FEATURES
Pat Curran is a self-taught apple grower and owner of Curran's Orchard.
All About the Amazing Apple

If fruits could talk, none would tell the story of moody mankind better. Dive into the fascinating history of the apple and discover insight on local growers and their orchards.

FEATURES
Dramatic images from the Hubble Space Telescope, or deep-space probes like Cassini, as well as recent celestial events like the solar eclipse this summer, have spurred renewed enthusiasm among amateur astronomers for one of mankind’s oldest hobbies. (Photo by Joshua P. Thompson, Driftless Hills Photography, Dodgeville, Wis.)
Become an Amateur Astronomer

You don’t need to own a fancy telescope to view the stars, planets and comets in outerspace. Learn where several local observatories reside – each offering opportunities to view the night sky in all its splendor.

FEATURES
World War II Navy veteran Rich Graham stands next to a model of a battleship similar to the one he served on while fighting the Japanese across the Pacific Ocean.
Veteran Stories: Shipmates Forever

At age 91, Boone County resident Richard “Rich” Graham still has a sharp memory. He can clearly recall serving on not one, but two battleships while fighting the Japanese during World War II.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is soaring to new realms for its 2017/2018 season.
Surprises Await in Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s New Season

An exciting, yet challenging lineup is in store for Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/2018 season. Mark your calendar now and take a peek at what’s to come.

REGIONAL DINING
Nikko Castrogiovanni is the owner of Baci’s Kitchen. The restaurant hosts live music, trivia and date night during the week.
Baci’s Kitchen: Fast-Casual Dining with Many Great Options

This hidden gem in Rockford is becoming well-known for its unique food, casual atmosphere and reasonable prices. See what the restaurant is serving up lately, and what you’re missing out on.

HOME & GARDEN
There are plenty of things you can do to keep warm this winter. One is to use a gas fireplace like this one, which can be found at Benson Stone Co., in Rockford. More people are making the switch to gas fireplaces in recent years because of their easier use and maintenance.
Make Your Home Cozy This Winter

Is your home ready for the snow and those dreaded subzero temperatures? Local experts offer advice on how to protect your home from the ravages of another cold, Midwestern winter.

HEALTH & FITNESS
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Battling Breast Cancer at a Young Age

If you’re a woman, mammogram screenings may just save your life. Learn how Kathleen Lee, a breast cancer patient, took her health into her own hands – and how you can take your own care into yours.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Fall Fashion: Taking Autumn in Style

Take a look at what’s fashionable this fall with this interactive photo gallery.

MIND & SPIRIT
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NWQ Guide to Colleges 2017

It’s never an easy choice when seeking the perfect college — there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some of the top institutions available here in our region.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
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Bringing Digital Archives to the Public, Online

Midway Village Museum is providing online access to some of its most requested photographs, postcards and documents. Find out how you can gain access to these cherished items.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Managing Retirement Investments

Retirement can mean the beginning of a new life. David Cyrs, founder and president of CYRS Wealth Advisors, offers insights on how to manage your retirement investments.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
reveals its plans to invest $130 million to construct a new women’s and children’s tower and make additional renovations to its Midtown Rockford campus.
Area Health Systems Build for the Future

Several projects are underway at our region’s hospitals, with large investments fueling new buildings and renovations. Check in with the CEOs of these medical centers to find out how these projects bolster our regional economy and health care options.