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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

‘Secret Rockford’ debuts, now available locally

Secret Rockford, the  anthology that pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of life in the Forest City, is now available to the public online and at local retailers. 

Published by by Black Oak Media, copies are available at Toad Hall on Broadway Avenue and Phoenix Traders on 7th Street. Secret Rockford is also available at the Tinker Swiss Cottage gift shop, Amazon.com, and for Nook and Kindle e-readers. 

What do you really know about Rockford? Secret Rockford goes behind the headlines to explore the interesting people, places, and events that make our city unique. 

The pages feature the unconventional, gritty, and sometimes shocking truth.

This anthology contains many snapshots of life in Rockford: A history of Mattison Machine Works. The battle over a mural in Roosevelt Junior High School. The story of a simple basketball game with a shoeless youth. The truth about local connections to organized crime. Infamous murders. The day Santa Claus fell from the sky. 

All the stories are  merely a peek behind the curtain, but each contains meaningful truths about our Rockford experience.

More local vendors, as well as events, will be announced shortly.

For more information about the anthology, visit http://www.secretrockford.com or https://www.facebook.com/secretrockford.


Dutter named Beloit Chamber exec director

The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of Tim Dutter as the new Executive Director.

Dutter is a Beloit native, who currently holds the position of Manager of Business Development for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; in the Chamber of Commerce division. 

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. Tim has also served in the Army rising to the rank of sergeant, and completed a Master’s program in both Education and Business Administration.

“I’m excited to return home.  I see a lot of opportunities for Beloit and the Tri-State Region,” Dutter said. There’s a great feeling going around, a general consensus that the region has begun to turn a corner toward a positive business environment.  It’s the Beloit Chamber’s job to help the community swing around this corner.  We will do this through our efforts in business and community development, government affairs and events.  We will continue to provide that platform for networking for local businesses to engage in the community.  We will explore a variety of options to enhance and strengthen some of our great programs that are already in place,” says Dutter.

Dutter’s tentative start date will be March 3rd.


Nicholas Conservatory hosts ‘Warm-Up Party’

Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory invites everyone to take a break from winter and enjoy an afternoon of tropical sights, sounds, food, and aromas at the Family Winter Warm-Up Party on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m.

Bring your board shorts and Hawaiian shirt for a much-needed winter warm-up with Hawaiian themed food, games, entertainment, and more. Food will be available for purchase from Toni’s of Winnebago. Admission to the party is included with paid Conservatory admission; Conservatory members admitted free of charge.

For information about the Conservatory and admission fees, programs, events, and rental opportunities, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg or call (815) 987-8858. 

This event is one of many free-with-admission activities at Nicholas Conservatory, and one of the many low-fee opportunities offered by the Rockford Park District. Nicholas Conservatory is located at 1354 N. Second St., Rockford.

For information about accessibility for visitors with disabilities, call (815) 987-8800.


Rock Valley softball ranked No. 4 in nation

One month before Rock Valley College opens up its 2014 campaign in Clermont, Florida, the NJCAA has the Golden Eagles ranked #4 in the 2014 NJCAA Division III Preseason Poll.

Head Coach Darin Monroe returns six sophomores from last season’s team that posted a record of 33-12 and placed sixth at the NJCAA Division III national tournament.  Monroe, who will begin his third season this year, has a career record of 63-28.

Rock Valley College will open its season in Clermont, Florida, for a week-long trip in which they will play 12 games against teams from all over the country.  


RPD ‘Therapeutic Rec’ guide available

Rockford Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation Winter/Spring 2014 Program Guide is available free of charge at Park District Customer Service, facilities, and downloadable online at http://rockfordparks.org/index.php/therapeutic-rec/resources/brochures-and-forms

The 36-page Guide contains program and activity descriptions and schedules for a variety of social, recreational, life skills, adapted and paralympic sport, cultural arts, and fitness activities and programs for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. Inclusion services are provided by well-trained and caring therapeutic recreation staff who assess and provide the appropriate level of support needed by each participant to have a successful experience.

Rockford Park District is a member of the Northlands Association for Special Recreation (NASR), and details of the upcoming NASR Park Adventures event in May for ages 8 and older is also included in the Guide. Details about the Park District’s automated installment payment plan option, and Fun For All Kids fee assistance program are also included.

Winter/spring 2014 registration is underway online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card) and at Customer Service locations: 401 S. Main St. in downtown Rockford, and at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, in Loves Park; registration forms are also included in the Guide. 

The Customer Service phone number is (815) 987-8800.


Are you a Rockford Historian?

Do you consider yourself a Rockford Historian?

Join Amanda Becker (an Auburn High School Teacher) in a conversation and test your historian/detective skills to see if you can guess when and where certain places and events occurred in Rockford History at Midway Village Museum’s Lecture Series at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Some of her material is new and offer the chance to learn more about Rockford history than thought possible.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for museum members. Midway Village Museum is located at 6799 Guilford Road. More information is available at  (815) 397-9112 ext. 103 or by visiting www.midwayvillage.com.

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