your safety and the
family members and guests home safely. I safety of those in your lives. And if you come
had seen some fliers about a year ago, and down on a night when it is not a weekend or
then I actually saw Designated Drivers of holiday, Kryptonite customers get preferRockford in action at an EMK Golf Outing. ential treatment with faster service and
So, as I was talking with owner Nick Jupin still get a discount on the standard rate.
about his services, I realized I needed to give
Remember, we want you around to be our
the guests at my bar some safer options in customers for years to come! Our customers
their life, and remove the DUI barriers for deserve better choices, which happen to be
found at our front door. See you there — let’s
them and everyone who visits us.
Now, it’s no secret that at Kryptonite, we have some fun!
encourage people to have a good time. And
Chris Wachowiak is owner of Kryptonite
some of our customers like to have a really Music Lounge, 308 W. State St. The club can
good time ... it’s not for us to judge. But it is up be reached at (815) 965-0931.
Scott Holt to teach master
guitar clinic, perform Sept. 1
Staff Report
color booklet and a signed copy of Holt’s
Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts newest CD release.
The Scott Holt Band
presents blues guitar genius
will be performing at the
Scott Holt, who will offer his
Adriatic Café, 327 W.
master guitar class at 4 p.m.,
Jefferson St., Thursday
Thursday, Sept. 1, at
night, Sept. 1. Check out
Emerson House, 420 N.
his music and biographiMain St., Rockford.
cal information at
Holt leads a nationallytouring blues/roots band,
and is widely regarded as
Reservations are availone of the most talented guiable by calling (815) 964tar players touring now. He
2238 (leave a message with
began his career as Buddy
your call-back number) and
Guy’s band leader. After 10
years on the road with
Buddy, he hit the road makvia PayPal, ($1/reservation
ing his own music.
processing fee included).
The class will take place
Print your receipt to present
Photo provided
from 4 to 5 p.m. and is limit at the door and verify
ited to eight students. Cost is
your reservation.
Scott Holt
$75 per student.
For more details, call (815)
In addition to an hour of semi-private 964-2238 or visit
instruction, each student will receive a full- or
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Fun day with family and friends!
Three great rides!
Explore Winnebago County by bike!
Cool t-shirt!
Party after the ride!
Support four great performing arts organizations!
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
! Continued from page B2
Acoustic Millennium Band – Tads on the
River, 10 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park.
4-8 p.m. Free. Info: 815-877-1122.
Poets Dance, Lucrezio & Tim Stop –
Bar 3, 326 E. State St. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Info: 815-968-9061.
The Sensations, The Stevee Nix –
Kryptonite Music Lounge, 308 W. State
St. 9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-965-0931.
Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts –
Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St.
9:30 p.m. Info: 815-962-7944.
Karaoke – Whiskey’s Roadhouse,
3207 N. Main St. Family, 6-9 p.m.
Adult Karaoke: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Info:
Monday, Sept. 5
Vinyl Voodoo – Mary’s Place, 602 N.
Madison St. 10:30 p.m. Free. Info:
Free Pool – Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207
N. Main St. Info: 815-877-8007.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Open Stage – Mary’s Place, 602 N.
Madison St. 9:30 p.m. Info: 815962-7944.
Karaoke – Kryptonite Music Lounge, 308
W. State St. Info: 815-965-0931.
Free Pool & Karaoke with Bob –
Whiskey’s Roadhouse, 3207 N. Main
St. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Info: 815-877-8007.
Please have your free listing in to The
Rock River Times the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication.
Call (815) 964-9767 to report any
inaccuracies in these calendars.
Arts & Theater
Ongoing Attractions
Rockford Art Museum – 711 N. Main
St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.,
noon-5 p.m. Featuring “Rockford
Made 4356: Deill/Julin,” thru Dec.
27. Born on the same day, in the
same year — April 3,1956 — in the
same Rockford hospital, “Rockford
Made 4356” celebrates the creative
vision of noted Rockford artists John
Deill and Jim Julin. Free for everyone
every Tues. Info: 815-968-2787.
Artists’ Ensemble – Rockford College
Cheek Theatre, 5050 E. State St.
Info: 815-540-4717.
Kortman Gallery – 107 N. Main St. Mon.Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Featuring
“Flesh in Rainbows,” paintings by
Sarah Danielle Stewart, thru Oct. 1.
Info: 815-968-0123.
David C. Olson Photography Studio –
7801 E. State St., inside Clock
Tower Resort. Wildlife and nature
imagery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Free.
Info: 815-873-1777.
Beth Ann Weis Salon & Spa – 4108
Morsay Drive, Rockford. Featuring
JoAnne McKinney paintings thru
Sept. 22. Hours: Tues. & Fri., 9 a.m.-6
p.m.; Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.5 p.m. Closed Sun., Mon., Wed. Info:
Funktional Arts – 412 N. First St.
Furniture & sculpture. Info: 815969-7942.
Village Gallery – Stewart Square. Artists’ co-op. 45 artists. Open Wed.-Fri.,
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-963-ARTS.
Bonzi Productions Theatre Group –
Family theater, plays, musicals. Info:
Wright Museum of Art – 700 College
St., Beloit, Wis. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.Sun. Info: 608-363-2677.
Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery – 324
Spring St., Galena. Thurs.-Mon., 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 815-777-2870.
NIU Art Museum – Hall Case Galleries, 116 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb.
Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.,
noon-4 p.m. Thru Oct. 29: “In the
House: Sculpture for the Home,”
“In the Studio and In the Garden:
John Balsley Sculpture and Collage,” “On the Body and In the
Hand.” Free. Info: 815-753-1936.
Rockford College Art Gallery – Clark Arts
Center, 5050 E. State St. 3-6 p.m.,
Tues.-Fri. Free. Info: 815-226-4105.
Womanspace – Womanspace, 3333
Maria Linden Drive. Exhibit: Anything
Goes, 5:30-8 p.m. in Gallery 1 thru
Sept. 10. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: 815-877-0118.
Beloit Fine Arts Incubator – 520 E.
Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Mon.-Fri., 9
a.m.-1 p.m. Starting Sept. 2: “The
Art of Dan Wuthrich.” Opening reception Sept. 2. Other hours by appointment. Info: 608-313-9083.
Monroe Arts Center – 1315 11th St.,
Monroe, Wis. Info: 608-325-5700.
ArtSpace West – 1426 N. Main St. Tues.Fri., 3-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Info:
630-546-4727 or 815-988-1501.
Age Quake Theatre – Plays for and
about those 55 and older performed
in the greater Rockford area. Info:
Cholke Photography & Fine Art Gallery – 2211 E. State St. Fri., 7:3010 p.m.; Sat., 4:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 25 p.m. Free. Info: 815-226-9398.
The Fireside Theatre – Fort Atkinson,
Wis. Now playing: Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers. Info: 800-4779505 or
Freeport Art Museum –121 N. Harlem
Ave., Freeport. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sat., noon-5 p.m. Now thru Sept. 17:
Print Invitational: Exhibition of
printmaking by Barry Carlsen,
Darren Houser, David Menard and
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Peter Olson. Info: 815-235-9755.
DeKalb Area Women’s Center – 1021
State St., DeKalb. Fridays 7-9 p.m.
Info: 815-758-1351.
Tom Littrell Design & Art Studio –
317 Market St., Rockford. “Artists
at Work” every Friday, 4-8 p.m. thru
Oct. 15. Info: 815-519-5288.
Timber Lake Playhouse – 8215 Black
Oak Road, Mt. Carroll. Now playing:
‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $23
adults, $20 seniors, $15 students.
Info: 815-244-2035.
Ingrid Dohm Studio Gallery – 839 N.
Perryville Road. Appointments/Info:
Midtown Marketplace – 203 Seventh St.
Info: 815-961-1269.
The Gallery At JustGoods – 201 Seventh St. Currently seeking local artist to present works in the Community/Art room. New art shows
monthly. Featuring the works of
David Van Delinder and Jim
Flickinger. Info: 815-965-8903.
Charlotte Hackin Art Studio & Gallery – 6278 Brynwood Drive. Info:
Bliss Beads Studio & Gallery – 161 E.
Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill. Weekly classes
in bead jewelry making, silversmithing
and flamework glass. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Mon.-Sat. Info: 815-517-0164.
Woodstock Opera House – 121
VanBuren St., Woodstock. Info: 815338-5300.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 – Timber Lake Playhouse,
8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll.
7:30 p.m. Special production. Tickets $20, available online at or call
box office at 815-244-2035, open
11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Sexifyed part Deux – Pearl, 6876
Spring Creek Road. Collaborative
group art exhibit among students of
Rock Valley College, School of the
Art Institute of Chicago and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers –
The Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson,
Wis. at dinner theatre thru Oct. 23.
Tickets/Info: 800-477-9595 or
‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 – Timber Lake Playhouse,
8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll.
7:30 p.m. Special production. Tickets $20, available online at or call
box office at 815-244-2035, open
11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Continued on page B5 !
Photo by John Cobb
Mariah Thornton and David A. Gingerich in Incorruptible at Artists’ Ensemble Theater.
Incorruptible opens Artists’
Ensemble’s season Sept. 9
Staff Report
The Dark Ages are looking pretty dark in
the 13th century — the wheelbarrow hasn’t
been invented yet, and the patron saint of the
village hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years.
Then, a group of destitute monks take a
lesson from a larcenous minstrel, who teaches
them an outrageous way to make a fortune.
What could possibly go wrong? Besides …
well, everything. Incorruptible by Michael
Hollinger opens Artists’ Ensemble Theater’s
eighth season with performances Sept. 9-25
in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford College.
Acclaimed as “a lightning-fast farce, rich
in both verbal and physical humor,” by
American Theatre, the comedy features Ensemble member David A. Gingerich as Jack
and guest artist Michael Herold as Charles,
the good-hearted, if misguided, abbot.
Mariah Thornton plays Marie, Jack’s “We
are man and wife, in all but the eyes of the
law and the church.”; Patte Armato Lund
plays Marie’s eccentric mom; Chad Brazzle,
Jamie Button and David Jacobs play monks;
and Margaret Raether plays the abbess of a
nearby convent.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays; 8 p.m., Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m., Sundays. Thursday tickets are $19. All other performances are $28,
$26 for seniors and $10 for students.
Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling
(815) 904-2277.
The Rock River Times
Arts community
presents free ‘Curtain
Up!’ event Sept. 8
Staff Report
Rockford’s arts and entertainment community will kick off their 2011-2012 seasons
at “Curtain Up!” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
At “Curtain Up!”, the Rockford community can discover all their local arts and
entertainment organizations have to offer
for the 2011-2012 season. Attendees can
talk to representatives from the various
organizations and purchase season subscriptions and single tickets.
The event will include free appetizers,
cash bar, live music and ticket giveaways.
Presenting organizations include
AgeQuake Theatre, Artists’ Ensemble
Theater, Charlotte’s Web for the Perform-
ing Arts, Coronado Performing Arts Center, Discovery Center Museum, Kantorei,
the Singing Boys of Rockford, Land of
Lincoln Theater Organ Society,
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, the
MetroCentre, The Music Academy, Rock
Valley College Starlight Theatre, Rockford Area Arts Council, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford College, Rockford
Coronado Concert Association, Rockford
Dance Company, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Wind Ensemble and
Rockford Writers’ Guild.
For more details, contact Ann-Margret
Naber at the Rockford Area Arts Council by
calling (815) 963-6765 or e-mailing
[email protected], or visit
Pec Playhouse stages
Once Upon a Mattress
Staff Report
PECATONICA, Ill. — Pec Playhouse Theatre in Pecatonica, Ill., will present Once
Upon a Mattress Sept. 9-25. This grown-up
fairy tale portrays the traditional story of
the princess and pea in a whole new light.
The kingdom is in turmoil waiting for
Prince Dauntless the Drab to wed since
none of the courtiers can take a trip down
the aisle until the prince does. And while
Dauntless isn’t picky, his mother is. The
queen devises nearly impossible tasks for
each candidate to attempt, and none of the
first 12 has been equal to the challenge.
The situation becomes dire for lady-inwaiting Larken when she discovers she
and Sir Harry are about to become unwed
parents. Sir Harry rides out to find a suitable candidate in a far-off land, but when
he finally returns with Winifred the Woebegone from the swamps, no one is convinced this moat-swimming girl will make
a suitable princess. When Dauntless the
Drab falls head over heels, the kingdom
conspires to help Winifred beat the queen
at her own game.
Styled in a late-’50s Las Vegas night club
where the castle wenches are show girls, the
mute king is a Hefner-esque skirt-chaser,
and the story-telling minstrel is a martinisipping lounge act … this version of Once
Upon a Mattress promises to surprise and
delight audiences with fast-paced vocal numbers and dance styles ranging from a softshoe to free-style rock-and-roll.
