FEATURES
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Allen Pang: ‘The Last Pearl Harbor Veteran’

It took a world war and a special wife to transplant this native Hawaiian to Rockford. After surviving 68 bombing missions, Dr. Allen Pang used all he learned to overcome obstacles and savor a beautiful, meaningful life.






FEATURES
Dr. Mathew Mathew-Thoppil (right) works with team members Eric Lee (left) and Dmitry Royhman to research causes of corrosion in hip, knee and jaw joint replacement materials, with the goal of developing a material that can exist long-term in the human body more successfully than currently used materials.
Groundbreaking Research, Right Here in Rockford

Some of the best research minds int he world quietly work each day at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, doing both medical and applied research while teaching their skills.






FEATURES
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Sailboat Legend ‘Buddy’ Melges, ‘The Wizard of Zenda’

He’s a two-time Olympian, a sailing champion the world over, and still a commanding presence around Geneva Lake. See how this local legend is charting new waters for the next generation of sailors.






ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Starlight Theater Celebrates 50th Season

Starlight’s 50th season promises to be as enchanting as the theater housing it. Reminisce with director Mike Webb as he recounts the best and worst moments of the theater’s eventful history.






REGIONAL DINING
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Franchesco’s Ristorante: Three Generations Celebrate Italian Dining

The Salamone family has spent the past 30 years serving impeccable food at Francesco’s Ristorante. Discover how these Sicilian natives took their business from a pizzeria to a fine dining establishment.






HOME & GARDEN
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Three Ways to Make Life Better at Home

Never underestimate the power of proper lighting, organized shelving and a brand new mattress. Learn how to improve these aspects of your home and create a more enjoyable living space.






HEALTH & FITNESS
Dr. Ancil Philip often performs surgery using a da Vinci robot at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford.
Surgery: Ancient Art, Modern Miracles

Surgery still can be scary for a patient, but with the major advancements that have happened over the past half-century, operations are now safer than ever before.






NORTHWEST WOMAN
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16 Unforgettable Wedding Venues

Before you say “I do,” check out some of our region’s most elegant, unique and otherwise special locations for hosting your wedding day.






MIND & SPIRIT
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Rockford Mass Transit District’s 11th Fundraiser is Par for the Course

A day spent on the golf course can yield more than just an enjoyable day on the links. Those who join this annual fundraiser can help to support an essential transportation system.






RECREATION & DESTINATIONS
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10 Pro Tips for Mastering Your Golf Game

Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the game, keep your golf season strong with these tips from our region’s pros.






PERSONAL & FINANCE
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What Golf Can Teach You About Retirement Planning

The game of golf isn’t so dissimilar from planning your retirement. Discover some important strategies that can help you to keep your own plans on par.






NW BUSINESS MAGAZINE
With their red uniforms, crew members like Daniel Molina are the most visible team members of Crimson Valley’s business. Accordingly, these teams are held to high standards for quality, customer service and respect for others’ property.
Case Study: To Manage Discord, Empower Your Team

From its earliest days as a two-man team, Crimson Valley Landscaping endured bous of uncertainty – until it became clear that a new paradigm was needed. The result is a company culture that puts a premium on improvement.