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Is Darth Vader Watching Over the Rock River?
I came across a picture on a friend's Facebook page this morning, and it made me laugh. Not that the circumstances surrounding the renovation of the Chief Black Hawk statue in Oregon are funny, but just that the attempts to protect him have him looking like he's living life on the Dark Sid…
Thanks, But I’ll Stick With Magic Waters…
As a kid growing up along the banks of the Rock River in Oregon, my parents made it quite clear that I was not to be swimming in the Rock. The river, they argued, was a drowning hazard--swift, full of dangerous currents, and was inhabited by creatures (like the garfish) that would bite off large chu…
Some of Illinois’ Best Places for Fall Foliage
As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, my dad thought that the ride down Route 2 from Rockford all the way to Dixon offered up some of the best, if not the very best, fall colors viewing in the entire country. I agree, but there are a few other spots in our state that are pretty awesome once we h…
Repairs to the Eternal Indian (Blackhawk) Statue Have Stalled
Having grown up directly across the Rock River from The Eternal Indian Statue (known by many as Blackhawk, or Chief Blackhawk), I've been following the restoration efforts going on in Oregon for quite awhile now. A news report published yesterday indicates that we're going to have to keep …
Veteran Organization Helps Local Family
If you're not familiar with Team Rubicon, they're a group that's well worth knowing, and supporting. What do they do? Their mission statement sums it up:
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams…

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