Pec Playhouse Theatre is at 314 Main St.,
Pecatonica, Ill. Show times are 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays.
The theater notes it has an opening for a
princess in the production. Those interested
should contact the theater.
Tickets ($10) are available by calling (815)
239-1210 or 1-877-PEC-PLAY, or by visiting
Fall registration open for
Rock Valley Children’s Choir
Staff Report
Registration is open for Rock Valley
Children’s Choir’s fall semester.
Registration dates and locations for the
four choirs are as follow:
! Do Re Mi Singers (grade 1-3) — 45:30 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 12 and 14, Spring
Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring
Creek Road, Rockford.
! Music Makers Chorus (grade 4-8)
— 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 6 and 13,
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415
N. Church St., Rockford.
! Crescendo Choir (grade 6-8, auditions required) — 4-6 p.m., Thursday,
Sept. 1, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford.
! Encore (grade 9-12) — 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, Mendelssohn Performing Arts
Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford.
The Rock Valley Children’s choirs, directed
by Leah Baskin, provide a safe place for
children to make music together and make
new friends. Each chorus rehearses once a
week and participates in two concerts per
semester, as well as other community events.
Tuition is $125 per semester for Do Re Mi
Singers and $150 per semester for Music
Makers Chorus, Crescendo Choir and Encore. Discounts for families with more than
one participating singer are available.
Registration forms and payments will
be taken at the first and second rehearsal
of each chorus, or may be mailed to the
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.
For more information, call the
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at
visit or view the
RVC Fall 2011 Community and Continuing Professional Education schedule at
New book by Freeport author tells
how to recover from house fire
Staff Report
the experiences of other fire victims with
A Freeport resident has written and pub- whom she talked.
lished a reference book to assist people who
In an interview, Lockwood said: “Unforhave had fires.
tunately, there wasn’t a book or even a
Titled How to Recover From a House Fire pamphlet written to help fire victims when
(or How to Keep from Being Burned After the
Continued on page B6 !
Fire’s Extinguished), the
book clearly lists the anComing to Rockford this September
swers to the many questions
a person has after a home
fire. It also warns of the
many people who have no
qualms about further exploiting the fire’s victim beWidow and Widowers Gathering
cause of the insurance
money that’s “up for grabs.”
For those aged 40 and older. Check back soon
Told in an easy-to-read
style, the book relates the
for more details about this secular activity
personal fire experience unfor more information call
dergone several years ago
by Freeport author Mary
Doak-Lockwood, as well as
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
! Continued from page B4
Friday, Sept. 2
“Lucien Knuteson Photography: I
Shoot People” – Monroe Arts Center, Frehner Gallery, 1315 11th St.,
Monroe, Wis. Opening reception 57 p.m. Gallery Talk, 5 p.m.Thru Oct.
14. Info: 608-325-5700.
22nd Annual Photography Contest &
Exhibit – Monroe Arts Center,
Wesley Hall, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. Opening reception 5-7 p.m.
Contest winners announced 6 p.m.
Thru Oct. 14. Info: 608-325-5700.
The Art of Dan Wuthrich – Beloit Fine
Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave.,
Beloit, Wis. Opening reception 5:308:30 p.m. Gallery talk at 7 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & refreshments. Showing thru Oct. 3. Gallery
hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info:
Artists at Work featuring Ron
Clevenger – Tom Littrell Design &
Art Studio, 317 Market St. 4-8 p.m.
Landscapes on large canvases. Info:
815- 519-5288.
Sexifyed part Deux – Pearl, 6876
Spring Creek Road. Collaborative
group art exhibit among students of
Rock Valley College, School of the
Art Institute of Chicago and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
“Artists at Work” – Tom Littrell Design & Art Studio, 317 Market St.,
Rockford. Every Friday, 3-7 p.m. thru
Sept. 30. Info: 815-519-5288.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers –
The Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson,
Wis. at dinner theatre thru Oct. 23.
Tickets/Info: 800-477-9595 or
‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 – Timber Lake Playhouse,
8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll.
7:30 p.m. Special production. Tickets $20, available online at or call
box office at 815-244-2035, open
11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Saturday, Sept. 3
Hello Galena! – Galena-Jo Daviess
County Historical Society & Museum,
121 N. Commerce St., Galena. 10
a.m.-noon. Meet and Greet for fiber
artist Susan Brusch, who works with
handmade mittens. For map and
directions: or
The Art of Dan Wuthrich – Beloit Fine
Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave.,
Beloit, Wis. Thru Oct. 3. Gallery hours:
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 608313-9083.
Sexifyed part Deux – Pearl, 6876
Spring Creek Road. Collaborative
group art exhibit among students of
Rock Valley College, School of the
Art Institute of Chicago and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers –
The Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson,
Wis. at dinner theatre thru Oct. 23.
Tickets/Info: 800-477-9595 or
‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 – Timber Lake Playhouse,
8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll.
7:30 p.m. Special production. Tickets $20, available online at or call
box office at 815-244-2035, open
11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Sunday, Sept. 4
Art in the Park – Krape Park, 1799 S.
Park Blvd., Freeport. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Regional artists display their paintings, photography, woodworking,
ceramics, and metal crafting. See
local musicians and performing artists; activities for kids. Info: 815235-6114, ext. 115.
‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 – Timber Lake Playhouse,
8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll.
7:30 p.m. Special production. Tickets $20, available online at or call
box office at 815-244-2035, open
11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Sexifyed part Deux – Pearl, 6876
Spring Creek Road. Collaborative
group art exhibit among students of
Rock Valley College, School of the
Art Institute of Chicago and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Monday, Sept. 5
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers –
The Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson,
Wis. at dinner theatre thru Oct. 23.
Tickets/Info: 800-477-9595 or
The Art of Dan Wuthrich – Beloit Fine
Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave.,
Beloit, Wis. Thru Oct. 3. Gallery hours:
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 608313-9083.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers –
The Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson,
Wis. at dinner theatre thru Oct. 23.
Tickets/Info: 800-477-9595 or
The Art of Dan Wuthrich – Beloit Fine
Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave.,
Beloit, Wis. Thru Oct. 3. Gallery hours:
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 608313-9083.
Please have your free listing in to The
Rock River Times the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication.
Call (815) 964-9767 to report any
inaccuracies in these calendars.
Ongoing Attractions
Rockford Public Library Hours – Main
Library open Tues.-Thurs., noon-8
p.m. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; East
Branch open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8
p.m. & Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Rock
River and Montague branches open
Tues.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. & Fri., 10
a.m.-6 p.m.; Rockton Centre Branch
open Mon.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m. &
Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Lewis Lemon
Branch open Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. All
library locations closed Sundays.
Merchant Family Civil War Display –
Rockford Public Library, Main Library,
Local History Room, 215 N. Wyman
St. Winnebago County family who
sent 10 sons to the military during
the Civil War. Thru September.
Burpee Museum of Natural History –
737 N. Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info:
Discovery Center Museum – 711 N.
Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Info: 815-963-6769.
Tinker Swiss Cottage – 411 Kent St.
Tours 1, 2, 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. New
exhibit: “Barn Quilt” on Tinker Barn to
celebrate Northern Illinois Quilt Fest
thru September. Info: 815-964-2424.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
– 2715 S. Main St. Tues.-Sat., 9
a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $6 adults, $3
seniors & students, children younger
than 3 and Klehm members, free.
Info: 815-965-8146.
Through the Branches – A Quilter’s
Perspective – Klehm Arboretum &
Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St.
Exhibit runs July through September.
Free with Arboretum daily admission
fee. Adults $6, seniors 65+/students
$3, members and children younger
than 5, free. Info: 815-965-8146.
Anderson Japanese Gardens – 318
Spring Creek Road. Open May 1-Oct.
31. Info: 815-229-9390.
Memorial Hall – 211 N. Main St. 9
a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Fri., or by appointment. Info: 815-969-1999.
Camp Grant – 1004 Samuelson Road.
8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tues.-Sat. Restaurant
on premises. Info: 815-395-0679.
Lewis Lemon Community Center –
1993 Mulberry St. Mon.-Fri., 5:3011 p.m. Free. Info: 815-987-8800.
Ethnic Heritage Museum – 1129 S.
Main St. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Featuring
“Garibaldi Guard!” honoring the 39th
New York Infantry, a regiment of Italian-American men who fought under
Giuseppe Garibaldi; runs until Nov.
30. Admission $3 individual, $5 famContinued on page B8 !
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
The Rock River Times
Biking with dino bones from Montana to
Rockford: Burpee’s Dr. Alan Brown makes it!
Photos by Frank Schier, editor and publisher
For 1,021 miles and 27 days at an average of
2 miles per hour, Bob Kantner (above left) drove
the support truck following Burpee Museum of
Natural History Executive Director Dr. Alan Brown
as he pedaled his bike from Ekalaka, Mont., to
bring the last of Homer the dinosaur’s bones to
their new home at Burpee Museum.
Kantner joked, “I learned truck drivers know
a lot ... a tractor trailer carrying pig manure goes
faster than we do.” To which, Brown retorted,
“Only uphill! Only uphill!”
The jokester duo passed through Montana,
Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and
home to Illinois.
“The Burpee Museum discovered the most
complete juvenile Triceratops ever found, and it’s
time we bring Homer home!” said the 62 yearsyoung Brown on the museum’s website.
Beginning at 6:45 a.m., Aug. 1, and every
morning after, Brown had an interview with Aaron
and Andy on Channel 23.
“We were interviewed by five newspapers
along the way, spreading the word about Burpee
and Rockford,” Brown said.
More good humor and personal perseverance
marked the trip with a visit to the Spam Museum
and a toe patched up with duct tape.
Burpee Director of Marketing and Resource
Development Nancy Whitlock (center right)
gathered support for Brown’s trip, as was
evident with the banner she presented him with
on his return last Saturday, Aug. 27. Brown
(right) applauded donors Jay and Bart Brost for
the loan of their new Ford F-150 pickup truck,
the TREK bike company and Rockford Bicycle
Company on Perryville Road.
“We raised an estimated $20,000, and after
expenses, we’ll net around $12,000 to
$15,000,” Brown said.
To see all the fun and trials of this amazing
trip, go to
To make a donation, go to and
click on “Homer is Coming Home. Click to
Support the Ride.”
This smiling Herculean effort deserves a net
of $20,000! Donate today!
New book by
author tells
how to recover
from house fire
! Continued from page B5
I had my fire. Had there been one, much of
my stress, fears and anxieties would have
been significantly reduced. The objective of
my book is to help anyone who’s going
through the same thing. But I also urge
people ‘to read the book before they need it.’
A fire can happen to anyone!”
Future book signings will be announced
later, but anyone wanting a book immediately may e-mail [email protected]
The Rock River Times
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
The Illinois Renewable Energy Association thanks the
sponsors of the Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable
Lifestyle Fair whose financial support made the event possible.
Unfortunately, last week we listed an outdated list of
sponsors. We apologize to this year’s sponsors. Here is the
corrected list:
2011 Sponsors:
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Freedom Field
The Rock River Times
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Airdronic Test & Balance Inc
Axberg Heating
Christiansen Inc
Commercial Refrigeration
Comfort Zone Htg & Clg
DeKalb Mechanical
D & E Sheet Metal
Distinguished Sheet Metal
Freeport Industrial Roofing Inc
Gilley’s Heating & AC
Freeport Sheet Metal
Jim Holder Heating & AC
Heat-Co Mechanical
LM Sheet Metal
Automatic Environmental
Loescher Heating & AC
Mechanical Inc
Master Sheet Metal
Metal Formers Inc
National Metal Works
Miller Engineering
Nesterowicz & Associates Inc
Norstar Mechanical Industries
Park Sheet Metal
Sheet Metal Connectors Inc
Northern Mechanical
Rockford Heating & AC
Sterling Commercial Roofing
Superior Heating & AC Inc
Total Plumbing
Byron Forest Preserve District
Ogle County Solid Waste
Oregon Park District
Northern Public Radio
Patchwork Inn
ComEd, an Exelon Corporation
WVIK Augustana Public Radio
Mindful Metropolis
Radish Magazine
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
! Continued from page B5
ily. Info: 815-962-7402.
Pine Tree Pistol Club – Info about club
& classes: 815-874-7399.
Graham-Ginestra House Museum –
1115 S. Main St. Sundays, 2-4 p.m.
Info: 815-968-6044.
Midway Village – 6799 Guilford
Road. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Exhibit Stitches and Scraps: Quilts from
the Museum’s Collection until Oct.
1. Info: 815-397-9112.
Stone Quarry Recreation Park – 6845
N. German Church Road, Byron.
Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-8
p.m. Info: 815-234-8900.
Health Classes/Seniors Meetings/
Support Groups – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health. Call for
specific meetings/dates/info:
Support Groups/Youth Drop-in Hours –
Diversity of Rockford, 117 S. Third St.
