FEATURES
Dennis Dreher’s wildly colorful suburban backyard in Bull Valley. (Jamie Johannsen photo)
How to Plant With Wildlife in Mind

Our neatly manicured lawns may be a source of pride, but at what cost to our wildlife? Jamie Johannsen explains why it’s time for a new mindset in residential landscaping.

FEATURES
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VetsRoll: A Tribute to the Greatest Generation

They served our country in terrible times, and yet many of the men and women who served in World War II have never seen their memorials in Washington. Meet a family that did something to thank these vets.

FEATURES
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Seven Great Gardens

We easily take for granted the remarkable variety of impressive gardens here in Rockford. Take a brief tour of seven excellent, national-attention-grabbing places that you can explore today.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Ferro Pavilion at George Williams College of Aurora University, in Williams Bay, Wis., is usually packed for Music by the Lake concerts. (Music by the Lake photo)
New Features Highlight Music by the Lake

Lake Geneva’s favorite waterside summer concert series is back this year, with an exciting lineup and a few surprises. See what awaits concertgoers this year.

REGIONAL DINING
Joey Canova and chef Bernie Harding.
Joey C’ Cucina: Not Your Typical Italian Restaurant

Discover a Rockford eatery built from a dream and some of Rockford’s great tastes, and see why this little storefront has become a big hit with a mature audience.

HOME & GARDEN
Pictured at top: The dramatic Jamboana light purple, a relative within the African daisy family, is in development by Syngenta, a Swiss company. (Photo by Syngenta.)
Exciting New Plants for 2014

Bright, colorful and ever-changing, our garden favorites come in a variety of fantastic blooms this year. Discover which are worthy of your backyard landscape this spring.

HEALTH & FITNESS
Modern technologies help Dr. Leela Narra, of Rockford Health Physicians, to diagnose irregularities in the heart, such as atrial fibrilation.
What You Should Know About Heart Disease

It’s the No. 1 killer of both men and women, and it can begin in many different ways. Here are some of the basics to diagnosing and preventing heart disease.

NORTHWEST WOMAN
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Step Into Spring

Go for comfort and style this season, as you find the perfect footwear to stay light on your feet all summer long. Discover some comfy gear that’ll make your feet happy.

MIND & SPIRIT
John Anderson, a thrift store volunteer and sophomore at East High School, cleans household items. (Jim Killam photo)
Rockford Rescue Mission Thrift Store Rescues, Recovers, Restores

Fulfilling its mission to restore a broken world, the Rescue Mission’s latest project is helping those in need and benefitting a neighborhood. Step inside this unique thrift shop.

RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
Marianne Kaiser works with a young golfer.
Priceless Memories on the Greens

Local golf pros have all of the fun, with a front-row seat to some of the game’s best moments. Here are a few of their favorite memories.

PERSONAL & FINANCE
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Free Resources for Understanding Health Reform

The new health care law is a complicated puzzle. Leon Rebodos, of Williams-Manny Insurance Group, points out a few resources for better understanding how this law affects you.

NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Steve Carter and Darrin Kopala, two principals of Ingenium Aerospace, have extensive experience in the aerospace industry. (Chris Linden photo)
From Idea to Flight, Engineers Make It Happen

Long before an airplane lifts off, engineers and designers must create every working part. Step inside Rockford’s Ingenium Aerospace and discover what drives our region’s manufacturing prowess.