ROCKFORD — Scarecrows may frighten the birds, but children at the Midway Village’s 19th annual Scarecrow Harvest Festival were laughing. Families and friends gathered under a tent Saturday to stuff their old clothes with straw and draw faces — some sad, some happy, some scary — on old knapsacks. Some children brought along hats and wigs, others designed their scarecrows according to Halloween themes. Some children made it easy on themselves and just stuffed baby onesies.
ROCKFORD — The Rockford Register Star is accepting nominations for its highest honors, the Excalibur and Excelsior awards.
The Excalibur has been given since 1971 to an individual who exemplifies community service and excellence, and whose work makes a difference in the Rock River Valley. The Excelsior has been given since 1979 to an organization that does the same.
Last year’s Excalibur and Excelsior winners: Roger Reithmeier, a retired finance executive who has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and the Ken-Rock Community Center.
Volunteers Needed for 2-3 hours spent outside this Saturday Oct 3: Metals and Electronics Drive from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the south parking lot of Machesney Town Center, 8750 North Second Street, Machesney Park, for the semi-annual recycling event of all things metal or electronic, except TV’s.
Greet drivers, direct traffic or help unload vehicles (of small to mid-weight items), from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Greeters, only, still needed in morning.
This collection prevents poisoning groundwater with heavy metals and neuro-toxins and helps the community reduce landfill waste. Be a part of a clean, green community and meet some great people, too!
Some volunteer slots also open at Saturday October 10th for the Clothing and Textiles collection at all area Schnuck’s store lots. www.knib.org
ROCKFORD — Rockford City Market will conclude its season on Friday after again posting a record number of patrons.
Nearly 98,500 people have attended the weekly market staged at the intersection of Water and Market streets in downtown Rockford. That’s a 31 percent increase over last year’s previous record-breaking attendance. Overall attendance is expected to crack 100,000 on Friday, and Rockford City Market will hand out a prize to visitor number 100,000. The market has grown each year since its June 2010 debut.
ROCKFORD — The Forest City has one of America in Bloom’s best residential streetscapes.
Winners in the 2015 contest were announced Saturday at the group’s annual dinner in Holland, Michigan. Rockford also received a four-bloom rating on a five-bloom scale and a special mention for efforts in urban forestry.
It was the fourth year the city has entered the contest. Rockford won its population category in 2005 and 2007. This year, we competed against Lexington, Kentucky, and Henderson County, North Carolina, in the 40,000-plus population category. Lexington won the overall award.
Posted Sep. 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM
Brian Huels came to Rockford from Chicagoland 13 years ago to start a business along the Rock River.
The business — B3 Marine and Water Sports, which later merged with Rockford Marina — closed in 2005, but it didn’t sour Huels’ taste on Rockford.
He worked as a public accountant after that, then found a rewarding career about three years ago as an assistant professor of accounting at Rockford University. In the classroom, he’s known for his enthusiasm, thoughtfulness and dedication to his students. He also was honored with the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Huels has also volunteered with Transform Rockford for two years. For years he has taught kids to water ski. He is also the diving coach at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Meeting and Conference Center
8500 E. State St., Rockford, IL
Speaker: Sondra Samuels, President and CEO
Northside Achievement Zone
One Ecosystem of Support from the Cradle to College
Northside Achievement Zone operates as one integrated program across multiple partners, with NAZ families. Together we provide families with an unbroken ecosystem of best-practice supports from pre-natal through college. Each of these supports builds toward measurable academic outcomes for children.
ROCKFORD — The region’s premier economic development agency laid out a retooled strategy Thursday to make the Rockford area more prosperous, with an ambitious fundraising campaign to pay for it.
Rockford Area Economic Development Council is a private nonprofit that aims to enhance wealth in the region by attracting and retaining as it markets Rockford to site selectors and job creators around the globe.
With its new five-year campaign, Rockforward 20/20, the agency expects to create and retain 10,500 jobs by the close of 2020 and attract $925 million worth of capital investment to the region, resulting in 38 million square feet of new or renovated space for business.
To achieve all of that, it expects to raise an additional $600,000 a year — on top of its annual campaign of $1.4 million — to amplify its efforts. Marketing has been RAEDC’s core mission since its inception. The extra revenue would pay for additional external marketing work and two more pillars of the development council’s renewed strategy: workforce development and a qualified sites program to meet the needs of relocating and expanding businesses.
“I want to make this region shine again and I can’t do it alone,” Director Mike Nicholas said at a news conference at the agency’s downtown office. “I need your help and I look forward to working together.”