Free. Weekly. Call for specific meetings/dates/info: 815-964-2639.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633
or 815-968-0333.
Narcotics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-964-5959
or 888-656-7329.
Support for Retired Grievers – Zion
Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave. 1011:30 a.m. Free. Every other Wed.
Call for dates/info: 815-636-4750.
Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W.– Every Thursday at Byron Public Library,
Route 2. 12-step study group – 5:306 p.m. Regular group meets 6-7:30
p.m. Info: 815-734-4662.
Rockford Public Library Used Book
Shop – Rockford Public Library, 215
N. Wyman St. Mon.-Wed., noon-8
p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10
a.m.-1 p.m. Info: 815-965-7606.
Ken-Rock Community Center – 3218
11th St. Various activities throughout the year. Info: 815-398-8864.
Womanspace – 3333 Maria Linden
Drive. Yoga every Thursday, 9:3010:45 a.m. $40/four classes or
$12/class. Basic Hatha Yoga. Other
activities throughout the year. Info:
Beckman Mill Park – 11600 S. County
Road H, off Highway 81. Tours 1-4
p.m. Corn grinding demonstrations,
see the blacksmith shop, creamery
& visitor center. Info: 608-751-1551.
Heritage Farm Museum – 8059 N.
River Road, Byron. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.4:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 217.
Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and
Wheels Museum – 5151 Orth
Road, Poplar Grove. Open weekdays
11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Info: 815-547-3115.
Rock River Valley Blood Center – 419 N.
Sixth St. Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-6:30
p.m.; Fri., 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Info: 815965-8751 or 866-889-9037.
Kishwaukee Valley A.B.A.T.E. Meeting
– V.F.W., 2018 Windsor Road, Loves
Park. Second Sunday of each month,
2 p.m. Info: 815-544-3088.
Open Doors – Court Street United Methodist Church Chapel, 215 N. Court St.
12:30-1 p.m. Every Wed. Enter north
end. Info: 815-962-6061.
Historic Auto Attractions – 13825
Metric Drive, Roscoe. Tues.-Sat., 10
a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info:
Angelic Organics Learning Center –
1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia.
Various classes & activities throughout the year. Info: 815-389-8455.
Byron Museum of History – 106 N.
Union St., Byron. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info:
The Bridge Center of Rockford – 4861
American Road. Games & classes
for beginners through experts. Info:
Becca’s Closet – Lutheran Church of
the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton
Ave. Accepting donations of gentlyused formal wear. Donations accepted Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at:
Machesney Park City Hall (300
Machesney Road), Classic Formal
Wear (Colonial Village Mall), United
Way of Rock River Valley (612 N.
Main St.), Crusader Clinic (1200 W.
State St.) & Harlem Roscoe Fire Station (Bridge & Main streets, Roscoe).
Info: 815-289-3551.
Household Hazardous Waste DropOff – Rock River Water Reclamation District, 3333 Kishwaukee St.
Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Club Round: A Clubhouse for Round
People – 7120 Windsor Lake
Pkwy., Suite 202, Loves Park. Various activities throughout the year.
Info: 815-639-0312.
Rockton Township Historical Society
Museum – Corner of Blackhawk
Boulevard & Green Street, Rockton.
Open for tours every Sat. 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Info: 815-624-4830..
Having Trouble Hearing on the Phone?
– Center for Sight & Hearing, 8038
Macintosh Lane. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,
Mon.-Fri. Free amplified phone program. Must be Illinois resident and
have standard phone service. Application/info: 815-332-6800.
Stretch & Belly Dance Combo Beginners’ Class – Club Round, 7120
Windsor Lake Parkway. 7:30-9 p.m.
Classes every Mon., Wed. & Fri. Registration/info: 815-639-0312.
Adventure Club – Jarrett Center,
Byron Forest Preserve District,
7993 N. River Road, Byron. 9-11
a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Ages 3-6. Info:
815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Intermediate Writing/Publishing
Class – Meets every Mon. Call for
information. Info: 224-343-0384.
Introduction to Card-Making/Stamp-
ing – Meets every Thurs. Call for
information. Info: 224-343-0384.
Toddler Time – Mount Olive Lutheran
Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road. 9:1510:15 a.m. Every Mon. and Tues.
Free. Info: 815-399-3171.
Neighborhood Tool Bank – 907 S. Main
St. Loans out tools for gardening &
cleanup projects. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Mon.-Thurs.; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday.
Thru Oct. 1. Make appointment in advance. Info: 815-963-6236.
Logan Museum of Anthropology –
700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 11
a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Info: 608363-2677.
Yoga Classes – Emmanuel Lutheran
Church, 920 Third Ave., Rockford.
Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m., six weeks consecutive, $45 or single classes, $10
each. Register/Info: 815-963-4815.
Jarrett Center – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River Road,
Byron. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 200.
Summerfield Zoo – 3088 Flora Road,
Belvidere. Open two weekends a
month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11
a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Open one weekday per month. Admission: $7 adults,
$5 children. Info: 815-547-4852.
Magic Waters Waterpark – 7820 N.
CherryVale Blvd., Cherry Valley. Open
thru Sept. 5. Mon., 10 a.m-9 p.m.;
Tues., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.9 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 10
a.m.-9 pm.; Sat & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Aug. 22-26 and Aug. 29-Sept.
2. General Admission: $22.95/nonresident, $17.95/resident; under 48
inches tall and seniors (62 and older):
$16.95/non-resident, $12.95/resident; ages 1-2: $4/non-resident and
resident; younger than 1 year: free.
Info: 815-966-2442.
Coronado Performing Arts Center – 314
N. Main St. Tickets now on sale for Bill
Cosby performance of Nov. 5. $37.50$57.50. Available at box office, or call
815-968-0595 or
Reservations for “Sip and Sail” –
“Cruisin’ on the Rock Event” to be
held Sept. 12. $35/person, age 21
and older. Info: 815-987-1632 or
[email protected]
Appointments for Barbara Olson City
of Hope Blood Drive – 3206 N.
Central Ave. Date: Sept. 7,10 a.m.-2
p.m. Reserve at: 815-964-9275.
Barbara Olson City of Hope Fundraiser – Casey’s Pub. Date: Sept.
11, 2-5 p.m. Tickets: $7 adult, $5
kids 12 and younger. Get tickets at
3206 N. Central Ave. Info: 815-9649275, ext. 265.
Registration: Holy Family Parish’s Divorce Healing Program – 12-week
DVD series offers help from a Catholic perspective. Series begins Sept.
12. Info: 815-398-4280.
Registration: Training for Parents of
Students Receiving Special Education Services – Family Matters Parent Training and Information
Center. Date: Sept. 8. Info/
Register: 866-436-7842,
ext. 107, or Registration after Sept. 1 must
be by phone.
Registration: Rock River
Sweep – Byron Forest Preserve District, 7993 N. River
Road. Date: Sept. 10, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Meet at the Heritage
Farm Museum. All ages.
Free. Register by Sept. 9 at
Registration: Boy Scout
Badge: Soil & Water Conservation – Byron Forest
Preserve District, 7993 N.
River Road. Date: Sept.13,69 p.m. Meet at Jarrett Center. $7/person, ages 10 and
up. Register by Sept. 12 at 815234-8535, ext. 200.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
Edgebrook Farmers’ Market – Edgebrook
Shopping Center, 1601 N. Alpine Road.
Every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Local produce. Rockford Rescue Mission will have bins available for donations. Donations can be dropped off at
several locations. Info: 815-226-0212.
Boone County Tea Party – Ida Public
Library, 320 N. State St., Belvidere.
6:30-8 p.m. Initial meeting.
Grassroots group concerned about
constitutional government. Presentation on Tea Party statewide Election Integrity Initiative. Info: 815-9853418 or [email protected]
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Management Course – Rock Valley Community Church, 5439 E. State St., Rockford. A 13-week course taught by
Dave Ramsey on DVD. 7 p.m. Register at: 815-395-1555.
Openfields Local Foods Dinner – Café
Belwah, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit,
Wis. Event begins at 6 p.m., dinner,
6:45 p.m. Four-course dinner by
owner Christopher Hildreth and his
chef. $45/person. Info/Reserve:
815-986-4357 or http://
Babes and Books – Rockford Public Library, Main Library, Little Theatre, 215
N. Wyman St. 11:15 a.m.-noon. Children younger than 2. Develop baby’s
literacy & social skills through rhymes,
stories, songs. Info: 815-965-7606.
Look, Listen, and Learn Storytime –
Rockford Public Library, East Branch,
6685 E. State St. 11:15 a.m.-12:15
p.m. Ages 3-6. Info: 815-965-7606.
Wednesday Storytime – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, 3128
11th St. 4-4:45 p.m. All ages. Info:
Forest City Queen Family Fun Night –
Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St.
Enjoy a slice of Armando’s pizza while
cruising down the Rock River. $10
($11 non-resident) adults; $8 ($9
non-resident) ages 5-17; free for
ages 4 and younger. Pizzas $10/
$12. Info: 815-987-8894.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena
& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville
Road. Info: 815-969-4069.
Breastfeeding Class – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Life, St. Anthony and
St. Joseph Rooms, 5666 E. State St.
7-9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-227-2695.
Gastric Banding & Bypass Support
Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center
for Health, 5510 E. State St. 5-6
p.m. Info: 815-227-2761.
Weight Loss Orientation – OSF Saint
Anthony Center for Health, rotates
among three OSF locations. 11:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Wed. Info: 815“Woman to Woman” Breast Cancer
Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony
Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E.
State St. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info:
Psychology Boot Camp – Spectrum of
Rockford LGBTQA, 6625 N. Second
St., Loves Park. Wednesdays from
7:30-9 p.m. Learn cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical
behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques.
Build your mental strengths. Cost:
$15 per group session. Register at:
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs.
Traverse City Beach Bums – Road
Ranger Stadium, 4503 Interstate
Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m. $5-$15.
Info: 815-885-2255.
Lake Erie Fishing Trip – Byron Forest
Preserve District, 7993 N. River
Road. All ages. Thru Sept. 2. Preregistration required. Info: 815-234-
The Rock River Times
8535, ext. 200.
Notice of City of Rockford Community
& Economic Development Hearings
– Wed., Sept. 7, noon, and Thurs.,
Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. at Northwest
Community Center, 1325 N.
Johnston Ave. For special accommodations for disabilities, call 815987-5690 by Sept. 6.
Thursday, Sept. 1
On the Waterfront Kick-Off Concert –
Downtown Rockford. Gates open at
4 p.m., runs till 11 p.m. Seven bands.
Tickets thru Coronado PAC. See
related article in Vibe Entertainment
section. Info: 815-964-4388.
Rockford Area Libertarians Meeting –
Villa Di Roma Restaurant, 11th Street
& Harrison Avenue. 7 p.m. Friendly
political conversation. Come early if you
would like to order food. Info: 815-9631962 or
Bilingual Thursdays Storytime (Spanish/English] – Rockford Public Library, Rock River Branch, Program
Room, 3128 11th St. 4-4:45 p.m.
Ages 3-8. Info: 815-965-7606.
Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Class
– OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E. State St. 9:3010:30 a.m. Registration is required.
Info: 815-227-2618.
SOUNS for Infants – Rockford Public
Library, East Branch Children’s Area,
6685 E. State St. 6-6:45 p.m. Ages
under 2. Literacy-building program.
Info: 815-965-7606.
Open Mic – Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh
St. Free. Info: 815-986-0628.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public
Library, Main Library Little Theatre,
215 N. Wyman St. 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Ages 4-10. Info: 815-965-7606.
Teen ‘Scape – Rockford Public Library,
Montague Branch, 1238 S.
Winnebago St. 4-7 p.m. Ages 1019. Play games on Wii or Playstation,
surf the Internet, play board games.
Info: 815-965-7606.
Latino Film Festival – Rockford Public
Library, Main Library Auditorium,
215 N. Wyman St. 6-8 p.m. Ages 18
and older. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Info: 815-965-7606.
Swing Dancing – St. Edward Church,
3004 11th St. 8-10:30 p.m. Every
Thurs. Info: 815-914-7441.
OSF “Stepping Forward” Cancer Support Group – OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E. State St.
6:30-8 p.m. Info: 815-227-2223.
Support for Grief After Suicide – Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 4700
Augustana Drive. 7 p.m. Free. Every
other Thurs. Call for schedule/info:
A Ministry of Restoration Bible Study
– Montague Branch Library, 1238
S. Winnebago St. 5:30 p.m. Every
Thurs. Prayer every Tues. 6:30 p.m.
For prayer or info: 815-966-6322.
Overeaters Anonymous H.O.W. – Byron
Public Library, on Ill. Route 2. 6-7:30
p.m. every Thurs. Info: 815-547-5932.
