Recreation: Downtown Rockford Gearing Up For A Busy Summer

Rockford - Downtown Rockford transformed into a playoff party Wednesday night as the Rockford IceHogs held a block party downtown, before their game against the Texas Stars.

Icehogs fan, Benjamin Fox, says of the party, “It’s actually a pretty cool idea. You never get that with the Blackhawks. Generally, it’s show up for the game, tailgate before the game, but never anything happening right at the stadium.”

Rockford is planning plenty of events downtown this summer. Rockford’s Public Works Director, Tim Hanson, says, “I know that Kryptonite and The District have some events that are planned for this summer, and it’s a great time to be downtown.”

Rockford’s City Market will open for the season May 22nd.  Hanson says they hope to have the collapsed Water Street parking deck rebuilt by then. He also says there will be a lot of construction going on downtown, but the City is planning detours to make driving through the city easier.

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RSVP to Meet Destir, the Telepresence Robot ~ Wednesday @ RVC! YOU COULD WIN A ROBOT!

This session is Free and Open to the Public!
Woodward Technology Center (WTC) Room 117-121
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Seating is Limited. RSVP by clicking here

Destir, the telepresence robot, is being used in over 800 schools and thousands of businesses throughout the United States. Destir, created by DoubleRobotics, is being utilized at Rock Valley College to help teach classes, greet potential students at local conferences, and give guest speakers a physical presence in classrooms when they can’t travel to Rock Valley College.

For more information about Destir, click here

Prof Chuck Konkol will explain the technology behind Destir, as well as demonstrate its many features.

  • DoubleRobotics, creators of Destir, will remote into Destir and greet the audience along with other surprise guests!
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive Destir!
  • Dinner Provided
  • Door Prize: MIP the Robot. See more about MIP


Destir is being utilized at Rock Valley College to:

1.Enhance Teaching/Learning

  • Invite guest speakers from around the world to remote into Destir to speak and roam the classroom
  • Allow students or community members the ability to remote into Destir and visit a class or campus event!
  • Allow students or guests will disabilities the ability to attend class or campus events!

2.Greet potential students

  • Destir visited over 700 High School students at local Math competition
  • Destir has visited 10 classrooms this semester!

RSVP to Meet Destir by clicking here

Snap or pull from digital archive a scenic photo of the Rockford region. Post with hashtag #rockfordscenery

The Rockford region has some beautiful scenery that we sometimes take for granted, This week we are recognizing these scenic spots. So far, we have had snapshots of Rock Cut Park, the Rock River and Sinnissippi.

Take a moment and snap or pull from your digital archives a scenic photo of the Rockford region. Post with hashtag #rockfordscenery

Prairie View Golf Club Byron, IL

Prairie View Golf Club Byron, IL

Hailed a Hero: Ogle County Honors Grubsteakers Owner

OREGON — When you think of a hero, you think of someone who willingly puts their life in danger for the benefit of others. And, that’s exactly what the owner of Grubsteakers did, when she led all her restaurant guests to the storm cellar, just moments before the tornado tore through. And tonight, Ava Mirtoski received a special thank you from the Ogle County Board, hailing her a hero.


Ava was able to get all 12 people, who were inside her restaurant, outside, and into the storm cellar, shortly before the tornado ripped the restaurant apart.

“It was really fast… quick. Things [about] that time, that minute, I don’t remember,” Ava said, thinking back to that night. “I was thinking, anything — but to save everybody.”

Ogle County Board Chairman, Kim Gouker, believes that if it wasn’t for Ava’s quick thinking, everyone who ended up trapped in the cellar might not have survived at all.

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Jobs & Economy: Packed room for “State of the County”

On April 16th, Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen addressed a packed room at the “State of the County” and says the county is making moves to bring jobs to the area. Christiansen said there are projects either going on or in the works in every corridor of the county.







Local Pride, Healthy Lifestyle: 64-Year-Old Rockford Man to Run Boston Marathon

ROCKFORD—Moments after bombs went off at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, something went off in Kenneth McClelland’s head. He was determined to run that race again.


“As soon as I heard, I said I want to go back. We just can’t stop running when something like that happens. Runners support runners. I want to meet some of the families that lost their lives, encourage those that got hurt just let them know we are here to support them,” says McClelland.

Now, two years later, McClelland is days away from running his fourth Boston Marathon. And he’s doing it at 64 years old.

“There are so many people my age that can’t even run a mile, can’t do two miles. It’s a blessing, it’s a gift. I feel real good. I train hard everyday. Some days I go 12 miles, some days I do 15, 18,” says McClelland.

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