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Join Me Saturday Night for the Rockford Barbershoppers Annual Show

I’ll admit it. I’m a little bit “old school.” I love barbershop quartets, and all that goes with them. When I was a kid, I always enjoyed hearing my dad sing with the Rockford Barbershop Chorus. Like me, he wasn’t the best singer, but what he lacked in talent, he more than made up for in enthusiasm (and, I think they had him stand next to a dead microphone).

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CherryVale Mall Says: “Make Thanksgiving Yours”

Over the last number of years, there has been a great weeping and gnashing of teeth over retailers that have decided to open their doors on Thanksgiving. To be fair, there are lots of folks who like the idea of getting a head start on their "Black Friday" shopping, but the voices shouting about greed, and others, lamenting the fact that employees have to leave their families on a holiday to raise the profits of their employers, have been heard.

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The Head of the Rock Regatta is This Sunday

Every October, around 2000 rowers, along with 5000 spectators head for the banks of the Rock River here in Rockford, as the YMCA's Rowing Crew plays host for the Head of the Rock Regatta.

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Former Rockford T.V. Anchor Takes a Pounding in Hurricane

Former Fox 39 Anchor Sachelle Saunders was doing a live report during Hurricane Matthew.

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Rockford Gets Its Share of Bad Weather, But Nothing Like This

Here in the Rockford area, we're no strangers to weather extremes, as folks in Belvidere, Poplar Grove, Fairdale, and Rochelle can attest. We've seen death and destruction up close (and personal, for many). However, we've rarely, if ever, had to face down a storm that's as big as our state.

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Empty Out Your Closets for KNIB’s Saturday Clothing Drive

As I've pointed out in previous posts, I always know when it's time for another Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) clothing drive because my wife Amy will leave plastic bags lying in front of my closet. The message is clear: start packing up the stuff that you don't wear anymore, or I will.

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Watch The Best Moments of Geek’d Con Rockford

Fans of pop culture, comics, cosplay and celebrities all found a home under one roof during Geek'd Con Oct. 1-2 at the Mercy Indoor Sports Center, 8800 Riverside Blvd.

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Rockford Tops a List We’d Rather Not Be On

We see lists of cities all the time. Largest, smallest, fastest-growing, best nightlife, best food, most attractions, highest median home price, affordability, you name it. Unfortunately, Rockford generally makes a poor showing on those "best" lists, and ranks right up near the top in the "worst" lists.

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Where Does Rockford Rank on the List of Fastest Growing Cities in the US?

Since the Great Recession, it's been a very tough comeback for many, many communities across the nation, Rockford included. For some, that comeback has been slow and steady, but for others...not so much.

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What We Saw At Geek’d Con Rockford

Cosplay, celebrity appearances and more highlighted day 1 of Geek'd Con Rockford Saturday at the Mercy Indoor Sports Center.

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