LGBT Movie Night – Spectrum of Rockford, 7120 Windsor Lake Parkway,
Suite 202, Loves Park. 7:30-10 p.m.
Ages 16 and up. $10/person/
RSVP: 815-639-0312.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs.
Traverse City Beach Bums – Road
Ranger Stadium, 4503 Interstate
Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m. $5-$15.
Info: 815-885-2255.
Lake Erie Fishing Trip – Byron Forest
Preserve District, 7993 N. River
Road. All ages. Thru Sept. 2. Preregistration required. Info: 815-2348535, ext. 200.
Friday, Sept. 2
On the Waterfront – Downtown Rockford. 5 p.m.midnight. Live
music, entertainment,
rides, food.
Advance tickets, 3 days,
$15, $12/
day at the
gate. See related article
in Vibe Entertainment
section. Info:
Market –
Street and
Second Avenue, across
f r o m
Every Friday
until mid-October, 3-7
p.m. Local
h o n e y ,
crafts, with
local musi-
cians performing every week.
Farmers’ Market – HCC Realty, 1240
S. Alpine Road.
Girlz Talk – Rockford Public Library,
Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W.
Jefferson St. 4-5 p.m. Ages 9-13.
Write in journals and make a piece
of jewelry to take home. Registration is required. Info: 815-965-7606.
Friday Fishing Fun – Welty Environmental Center, Beckman Mill County
Park, 11600 S. County Road H, off
Highway 81, Beloit. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages 6-12. Cost: $12/Welty member, $15/non-member. Info: 608361-1377 or [email protected]
Diabetes Support Group – OSF Saint
Anthony Medical Center, St.
Francis Room, 5666 E. State St.
6:30 p.m. open discussion. Free.
Info: 815-395-5159.
Spectrum of Rockford LGBTQA – Harmony Center, 6625 N. Second St.,
Loves Park. Teen Drop-In, 4-6 p.m.
Young Adult Group, 4-6 p.m. Rockford Rainbow Group, 6-7:30 p.m. Bisexual Group, 6-7:30 p.m. Gay Men’s
Group, 6-7:30 p.m. Rockford Pride
Fest Board Meeting, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Lesbian Women’s Group, 8:30-10
p.m. Transgender Group, 8:30-10
p.m. Cost/Info: 815-639-0312.
Forest City Queen Grab ’N’ Go Lunch
Cruise – Riverview Park, 324 N.
Madison St. Grab a box lunch and
board the boat for a 30-minute cruise.
No reservations required. $8 adults,
($8.50 non-resident); $7.50 ages 517 ($8.50 non-resident]; free for ages
4 and younger. Info: 815-987-8894.
Wellness for the Mind, Body & Spirit
Lecture Series: Natural Health –
Siena on Brendenwood, 4444
Brendenwood Road. 1:30 p.m. Ryan
Hulsebus, D.C. Info: 815-399-6167.
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena
& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville
Road. Info: 815-969-4069.
Forest City Queen Friday Night Fish
Fry Cruise – Riverview Park, 321 N.
Madison St. Enjoy Rockford Park
District’s Rocky’s Concessions fish
dinner with tartar sauce, cole slaw,
baked beans, bread, dessert & beverage while crusing the Rock River.
Watch the Ski Broncs performance.
$21. Info: 815-9878894.
Friday Survivor Days – Welty Environmental Center at Beckman Mill Park,
11600 County Road H, off Highway
81, Beloit. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 6-12.
Cost: $12/Welty member, $15/
non-member. Info: 608-361-1377.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs.
Joliet Slammers – Road Ranger
Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd.,
Loves Park. 7 p.m. $5-$15. Info:
Lake Erie Fishing Trip – Byron Forest
Preserve District, 7993 N. River
Road. All ages. Thru Sept. 2. Preregistration required. Info: 815-2348535, ext. 200.
Saturday, Sept. 3
On the Waterfront – Downtown Rockford. 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Live music, entertainment, carnival rides,
food. Advance tickets, 3 days, $15,
$12/day at the gate. See related
article in Vibe Entertainment section. Info: 815-964-4388 or
North End Farmers’ Market – North
End Commons, 1400 N. Main St.
Purchase fresh seasonal produce,
cut flowers, plants and bakery items.
Mt. Carroll Farmers’ Market – Market Street Commons, 320 N. Main
St., Mt. Carroll. 8 a.m.-noon, May
thru October. Includes Learn
Great Foods cooking demonstrations at 10 a.m. the first and second Saturdays of each month. Info:
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Recycling Center – 13125 N. Second
St., Roscoe. 9 a.m.-noon. Open Labor Day weekend. Accepts glass &
plastic containers, 6-pack rings,
metal food cans, aluminum cans &
scrap, corrugated cardboard, phone
books, paper, cell phones. Info: 815637-1343 or
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series –
Rockford Speedway, 9572 Forest
Hills Road, Loves Park. Spectacular
Drags & Dollar Beer Saturday. Late
Models, Sportsmen, American Short
Trackers, RoadRunners and Forwards/Backwards Race and oneon-one Spectacular Drags. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m., qualifying
begins at 6 p.m. with the first race at
7:07 p.m. Adult tickets: $8, students
(ages 12-17) $10, kids [ages 6-11]
$5, children age 5 and younger,
free. Info: 815-633-1500 or
Kundalini Yoga – Lazy Dog Yoga Studio, 5428 Williams Drive, Roscoe. 9
a.m. Info: 970-485-0249.
Weiskopf Observatory–Public Viewing
– Byron Forest Preserve District,
Jarrett Center, 7993 N. River Road,
Byron. Begins at dusk, every Saturday.
Free. Info: 815-234-8535, ext. 216.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs.
Joliet Slammers – Road Ranger
Continued on page B9 !
The Rock River Times
Leviathan 63 steam
locomotive at Illinois
Railway Museum
Staff Report
UNION, Ill. — Leviathan 63, an American steam locomotive, will be at Illinois
Railway Museum (IRM) in Union, Ill., Sept.
3-5 and Sept. 17-18.
In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad purchased four steam locomotives from
Schenectady Locomotive Works. They were
The Jupiter 60, The Storm 61, The Whirlwind 62 and The Leviathan 63.
This Leviathan 63 replica is America’s
newest operating steam locomotive. It was
built from scratch by Kloke Locomotive
Works, LLC, beginning in 1999 and is a
fully-operable steam locomotive that has
been under steam at a few events around
the Midwest.
This will be the first time that Leviathan
63 will be pulling a pair of coaches and
hauling passengers. Visit IRM and experience the sight of an 1860s steam locomotive.
Check the IRM website at or call
1800-BIG-RAIL (1-800-244-7245) for details.
Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors 62
and older, and $8 children 3-11. Maximum
family charge is $45.
Admission includes unlimited rides on all
trains, including the Leviathan. Parking is
free and food is available at the Dinner Annex.
IRM is at 7000 Olson Road, Union, Ill.
Fireside stages Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers through Oct. 23
Staff Report
FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — Fireside Theatre will present Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers now through Oct. 23.
With its high-stepping athletic dancing, its exuberant high spirits, its sidesplitting good humor, and its sweeping
romantic escapades, Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers is as joyous a musical as
you’ll see anywhere.
Every show comes with a fine dining
experience, access to several boutique shops
right at The Fireside, and free and convenient parking.
For more about show times, menus and
tickets, or to reserve seats, call 800-4779505 or visit
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers makes a
triumphant return to The Fireside in an allnew production full of color and excitement
and all the majestic beauty of the Rocky
Mountains. Audiences of all ages will laugh
and cheer at this time-honored tale of seven
boisterous, unruly mountain men who go to
hilarious lengths to find and marry the
women of their dreams.
Fireside Artistic Director Ed Flesch directs a 23-member cast of Broadway and
Photo provided
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is as joyous a
musical as you’ll see anywhere.
regional performers, including Jim
Reinhold as Adam and Wisconsin native
Katie Sina as Millie.
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers brings
us all back to a more innocent time in our
lives when we’re just learning how to approach that special someone for the very
first time,” Flesch said. “The humor, the
mistakes and the thrill of falling in love are
all recalled in this story, making it an enchanting journey for any age.”
Fireside Theatre is at 1131 Janesville
Ave., Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
! Continued from page B8
Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd.,
Loves Park. 6 p.m. $5-$15. Info:
Sunday, Sept. 4
On the Waterfront – Downtown Rockford. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Live music, entertainment, carnival rides,
food. Advance tickets, 3 days, $15,
$12/day at the gate. See related
article in Vibe Entertainment section. Info: 815-964-4388 or
Old Town Hall Museum – Davis Junction Scott Township Historical Society Old Town Hall Museum, 202 W.
Pacific Ave.,one block south of Rt.
72, corner of Pacific and Elm. Davis
Junction. 1-4 p.m.
CHIP Healthy Beginnings Session –
First Presbyterian Church, 406 N.
Main St. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn
about lifestyle changes for prevention, arrest and reversal of heart
disease, high cholesterol, diabetes
and high blood pressure. Free.
RSVP: 815-968-0478.
Family Golf – Ingersoll Golf Course,
101 Daisyfield Road. Open practice
1-5 p.m. Admission: $1, ages 17
and younger, $3 ages 18 and older
[$1 if accompanied by youth ages
17 and younger). Park District golf
permit holders admitted free. Info:
Pine Tree Pistol Club – 5454 11th St.,
Rockford. 1-5 p.m. open to the public for general target shooting on
second and fourth Sundays of the
month. Classes in firearms safety
and most events open to the public.
Good God Questions – Zion
Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave.
9:15 a.m. Every Sun. Free. Info:
Ethnic Quilts – Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St. Showcases
a variety of ethnic, southwest Rockford, and Civil War circa quilts. Thru
Sept. 30. Sponsored by Northern
Illinois Quilt Fest. Admission: $5/
family, $3/ individual, $2/student.
Info: 815-962-7402.
Huntington’s Disease Support Group
– OSF St. Anthony Medical Center,
St. Anthony & St. Joseph Rooms,
5666 E. State St. 2-4 p.m. Info:
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice
Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150
N. Perryville Road. Info: 815-9694069.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs.
Joliet Slammers – Road Ranger
Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd.,
Loves Park. 6 p.m. $5-$15. Info:
Monday, Sept. 5
Labor Day Program: Dan Kenney &
Friends – JustGoods Fair Trade,
201 Seventh St. 7 p.m. Coffee Talk
by coordinator of the DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace & Justice.
Panel includes John Laesch, former
congressional candidate and cofounder of Northern Illinois Jobs
with Justice; Dave Rathke with Illinois Education Association; and
Rose Feurer, NIU labor history professor. Info: 815-964-7111.
Kids Club – Rockford Public Library,
Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 W.
Jefferson St. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages
6-12. Registration is required. Info:
Infant/Toddler CPR Class – OSF Saint
Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E.
State St. 7-9 p.m. $12.50/person.
or free for those who attend “Baby
101” or Baby Express. Info: 815227-2695.
Chocolate City Nightlife – Bar 3, 326
E. State St. 9 p.m. Every Mon. Info:
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice
Arena & Sapora Playworld, 4150
N. Perryville Road. Info: 815-9694069.
Rockford Ostomy Support Group –
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center,
5666 E. State St. 7:30 p.m. Info:
Point Man Ministries – Firstborn Ministries Church, 8213 N. Alpine
Road. 6:30 p.m. Veterans meet for
fellowship and prayer every Monday. Info: 815-742-1993.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Farmers’ Market – Verdi Club, 782
N. Madison St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Every
Tuesday thru Sept. 27. Info: 815968-8119.
“Baby 101” – OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Foundation Room, 5666
E. State St. 7 p.m. Class for expectant parents. Fee: $35 if baby is
delivered at OSF St. Anthony, $60 if
baby is delivered elsewhere. Registration, preferably by 4th or 5th
month, is required. Info: 815-2272695.
“First and Third” Open Art Studio –
Rockford Public Library, Main Library Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman
St. 4-7 p.m. All ages. Info: 815-9657606.
Hispanic Author Celebration – Rockford Public Library, East Branch
Children’s Area, 6685 E. State St.
6:30-7:15 p.m. All ages. Info: 815965-7606.
Senior Computer Q&A – Rockford
Public Library, Main Library, second-floor computer room, 215 N.
Wyman St. 1-3 p.m. Ages 55 and
older. Info: 815-965-7606.
Teen ‘Scape – Rockford Public Library,
Rock River Branch, 3128 N. Rockton
Ave. 4-5:30 p.m. Ages 10-19. Play
games on Wii or Playstation, surf
the Internet, play board games. Info:
Edgar Cayce A.R.E Holistic & Spiritual
Study Group – 1615 River Bluff
Blvd. Every other Tues. 7-8:30 p.m.
Info: 815-234-2394.
Family Skate – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena
& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N.
Perryville Road, Loves Park. 8 p.m.
Info: 815-969-4069.
Adult Grief Support Group – Beloit
Regional Hospice Office, 655 Third
St., Suite 200, Beloit, Wis. 6-7:30
p.m. Info: 608-363-7421.
Kundalini Yoga – Lazy Dog Yoga Studio, 5428 Williams Drive, Roscoe.
7:30 a.m. Info: 970-485-0249.
Public Skating – Riverview Ice
House, 324 N. Madison St. Info:
Public Skating – Carlson Arctic Ice Arena
& Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville
Road. Info: 815-969-4069.
Family Story Hour – Rockford Public
Library, Rock River Branch, 3128
11th St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. All ages.
Info: 815-965-7606.
“Get Fit After 50 ... Safely” – Rock
Valley College, Physical Education
Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road. Info:
Northwest Illinois Audubon Society
Meeting – Oakdale Nature Preserve Lodge, 3 miles south of
Freeport, off Baileyville Road. 6 p.m.
Lucas Bradley of Rockford Park
District’s Environmental Recreation & Education Dept. will present
“Atwood Center’s Birds of Prey.”
Live bird program. Bring a dish to
pass and table service for potluck.
Beverages provided.
Spectrum of Rockford LGBTQA – Harmony Center, 6625 N. Second St.,
Loves Park. Teen Drop-In, 4-6 p.m.
Young Adult Meet & Greet, 5-7 p.m.
Gay Men’s Group, 7-8:30 p.m.
Transgender Group, 8:30-10 p.m.
Cost/Info: 815-639-0312.
Sunset Storytime – Rockford Public
Library, East Branch, Children’s Area,
6685 E. State St. 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Info: 815-965-7606.
Baseball: Rockford RiverHawks vs.
Traverse City Beach Bums – Road
Ranger Stadium, 4503 Interstate
Blvd., Loves Park. 7 p.m. $5-$15.
Info: 815-885-2255.
Please have your free listing in to The
Rock River Times the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication.
Call (815) 964-9767 to report any
inaccuracies in these calendars.
10 B
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
The Rock River Times
BISTRO 108: Locally-owned restaurant with
amazing homemade food and good prices
Reader Review
Editor’s note: I met Matt Marinaro,
owner of M Technologies, Inc., a few
months back, and he said he’d like to
write about a great new restaurant he
went to recently. I said, “Go ahead, send it
in to [email protected]” He
did, and we are happy to print a review by
one of our readers. So much so, we invite
our readers to send in a review of their
favorite restaurant with pictures and a
caption, identifying people from left to
right. The Rock River Times truly strives
to be the voice of the community. We cannot guarentee we will print all submissions, but we will enjoy reading them. We
look forward to hearing from you. — Frank
Schier, editor and publisher
By Matthew J. Marinaro
Owner, M Technologies Inc.
My fiancée and I had dinner at BISTRO
108, 6164 E. Riverside Blvd., in Loves Park
the other night and had an array of appetizers and two main courses.
The atmosphere is quaint. You can dress
up or down. I saw people in sportcoats
where others were wearing jeans with baseball caps.
We started the night off with our first
appetizer, cheese sticks. I wanted to start
with this one first because normally I would
never think of ever ordering a cheese stick.
But in the case of BISTRO 108, I will order
again and again. They are made there with
a fresh-smoked mozzarella and breaded.
Flavor was amazing. It took a minute for the
smokiness to hit my palette, but when it did,
fantastic! It also comes with a dipping sauce.
Who knew someone would reinvent the
cheese stick?
The next appetizer to come out was a
spring roll, which is out of this world. The
spring roll was light and crispy, with the
freshest ingredients. When the spring roll
came out, it was hot and ready to eat.
The last appetizer we tried was the
bruschetta. Nicely toasted bread with fresh
basil and finely chopped tomatoes with freshly
sprinkled parmesan. It was nicely seasoned,
with a light vinaigrette undertone.
For the main course, I had the rigatoni
with vodka sauce. It was piping hot; noodles
were cooked to perfection and had two nicesized meatballs. I normally do not order
anything to do with spaghetti at a restaurant because I like making it at home from
scratch as well. It was everything a vodka
sauce should be and more. It was not heavy
and thick, like I have had in the past. The
sauce was light, with just a little bit of
richness. I have to say it was wonderful.
My fiancée ordered the 12-ounce steak
with blue cheese and basil sauce. I have
never found myself to be a blue cheese fan,
but every time she offered a piece, I could
not resist. She thought it was great as well.
One more thing about the steak ... I met the
owner, and he said they make sure it is aged
Photo provided
BISTRO 108 GRAND OPENING/RIBBON CUTTING, AUG. 3, 2011: (from left) Allen Godin (Northwest Bank),
Tom Seeling (co-owner BISTRO 108), (behind Tom is Dennis Barker, a friend), Mayor of Loves Park Darryl
Lindberg, Jennie Scott Braun (co-owner BISTRO 108), (behind Jennie is Kyle Wadleigh, chef of BISTRO 108),
Diana Johnson (executive director of the Loves Park Chamber),behind Diana is Sam Felker (BISTRO 108
staff) and Bryan Orvis (Edward Jones).
properly so every cut comes out perfect.
Quality control is a plus when I go out
because when I reorder a particular dish, I
want it to taste the same every time. Both
entrées were done to perfection.
I would recommend this to all for lunch and
dinner. There is something for everybody.
PS: Went back for lunch and had the ham-
burger and had their homemade fries, WOW.
Awesome to see someone actually still cares
about fresh, delicious food. If you think that
the hamburger is too big of a portion, they
have smaller versions called sliders.
Visit soon, and support BISTRO 108. Call
for resevations at (815) 977-5611, or stop by
6164 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park.
On the Waterfront festival set for Sept. 1-4
! Continued from page B1
1:30-2:45 p.m. — Rockford Area Music Industry Youth Charity Jam artists Daybreak, The Sasparillas, Bloom
3:30-5:30 p.m. — Guzzardo’s Emerging
Artist Contest Finals: Xen, Bloom, King
of Demons
6-7 p.m. — Guzzardo’s Emerging Artist
7:45-9:15 p.m. — Poets Dance
10-11:30 p.m. — Pop Evil
Sunday, Sept. 4
Great Lawn Stage
7-8:15 p.m. — Finding Clyde
9-10:30 p.m. — Stone Temple Pilots
Left Bank Stage
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Rock Valley College
with After Five Jazz Trio
1:45-3:15 p.m. — Tracy Silverman
4-5:30 p.m. — Dean Moriarty Jazz Band
6:15-7:45 p.m. — Hamilton Loomis
8:30-10:45 p.m. — Here Come the Mummies
Center Stage
Noon-1:30 p.m. — $10M Celebration
2:15-3:45 p.m. — County Line
4:30-6 p.m. — Smokin’ Gunz
6:45-8:15 p.m. — Dirt Drifters
9-10:30 p.m. — LoCash Cowboys and Band
Oasis Stage
Noon-1:30 p.m. — Missing Links
2:15-3:45 p.m. — Too Deep
4:30-6 p.m. — Kashmir: The Led Zeppelin Show
6:45-8:15 p.m. — Hot Rocks: Rolling
Stones tribute
9-10:30 p.m. — 1964 The Tribute: Beatles
Street performers
Street performers Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 3-4, will include Rockford Rebels AllStar Cheerleading (1-4 p.m., both days);
Dean Franzen, Dean of Juggling; What’s
Up Juggling (Sunday only); Statue of Liberty; Jolly Giants, stilt walkers; The Magic
of Brian Holt. (Note: All street performers
perform 1 p.m.-dusk, Saturday and Sunday, unless otherwise noted above.)
Kids’ Court Stage
(Note: The Kids’ Court Stage is at the
corner of North Wyman and Elm streets)
Saturday, Sept. 3
Noon-12:45 p.m. — Children’s Theater Project
1-1:45 p.m. — Evolve Dance Company
2-2:30 p.m. — Shine and the Moonbeams
3-3:45 p.m. — The Happiness Club
4-4:45 p.m. — Shine and the Moonbeams
5-5:45 p.m. — The Happiness Club
Sunday, Sept. 4
Noon-12:45 p.m. — Little Nashville
1-1:45 p.m. — Evolve Dance Company
2-2:45 p.m. — Children’s Theater Project
3-3:45 p.m. — Little Nashville
4-4:45 p.m. — Poochamungas
5-5:45 p.m. — Super Stolie
OTW Film Festival
The OTW Film Festival will be held during OTW Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4,
at the New Sullivan Theater, inside the
Waterfront festival grounds. Admission to
Giant Slide beckon your inner child to come
out and play.
Midway Madness
From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 3-4, all carnival rides and
inflatable activities are just two tickets, or
$1.50 per ride.
Hole in One
Tee up at the OTW Hole in One ShootOut. Once again in 2011, prizes will be
awarded for winners older and younger
than 18, as well as to anyone whose ball
lands on the green. Tee up at the Oasis
Stage, and aim for the green located on a
pontoon floating in the Rock River. Open
to all amateur golfers all festival hours
until dark.
ComEd Kids’ Castle
Photo provided
Country music star Josh Turner headlines On the
Waterfront’s Great Lawn Stage Saturday, Sept. 3.
the film festival is included with admittance
to OTW.
Filmmakers whose work will be shown
include Tim Stotz, Travis Legge, Jake
Skiba, Wyatt Elliot, Colin Clarke, Nick
Czurylo, Tom Doherty, Stephen Folker,
Daniel John Harris, Terrence Jones, Thomas E. Mann, Tom Radovich, Eric Smigiel
and James Tracy.
Saturday will feature the Best of the
Mosaic Student Film Festival, special sneak
peeks and Q&A with the makers of regionally-produced feature films Eros Ink and
The Darkening. Sunday will feature an
afternoon “audience pick” vote and an
evening session featuring this year’s prizewinning submissions.
Be sure to stop in the lobby of the New
Sullivan Theater to sign up for First
Northern’s free raffle, and you could win “A
Night Out in Chicago”-themed basket that
includes a $250 First Northern Credit Union
Visa Gift Card.
Live street painting by Laurence Barr
and Joseph Stanley Goral will be performed
outside the theater. Viewer discretion is
advised as films may contain strong language/adult themes.
Carnival rides produced by Skinners
Amusements, Inc., will be offered near
Riverview Park, between Water and Madison streets near the Jefferson Street bridge.
Adventure Alley
Once again in 2011, inflatables will be
available for the kid in all of us. An interesting array including the Bungee Pull and the
The festival’s most popular children’s attraction will return in 2011. Children younger
than 12 can take part in more than 30
interactive and make-and-take activities.
Watch Billy the Balloon Guy twist balloons into your favorite toy or animal. Play
bingo with the other kids, learn to mini-putt
and create a masterpiece with stamp art.
Don’t forget to listen to all the fascinating
stories read by the Rockford Public Library
team, and enjoy entertainment on the Kids’
Court Stage with performances during Kids’
Castle hours.
The Kids’ Castle is in the Wyman and
Elm Street parking deck and is open Saturday and Sunday from festival open until 6 pm. Activities will be provided by
several Rockford businesses and organizations. The Kids’ Castle is a smoke-free
and alcohol-free environment.
Waterfront 5K
Race along the Rock River in the 18th
annual Waterfront 5K. Check-in begins Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., with the race
beginning at 8 a.m. Cash prizes will be
awarded to the top three male and female
runners in the 5K race, as well as the top
male and female “master” runners. Call
(815) 964-4388 with questions.
Kids’ 1/4-Mile Fun Run
Immediately following the Waterfront 5K
at the Trolley Station near the Riverview
Ice House is the Kids’ 1/4-Mile Fun Run.
Free registration is from 8:15 a.m. to 8:50
a.m. the day of the race at the Trolley
Station. Race starts at 9 a.m.
Rockford Chariots Wheelchair
Established in 1986, the Rockford Chariots Wheelchair Athletic Association works
to provide programs for developing the athletic potential of individuals with lower limb
impairments. These gifted athletes compete against local celebrities and city officials in a long-standing and friendly rivalry
that goes back many years. Exhibition games
are Saturday and Sunday.
Winnovation, Winnebago’s High School
Robotics Team, invites you to see Robotics
in action Saturday, Sept. 3.
Hot Air Balloon Fly Over
At approximately 6 p.m., Saturday,
Sept. 5, this event is visible from anywhere in the festival. See several brightlycolored hot air balloons soar overhead
Saturday evening.
Urban Street Market
Shop the weekend away at this unique
collection of outdoor vendors. The Urban
Street Market is filled with colorful booths
overflowing with art, jewelry, clothing, carvings and other rare finds from exotic locales
from all over the world.
Bright Stars Celebration
The 10th Annual Bright Stars Celebration will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3,
on the Left Bank Stage. The Bright Stars
Celebration honors eighth-grade students
in the Rockford area who have achieved
honor-roll status during each quarter of the
2010-2011 academic year.
Food and beverage
With more than 30 food vendors throughout the festival, there’s sure to be something to tempt your tastebuds! In fact, the
plethora of festival treats is one of the top
reasons people make OTW part of their
Labor Day plans.
Following is a sampling of the food that’s
available: Chinese food from Panda Express, corn on the cob, Italian beef sandwiches, nachos, hot dogs, pizza by the
slice, hot wings, hamburgers, fried cheese
curds, barbecued pulled pork sandwiches,
hot turkey and cheese sandwiches, raspberry lemonade, bratwursts, funnel cakes,
curly fries, corn dogs, gyros, Italian sausages, Western sausages, tacos, apple fritters, caramel apple sundaes, elephant ears,
Polish sausages, popcorn, steak sandwiches, marinated mushrooms, chili dogs,
chicken pad thai, chicken-fried rice, crab
rangoon, butterfly pork chop sandwiches,
chicken nuggets, toasted ravioli, meatball
sandwich, ice cream, frozen bananas, turkey legs, gumbo, pretzels, cotton candy
and fried bananas.
Pepsi, the Official Soft Drink of On the
Waterfront, has booths throughout the
festival where you can purchase soft
drinks, juice and water. Beer tents are
also located in many of the stage venues
where you can buy a cold beer or other
alcoholic beverages, including a variety of
wines. Each music venue has a variety of
food and beverage booths.
All of the Pepsi booths and beer tents
are staffed by local not-for-profit organizations. Purchase food and beverages with
50-cent tickets, which are available
throughout the festival grounds at OTW
ticket booths, which are also staffed by
local not-for-profit organizations.
Since 1986, area not-for-profit groups have
raised $9.9 million at OTW. By purchasing
tickets, food and beverages, you are supporting volunteering not-for-profit partners.
The Rock River Times
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A poem perfect
for summer
Literary Hook
By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
This is the time of summer for fruition
and harvest. Gardens are blooming in their
fullest. Since Rockford is a city of gardens, it
seemed to me a garden poem might be
appropriate this time of year.
I have been a passionate gardener for a
couple of decades now. Like most gardeners, the process has been trial and error.
Eventually, I began to understand how and
why some plants flourish and others don’t,
even if I follow directions for their care.
The garden is a place of magic, mystique,
mystery and spiritual significance. Genesis
begins with a garden paradise. St. Francis
cultivated a garden with birds. Some of us
have the collective notion that, as Joni
Mitchell once sang, “And we’ve got to get
ourselves back to the garden.” People go on
garden pilgrimages near and far.
Now, as the green movement gains momentum, more people try to care for the earth
and the garden. All over Rockford, you see
delightful gardens of every sort. People have
reached a critical mass in this country regarding stewardship of the earth. Though I wrote
this sonnet several years ago, when I looked at
it today, I thought it applied to our current
“green” state of affairs. It is a spiritual poem,
as well as a green poem. I hope it works on
several levels, and that you might bring some
experience to the poem. Despite what wellmeaning English teachers may have taught
you, it is OK to interpret the poem as you wish.
Art, after all, is a shared experience.
Wisdom’s Wild Fruition ...
Because the price of wisdom is so high …
Like trumpet vines in wild fruition,
Wisdom tangles and spirals towards the sky
And cannot be controlled. Come, completion
Of roots, bulbs, and seeds. Flowers and trees
Become. Deep within the soil grow.
Essence of red roses in summer’s breeze.
Yet inward, wisdom to the rich river
Goes, nourished by the inland sea’s fresh flow.
Then the receiver becomes the giver.
The price of wisdom is so high because
Paradise is a garden returned to
Bruised, where only mercy and nature’s laws
Inform the open heart. Red nose renew.
Christine Swanberg has published
about 300 poems in 70 journals and anthologies. Her books include Who Walks
Among the Trees with Charity (Wind
Publishing, Kentucky), The Red Lacquer
Room (Chiron Publishing, Kansas), The
Tenderness of Memory (Plainview Press,
Texas), Slow Miracle (Lakeshore Publishing, Illinois), Invisible String (Erie St.,
Illinois), Bread Upon the Waters (Windfall, Wisconsin) and Tonight on this Late
Road (Erie St., Ill.).
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Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
The Rock River Times
he Burpee Museum offers you the perfect place to hold your next
event, business meeting, wedding or reception. We have rooms to
accommodate any size event including the opportunity to rent the entire
museum as a back drop for up to 1500 guests. Our new Riverview Room
and Patio are now open and are perfect for any event and offer beautiful
views of the River.
We are located on the beautiful Rock River in the heart of downtown
Rockford. Burpee Museum is easily accessible from all neighboring
communities including Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee.
Please visit: to download an application
or call 815-965-3433 for more information.
Burpee Museum
737 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
The Rock River Times
Additional VOC well
samples to be taken after
second town hall meeting
By Richard S. Gubbe
Contributing Writer
In the days following the town hall meeting to discuss options for residents who may
have tainted wells containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on Rockford’s west
side, the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) has acquired one sample
from a private well and plans to meet this
week to discuss further testing for VOCs.
Residents in and around the affected area
west of Central Avenue and north of Auburn
Street, where volatile organic compounds
have been found in well water, came to the
meeting last Aug. 23 at Northwest Community Center in search of answers as to what to
do about their homes and their health.
Sue Fuller, public information officer for
the WCHD, said she could not release details
of the private well that was tested last week.
“That’s confidential information,” she said,
adding the officials will meet to “map out”
plans this week for further testing of VOCs.
The public informational gathering held by
city, county and state officials provided details
of the results of water samples taken at 20
homes in early August after two homes in July
were found to contain excessively high levels
of components that make up gasoline.
After Todd Marshall of the WCHD described
how the samples were taken and the timeline
surrounding the testing, residents were allowed to ask questions about what the future
holds for them as homeowners and renters.
Marshall said the most recent test results
have shown a decrease of 70 percent in the
number of parts per billion of VOCs found in
the well water at the first two homes analyzed at state-approved labs of the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency. This area
includes homes north of Auburn that include
the streets of Alliance, Soper and Johnston
avenues and end at Parkside to the north.
That news wasn’t comforting to most of
the 25 in attendance, who came to relay
both their health concerns, health issues
and financial dilemmas they face.
While county officials are focused on the
current testing, many residents say they
have experienced problems for the past two
and three years.
While the cause, or causes, of the tainted
water were bandied about, residents also were
told of the solutions — filtering their well
water or connecting to the city’s water supply
and closing off their wells permanently.
Emmit Capes of 1214 Soper connected to
city water after his water tested with high
amount of nitrites in January 2010. He said
the WCHD tested his water two years ago
and found no VOCs.
“My two granddaughters had sores on their
arms,” Capes said of why he connected to the
City of Rockford water system. “Putting chlorine in the well didn’t solve the problem.”
The nitrites, officials say, stem from fertilizer runoff. The cost to connect to city
water and to seal off his well came to more
than $2,600, but he added pressure of city
water, he said, caused damage to his home.
“The pressure from city water ruined my
pipes,” Capes said.
Marshall said none of the most recent 20
homes surveyed from samples taken by the
Illinois Department of Health showed any
VOCs in the area west of Johnston Avenue.
Marshall said 22 total samples were tested
and VOCs were found in four of them, but
only two were found to be over the accepted
limit set by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). He said the re-testing of
wells occurred Aug. 4.
The WCHD issued a statement that read,
“The home with the highest level of VOCs was
resampled and the concentration found was
70 percent lower, indicating a possible decline
in the VOCs in the area groundwater.”
Marshall said all tests were conducted at
one EPA-certified lab.
“We took two samples (from the same
well) two weeks apart,” Marshall said.
HIPPA laws prohibit revealing which addresses were tested.
Marshall said the two solutions involved
city water connection or the installation of a
carbon filter in the home.
Because the area is outside city limits,
citizens in that area who hook up to city
water will pay double for their water.
No determination has been made about
where the substances common in gasoline —
benzene, toluene and xylene — came from.
“We don’t know the source,” Marshall said.
Illinois Department of Public Health official Mike Bacon said of the early findings:
“We think it’s flowing north to northwest.
We hope we can pin it down, but we don’t
know for sure.”
Roger Hare, at 1316 N. Johnston, said he
has been suffering from the effects of his
well water for years.
“All you people here are going to be sick,”
Hare warned the crowd.
Bacon said, “The illnesses may or may not
be related to environmental pollution.” Bacon
encouraged residents to get “age-appropriate
screenings.” He added that “eating well and
proper exercise will have more to do with
better health than anything we’ve said here.”
Another resident noted during the question-and-answer period that “my water has
been doing this for nine years and chlorine
doesn’t work.” She said she lived on Parkside
and added “my clothes smell” after doing
her laundry.
County Board Member Angie Goral encouraged residents, particularly households with
pregnant women, to get their water tested by
bringing samples to the county twice a year for
$29 each. She admitted after the formal presentation that those tests don’t include screenings for VOCs, only nitrite levels from fertilizer
and pesticide levels, along with bacteria levels.
VOC screening panels cost upward of $300 and
don’t include all toxic substances that can be
found in well water, such as lead.
New athletic policy: Failure on Demand
Guest Column
By Tim Hughes
The Rockford Board of Education recently announced that sports are more
important than education. What other conclusion can one draw from its new athletic
eligibility policy code name “Failure on
Demand,” which allows students to fail
subjects needed for graduation while continuing to play sports?
The Register Star scratched its editorial
head trying to decide whether such a policy
was a good idea, then announced it was not
retreating from its core principle while
sounding retreat from its core principle by
endorsing Failure on Demand.
Sports columnist Matt Trowbridge and
Rockford Next blogger Vern Hilton praised
Failure on Demand. Hilton, no doubt unwit-
tingly, was using the same language used
several years ago in a Register Star column
to promote the now-discredited 2.00 grade
average. You know the old line (no pun
intended) about bait and hook. With this
kind of bait, is it any wonder so many kids
are left dangling from the hook of limited
lifelong opportunities because they didn’t
have to worry about boring old math and
English stuff, thanks to Failure on Demand? Hilton tells us he’s been screaming
that it’s about the kids. You would think
he’d be screaming it’s about the kids’ education. Trowbridge eagerly tells us that it took
less than 24 hours to assemble the coaches
and inform them of the new policy. I submit
it would have taken less than 24 seconds to
clear the room had the new athletic directors proposed a policy which actually works.
And what exactly is the policy that would
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Correction on 16th ‘Honor the Mounds’ article
In the article about the 16th Annual “Honor
the Mounds” Gathering (Aug. 17-23, 2011),
it was stated that Mac and Juanita MacVenn
were founders of the Native American Awareness Committee. The Burpee Museum people,
including retired member Lynda Johnson
and Beverly De Marco, as well as some
others, were involved in forming the committee as a nonprofit organization. The
MacVenns joined years later and have con-
tinued to promote the Mounds event. Lynda
Johnson has actively promoted Native American beadwork and had several workshops
dealing with Native American crafts. The
Burpee Museum has also hosted Native
American Days with workshops, face painting, storytelling, etc.
Thanks to Beverly DeMarco for clarifying
the origin of the group. The Rock River
Times regrets the error.
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
The Rock River Times
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
Free trade, not unions, has
damaged the job market
Guest Column
By John Stassi
In his Guest Column (“Unions need to
sacrifice, too” — Aug. 3), State Rep. Jim
Sacia suggests that because labor unions
are “out of control,” compensation for Illinois state government workers has far outstripped that for private sector workers.
His analysis, however, neglects to account for the suppression of wages in the
private sector that is the consequence of socalled “free trade.”
Free trade forces private sector workers in
our prosperous democracy to compete with
poorer workers in developing countries where
prevailing wages barely sustain them and
where their right to form unions, their workplace health and safety, their nation’s environment, and even their inalienable human
rights are not protected by law.
For example, let’s look at what used to be
a major industry in Rockford, the furniture
business. Furniture workers in China earn
about $170/month, and those in Vietnam,
less than $80/month. Americans who still
have jobs in this dying industry earn about
$12/hour. As a result of this uneven playing
field that is an inescapable consequence of
“free trade”, imported bedroom furniture
now accounts for about 70 percent of the
U.S. market for those products.A
This catastrophe for American workers is
neither limited nor recent. Since 2000, when
Republicans like our Congressman Don
Manzullo joined with Democrats like President Bill Clinton to throw open access to our
marketplace to goods manufactured in Communist China and other totalitarian countries, the U.S. manufacturing sector has
lost a third of its workers, down from 17.3
million in 1999 to 11.7 million in June 2010,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.B
So, indeed, let’s talk about sharing that
sacrifice that U.S. private sector workers
have been forced to make by what I call free
trade treason.
State Rep. Jim Sacia earns $67,836/year
plus $139 for every day that the state legislature is in session. State legislators in Nebraska earn $12,000/year plus $39 to $109
per session per day, depending on how far
they live from the state capital.C Would Rep.
Sacia care to “give a little” by sponsoring
legislation to reduce his salary to that level?
Don’t legislators need to sacrifice, too?
But let’s not stop there. I’m sure there are
many bright, talented young people in Latin
America, Africa and Asia who could be
trained to do government sector jobs in
Illinois and who would be happy to work at
those jobs for a fraction of the salaries currently paid to those now working them. And
when they get good enough at that sort of
work, we can employ them to do Rep. Sacia’s
job for even greater savings.
The free working people of the USA have
a problem, but it has nothing to do with
unions. They have been betrayed by an outof-control two-party tyranny.
In return for billions of dollars in legalized
bribes from greedy corporations and in the
name of “free trade”, our Republicans and
Democrats have entered American private
sector workers into a “race to the bottom” with
low-wage foreign workers, none of whom will
ever win anything except ever lower wages.
Now, Republicans like Rep. Jim Sacia
(89-R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)
and Democrats like Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
(D) would like to extend that wage suppression therapy to government workers and
use the savings that result to fund tax
breaks for their corporate sweethearts.
When you consider their shared contempt
for the well-being of American working
people, you can only conclude that Ralph
Nader had it right. There isn’t a dime’s
worth of difference between the Democrats
and the Republicans.
Until American workers abandon their
irrational devotion to the two-party system,
they will continue to get nothing more out of
that corrupt system than the “sacrifice”
that Rep. Sacia would like to impose upon
them: lost jobs and low wages. And they will
deserve it.
A — “Chinese make a run around U.S. tariffs,” by Andrew Higgins, Washington Post, May
24, 2011
B — “Democrats turn to Manufacturing
for Jobs,” by Lori Montgomery and Brady
Dennis, Washington Post, Aug. 4, 2010
C — 2010 Legislator Compensation Data,
John Stassi is a native Rockfordian who
believes in liberty and justice for all.
New athletic policy: Failure on Demand
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have coaches tripping over each other in their
rush to the door? A no fail policy which, simply
stated, requires athletes to be passing all their
classes to be eligible for sports. Such a policy
was in effect in 1983, and I’ll never forget
when the first report cards of the year were
handed out — the whoops and yelps and looks
of astonishment on athletes’ faces upon seeing
those report cards and realizing they had not
only passed every subject, many made honor
roll for the first time as well. A no fail policy has
the advantage, too, of keeping students on
track for graduation, since most dropouts
result from falling so far behind in earned
credits, there is no hope of graduating on time.
Unlike Failure on Demand, when the athletic
season is over but the semester isn’t, students
can go back to shooting paper wads in class
instead of working to pass for the semester, so
they can have the prospect of one day shooting
baskets in a championship game!
The coaches vehemently opposed the no
fail policy and couldn’t get rid of it fast
enough. Why? Because during its time, there
was a handful of situations in which a team
had to forfeit a game due to ineligibility, but
it never happened twice in the same school,
creating, if nothing else, an object lesson for
athletes. The academic gains for athletes
more than offset the occasional forfeits. Being under Friday night lights, however, is
more important to some coaches, even if it
means unplugging the lights on an educated
future for their athletes. That is why it is so
hypocritical to imply that those coaches have
only the interest of their athletes at heart.
Fielding a team at all cost takes precedence.
And what are we really talking about
when using the word “athlete” in this con-
text? We’re talking about black athletes, so
let me tell you about a black athlete from
Auburn High School who didn’t hear his
name called out at a sports pep assembly,
even in the face of a spontaneously-gathered
student petition to have him recognized for
the athletic goal he was pursuing. The coaches
didn’t have time for that kid’s athletic dreams,
but it didn’t deter him. As a result, he did
hear his name called out. Not, of course, at
one of those “Whoop ‘em up, rip ‘em up: We’re
gonna smear ‘em” pep assemblies on which
coaches thrive and which serve little purpose
other than taking away from classroom academics. No. He heard his name called out in
the rarified air of supreme athletic achievement as winner of an Olympic medal.
His is a prime example of why we
shouldn’t trivialize black potential by insisting we have to make allowances for
black athletes. The new Failure on Demand policy makes things convenient for
coaches and serves no other purpose. The
Register Star may think that by lowering
standards, you in some screwy way inspire
students and light a fire, but the only thing
that gets lit with that kind of reasoning is a
firestorm of functional illiteracy! The Board
of Education may be pleased as punch with
the way things are going, but far from
signaling the dawn of a new day, the new
Failure on Demand athletic eligibility
policy simply guarantees that in District
205, the sun never sets on the soft bigotry
of low expectations.
Tim Hughes is a former teacher in Rockford
School District 205 who coached debate and
taught English at Auburn High School for 20
years. At Auburn, he coached three debate
teams to first-place national championships.
Leadership blinders
The leadership of Rockford and Winnebago
County is pushing hard for a casino in Rockford. They have enlisted the support of several groups and are now trying to convince
Governor Pat Quinn that everyone in Rockford is “all in.” This is far from the truth.
Many organizations and churches are not in
favor of a Rockford casino.
The truth is that because Rockford has a
deplorable economic development effort, our
leaders will jump at anything that spells
minimum-wage jobs without ever considering the consequences. The United States
International Gambling Report says “casinos siphon money away from economies
struggling to rebound, and saddle taxpayers with hefty, ongoing costs to battle crime
and other social problems that gambling
spawns.” This report confirms that legalized gambling cost taxpayers at least $3 for
every dollar of theoretical benefits. “If you
are dumping money into the slots, you are
not spending money on cars, computers,
refrigerators or education.”
If as much effort were devoted to luring
well-paying manufacturing jobs to Rockford as attracting a casino, Rockford could
again prosper. Rockford has enough problems that our leaders cannot seem to deal
with; let’s not invite more with a casino.
Rolland W. Westra
Dallas firefighters give thanks for article
about fallen Dallas firefighter and his son
Editor’s note: The following letters were
sent to Sports Columnist Doug Halberstadt
in response to his Aug. 24-30 article, “Son of
fallen firefighter to throw ceremonial first
pitch for Texas Rangers.”
Thank you for taking the time to write
about Lt. [Todd] Krodle’s son (Cade) throwing out the first pitch at the Rangers game.
The toughest part of this job is knowing
that I may leave my two boys without a
father. Cade is going through something
that no child should ever have to go through.
I pray that this event shows the respect that
his daddy deserves.
Thank you again.
Steve Lopez, Captain
Dallas Fire Department
Special Operations
Grand Prairie, Texas
Mr. Halberstadt,
This is the first time I have ever written to
a columnist about one of their columns. I am
a Dallas firefighter and paramedic, and I was
touched by your column. I want to thank you
for the piece you wrote on Cade Krodle and
what happened to his father, Lt. Todd Krodle.
I never had the pleasure of meeting and
working with Cade’s father, but I understand he was a wonderful person and a great
father. His loss has certainly been a tragedy
to his family, our department and the community; and although nothing can replace
him, the outpouring of concern and care from
everyone hopefully will comfort his family in
some small way. Firefighters are considered
by many to be heroes, but our wives and kids
are really the heroes. They sacrifice so much.
They are the ones that have to watch us walk
out the door each shift, knowing in the back
of their minds that there is the chance that
we might not come home. Fortunately for
uestion of
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most of us, that is rarely the case. Unfortunately for the Krodles, this time it was the
case. Hopefully, this event will bring his son
some comfort. Thank you for covering this.
Jon Edman
Dallas Fire Rescue
Little Elm, Texas
On behalf of the Dallas Fire Fighters
Association, I would like to thank you for
writing about Cade Krodle throwing out the
first pitch at the Rangers game last night.
It was a great article, which I was proud to
provide a link to on our website.
I wanted to provide you a link to the story
that was done by our local CBS station for
your viewing pleasure: http://
The untimely death of Lt. Todd Krodle is
a tragic story, and unfortunately, there is
nothing we can do to bring him back. What
we can do, and what our focus has been, is to
take care of and support his family. Most
especially, his two young children.
Thank you for being a part of that and
telling Cade’s story.
Doug Dickerson, Vice President
Dallas Fire Fighters Association
Senior Citizen Memorial Hall Dance
We are still smiling and can’t stop talking
about the wonderful time we and a couple
hundred other seniors had last Sunday, Aug.
21, at Veterans’ Memorial Hall when the Bill
Engberg Orchestra played their famous ballroom music “one last time.” We are so grateful the 90-year-old longtime band member,
Vito D’Angelo, suggested this happen and for
the dogged efforts of John Russell, of WTPB,
to find a place where it could happen.
Scott Lewandowski, manager of Veterans’ Memorial Hall, is to be commended for
providing such a wonderful venue for a
dance. He certainly generated a lot of good
will and exposure for his hall as the turnout
of seniors was tremendous. Sunday, from 2
until 5 p.m. is ideal for seniors, and it would
be great if somehow it could be repeated and
turned into a paying proposition. Certainly,
the interest in ballroom music is there, both
for the dancers and the listeners.
Mark Rose, Rock Valley College band
director, did an outstanding job leading the
orchestra, highlighting each of the players,
and every one of them was top-notch. Angie
Fellows, coordinator of Rockford’s Senior
Follies, who agreed to be vocalist for the
afternoon, added just the right touch of
nostalgia. They were such a professional
orchestra, and we are so grateful to them for
agreeing to play. We just can’t believe they
were any better in the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s.
Both Rose and Russell provided a friendly
commentary and atmosphere to make everyone feel welcome and included. It was
billed as a “no frills event,” but it is one that
we will long remember and continue to wish
that somehow it could be repeated again ...
and again.
OK, how about just one more time?
Lois Robinson
Elton Miller
Vote at
Should the City of Rockford outsource its parking system?
Are you glad the USDA has begun to mandate healthier, lower
calorie school lunches?
Yes 79% [23 votes]
No 21% [6 votes]
First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Protester: Open Meetings Act violated Winnebago County Treasurer’s Office
at ZBA meeting on asphalt plant
open until 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2
The Rock River Times
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to let the board know we could not hear the
testimony presented. Amazingly, no microphones or PA were used in the crowded
meeting, with more than 60 people crammed
into an unairconditioned room. The
petitioner’s paid witnesses talked in a lower
octave, mostly directly facing the board,
making it difficult to hear all that was said
in testimony from the various witnesses.
Once the petitioner had finished presenting his case, the questioning of the
petitioner’s witnesses began. The questioning of the witnesses was confusing to the
opposition, as at times two witnesses were
answering questions at a time, then it was
one witness at a time. And throughout, the
lawyer for the petitioner, Ross-Shannon,
interrupted opposition questions and directly confronted the opposition, not the
chairman, to make statements challenging
the questions and the opposition resident
asking the question. At no time did Chairman Erickson remind the petitioner to address the chairman directly, not the opposition, or reprimand him for his conduct.
Chairman Erickson, however, did reprimand the opposition for the way we were
reading off our names and addresses, apparently too quickly for the chairman and
the court recorder (paid for by William
Charles), before beginning to ask questions
of the petitioner’s witnesses.
Additionally, Chairman Erickson challenged the opposition many times, interrupting an opposition resident, before they
finished asking a question about whether a
question was being asked, rather than testimony. The constant interruptions from the
chairman and the petitioner’s attorney, RossShannon made it difficult for the opposition
to ask all questions of the witnesses. These
interruptions intimidated others in the audience into not asking questions. The witnesses refused to answer opposition questions based on relevance without a ruling
from the chairman. At no time was the
opposition allowed to question the
petitioner’s Supplemental Narrative, supplied by William Charles, nor RossShannon’s opening remarks.
Because of the late hour (around 11 p.m.),
and once questioning from the opposition
seemed to go on too long for Chairman
Erickson (although he gave the petitioners
all the time they needed to present their
case and did not rush them), the chairman
announced the board would leave the room
for a conference.
This was the direct violation of the Open
Meetings Act. Chairman Erickson did not
make a motion for the reason to go into what
was really a closed session. Chairman
Erickson did not take a vote on going into
Closed Session.
The entire board just left the meeting,
went into a side room and closed the door
behind them, going into Closed Session. Then,
the chairman came back into the room and
met with the petitioner’s lawyer and a couple
of witnesses on sidebar, off the record, in a
hushed voice, so no one could hear him for a
period of a couple minutes. All of this occurred in the room in front of the opposition
and the Winnebago County Assistant State’s
Attorney Sarah Hohe.
The chairman then went back into the
side room and closed the door again. The
entire board emerged a few minutes later
and took their seats.
The chairman called the meeting back to
order. He then stated the meeting would
continue. The chairman then listed the
petitioner’s witnesses he would dismiss and
would have no further questions from, even
though the chairman had already dismissed
those witnesses, and no further opposition
questioning could take place. Previously,
the chairman had made it clear to the room
that their testimony was over, and all opposition questions had been asked.
We challenged the reasoning for the Closed
Session, as no reason was given to the
opposition. The chairman stated he wanted
to know how late the board members wanted
to stay. We challenged that statement.
Then audience member Michelle Courier
asked the ZBA whether they did not just
violate the Illinois Open Meetings Act. Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Hohe stated
they had just violated the Open Meetings
Act, noting: she didn’t catch it; she could be
sanctioned; the ZBA could be cited, and the
opposition should look up the procedures to
do so on the Internet.
We then asked whether minutes had been
taken in the Closed Session. The chairman
stated, “No,” but not to worry, he was only
asking about dates of availability of ZBA
members for a future continuance of these
hearings and if some of the petitioner’s
witnesses could be dismissed or recalled.
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We asked the state’s attorney again what
that meant, and for her to advise us of our
rights at that point. She advised us that
since clearly we know how to use Google, we
could figure it out, but she more than likely
would be censured.
I was also going to challenge the sidebar
with the petitioner off the record while the
session was still in effect, but decided not
to, as the attitude of the state’s attorney
and the chairman did not make me feel
assured my rights were being protected at
that moment.
As a Winnebago County resident, it is my
civic responsibility to be well informed about
the subjects concerning my town, my county,
my state and my country. I take that responsibility seriously, and was well informed at
the meeting of my rights and the Winnebago
County procedures. To be chastised and rebuked by the state’s attorney and the chairman for understanding my rights and the
procedures that should be followed in this
proceeding is not acceptable.
After more than four hours, I, Nichole
Sammon, was called as the first witness for
the opposition. The chairman interrupted
me in the first five minutes of my presentation to question the validity of the information I was presenting concerning our neighborhood demographics. I stated I believe
information about the neighborhood in
question adjacent to the property seeking
the special-use permit is relevant. He let
me continue. I was told to “hurry along,”
along with numerous non-verbal hand and
facial expressions to move my testimony
along. Again, not once was this demand
put on the petitioner or any of their witnesses in this meeting.
Along with the chairman’s demands to
hurry along, the petitioner’s lawyer, RossShannon, interrupted my testimony multiple times, addressing me directly, not the
chairman, stating I had no ability to testify
to the information I was presenting. His
tone was meant to belittle and bully me. He
questioned my credentials multiple times. I
am a citizen of Winnebago County. I do not
need credentials to present in a public hearing in Winnebago County. At no time did the
chairman or the state’s attorney correct or
refute the petitioner until multiple attendees contested and informed the chairman of
his duties.
Once I had completed my testimony to the
board, direct questioning from the board
and petitioner started. This is in direct
conflict with the precedent set by the board
at the beginning of the meeting, whereby
the petitioner was allowed to present their
entire side of the petition before any direct
questions of the witnesses. We, the opposition, still have many speakers to present on
our side of the permit in question.
During direct questioning from the chairman, he asked me for my burden of proof on
how my property value would not be affected.
It is not on me to prove my property value
would not be affected, it is the petitioner’s
burden to prove my property value will not be
affected. A couple of board members in questioning me also pushed me to prove the
petitioner’s request would not affect my
health. It is the petitioner’s burden to prove
my health will not be affected. I was asked by
one board member whether I thought it was
William Charles’ fault that the intersection
they will be utilizing is poorly designed and
accident-prone. That question was out of line
and out of order, as I was simply raising a
concern as a citizen of Winnebago County
regarding an already dangerous intersection
and the addition of large amounts of heavy
truck traffic. Again, neither the chairman
nor the state’s attorney corrected the board
member for misconduct.
It is clear to me from the questions asked
from Chairman Erickson and other members of the board that they do not understand where the burden of proof lies in this
permit request.
At the end of my testimony and questioning, the board stated it was too late in the
evening to continue, and stated this session
would reconvene Sept. 14.
I am quite concerned with what I have
seen and been involved with concerning this
special-use permit for William Charles. The
rules and procedures established by
Winnebago County and the ZBA are not
being followed or adhered to, I would allege.
Blatant bias for the petitioner is on record.
I would very much appreciate your looking into this matter.
Nichole Larison Sammon is a resident of
Fox Ridge Subdivision, which is just to the
west of the proposed William Charles asphalt plant. The Editor & Publisher of The
Rock River Times Frank Schier was present
at this ZBA hearing and proofread and
edited this column.
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transaction fee.
First installments that have not been
paid will have a penalty of 6 percent added
after Sept. 13. Second installments that
have not been paid by the Sept. 2 due date
will incur a penalty of 1.5 percent per
month. Late payments cannot be made at
local banks or credit unions. Taxpayers
should call the Treasurer’s Office at (815)
319-4400 for correct amount due prior to
mailing late payments.
Publication of delinquent taxes will be
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
the week of Oct. 3, and Certified Notices will
be mailed Sept. 30, informing taxpayers of
the Tax Sale to be held Oct. 24 and 25, 2011,
beginning at 9 a.m.
If you did not receive a tax bill this year,
and you have not changed your address at
the Treasurer’s Office, please call (815) 3194400 to make arrangements to have a form
mailed to you, or go to the Treasurer’s website
at and print
out a change form. Changing your address
at the post office will NOT change your
mailing address for tax bills.
Green Fair Sept. 17 at Freeport’s
Highland Community College
Staff Report
workshops and activities for the kids.
Educational workshops that will be ofPaint recycling and document shredding/
recycling will be offered at the Northwest fered at the Green Fair and are as follows:
10 a.m. — “Solar Wind Energy for
Illinois Green Fair Sept. 17. Both opportunities will be available that day from 9 a.m. Homeowners,” presented by Dave Merrill,
with Sun Air Systems;
to 1 p.m. outside of the Green Fair.
11 a.m. — “Hybrid Vehicle Technology,”
Earth Paints Collection Systems will be on
hand to collect and recycle latex paints. A presented by Jim Palmer, automotive technolper-container fee will be charged as follows: ogy instructor at Highland Community College;
12:30 p.m. — Keynote: “What’s on the
quart, $1.50 each; 1-gallon, $2.50 each; 2Horizon
gallon, $3.50 each;
and 5-gallon, $8 each. After taking advantage of the Renewables?”, presented by Jay
Document recycling/shredding will recycling opportunities, visit the Solomon, University
be offered for free up Northwest Illinois Green Fair, which of Illinois Extension
to 100 pounds.
will be in the Student Conference educator in Environmental and Energy
After taking advantage of the recy- Center at Highland Community Stewardship; and
2 p.m. — “Opporcling opportunities, College in Freeport, Ill.
tunities for Local
visit the Northwest
Illinois Green Fair, which will be in the Food Systems that are Environmentally
Student Conference Center at Highland Sustainable,” presented by Maurice Ogutu,
Community College in Freeport, Ill. The University of Illinois Extension educator,
Green Fair will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and will local food systems and small farms.
Green Fair is open to the public at no charge.
feature an exhibitor fair with area busiFor more details, visit www.nwilnesses and organizations with a focus on
sustainability, conservation, preservation, or
local foods, living well and the environment. jsw/, or call the University of Illinois ExtenThe Green Fair will also offer educational sion at (815) 235-4125.
China dominates the green economy
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with a Chinese company in central China.
According to Keith Bradsher in an article
in The New York Times, the Evergreen CEO
indicated Chinese state-owned banks and
municipal governments provide large subsidies to their manufacturers, which preclude U.S. firms from building facilities in
the U.S. Evergreen borrowed two-thirds of
the cost of its new plant in China. No principal and interest payments are due until
2015. In Massachusetts, a state grant only
covered 5 percent of the cost of the firm’s
manufacturing plant. The remaining funds
were sought from private United States
banks, which were reluctant to provide the
funds, even at interest rates more than
double that to be paid in China.
Investment banker Henry C. K. Liu indicates that this form of unregulated global
trade is pre-empting economic growth in
market economies around the world. He
sees it leading to long-term stagnation in
domestic economies as wages paid by international capital are insufficient to support
consumer demand.
With economic stagnation in the United
States, demand for electricity has not kept
up with the increased potential for electrical supply. Low natural gas prices stimulate private electrical production for internal use, undercutting demand for traditional utility power.
David Guitiani, of Sauk Valley Media,
reports that three potential regional providers of electricity are unable to find buyers
for their power. The three projects on hold
include a biomass plant, a wind farm and
the long-idled Invenergy facility in Nelson.
Given current economic conditions,
downsizing the solar farm in Rockford to 3
MW from the original concept of 60 MW is not
surprising. The size can be expanded as increased demand warrants. The continued support of the project by Winnebago County
Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R) is
well timed. Secure, environmentally-friendly,
long-term energy supplies at predictable prices
contribute to a healthy business climate.
Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl are founders
and officers of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) and coordinate the
annual Renewable Energy and Sustainable
Lifestyle Fair. E-mail [email protected]
The Rock River Times
Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011
Participate in the Rock River Sweep Sat., Sept.10, 2011
From above the Rockford Fordham Dam to above Rockton:
THE ROCK RIVER SWEEP is the second annual cleanup of the whole 276-mile length
Map shows from Fordham Dam north to Wisconsin
of the river. Google Rockford's Sportscore I or Rockton's Settlers' Park for directions.
Rock River Homeowners Association, Rock River Enterprises, Rockton Friends of the Rock,
The Rock River Trail Initiative, and The Rock River Times are co-sponsoring the cleanup of
the northern section of the Winnebago County from above the Rockford Fordham Dam to
above Rockton on the Rock River.
REGISTRATION For the Rockford, Loves Park and Machesney Park section, we will meet
at 9:30 at Sportscore I Park in Rockford and in Rockton. Door prizes will be awarded and
cleanup assignments made. We plan to be off the river no later than 3:00 pm. For the
Rockton section, we will meet at the gazebo at Settlers' Park at Blackhawk Blvd. and Hawick.
PUT IN Either at Rockford Marina, Martin Park, Sportcore I for the Rockford, Loves Park
and Machesney Park section. For the Rockton section, put in at Macktown Forest Preserve,
Jensen Forest Preserve, the Rockton boat launch on Hononegah Rd. across from
Hononegah High School, Hononegah Forest Preserve or Settlers' Park.
REACH We will clean the stretch from Fordham Dam up to the Roscoe Shallows (see river
map below) and leave trash at Sportscore I. For the Rockton section, trash may be left at
Settlers' Park. More announcements may be made for trash drop-off ports.
QUESTIONS? For the Rockford, Loves Park and Machesney Park section, call Rock River
Enterprises and Rock River Homeowner Assocation's Steve Lucas at 815-243-8742 or email him at [email protected] AND for the Rockton section, call Loren Floto at 815-6247622 or e-mail him at [email protected]
Image courtesy of Google MapsTM
From below the Rockford
Fordham Dam to Hinchcliff F.P.:
THE ROCK RIVER SWEEP is the second annual cleanup of the whole 276-mile length of the river.
Prairie State Canoeists, The Illinois Paddling Council, Paddle and Trail, The Rock River Trail Initiative and The Rock River Times are co-sponsoring the cleanup of the South Rockford
Reach of the Rock River.
REGISTRATION We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Blackhawk Park in Rockford. Door prizes will be awarded and cleanup assignments made. We plan to be off the river no later than 3:00 pm.
PUT IN Either at Blackhawk Park or at South Park behind La Famiglia.
REACH We will clean the stretch from Fordham Dam down to Hinchcliff Forest Preserve (see river map below) and leave trash and take-out at Hinchcliff, at the former Ace of Diamonds property on the
Southwest end of Blackhawk Island and at La Famiglia. Questions? Call Tom Lindblade at 630-207-9500.
Map shows from Fordham Dam south to Hinchcliff Forest Preserve
1. Take the US-20 BUS/State St exit—Toll road .......................................................... 0.8 mi
2. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Rockford and merge
onto US-20 BUS W/E State St—Partial toll road ..................................................... 5.0 mi
3. Turn left at S Rockford Ave ....................................................................................... 0.5 mi
4. Continue onto 20th St............................................................................................... 0.5 mi
5. Turn right at Broadway ............................................................................................. 1.5 mi
6. Turn left at Kishwaukee St ........................................................................................ 469 ft
7. Turn right at 15th Ave—Blackhawk Park will be on the left .................................... 0.7 mi
" Boat and PFD
" Lunch
" Sunblock
" Work gloves
" Hard-soled shoes
" Some kind of pick-up tool, long and
short handled
" Dry clothes in a doubled trashbag
(in case of capsize)
" Hat
" Safety/Sunglasses
Steve Lucas at 815-243-8742 or [email protected]
Rock River Enterprises
Image courtesy of Google MapsTM
Rockton Friends of the Rock
Loren Floto at 815-624-7622 or [email protected]

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