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Stronghold Castle
A New Chapter for Stronghold Castle

Once the family estate of a Chicago newspaper magnate, then a Presbyterian camp and retreat center, Stronghold Castle now prepares to enter a new era as its own independent entity.

“Courthouse Mountain.” Another favorite of mine is Courthouse Mountain, located near Ridgeway, Colo. I have photographed it many times, from wide-angle pan to up-close shots, and I always come away with something different. Light plays such a key role in photography, and in the wild it will never look quite the same twice. This day, I used a long exposure to get a bit of cloud streak to accent the great fall colors. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: this photo was taken right near the meadow where the climactic shoot-out scene was filmed in the classic John Wayne film “True Grit.”
A Moment in Time: The Photography of Brad Nordlof

Brad Nordlof travels the world with his camera, always ready to capture the serenity and wonder all around. He has a gift for finding beauty in some of the most peaceful landscapes of North America.

(Samantha Behling photo)
Know Your Neighbors: Jennifer Cacciapaglia

Domestic violence and human trafficking are epidemic problems in Rockford, and Jennifer Cacciapaglia is on a mission to change that.

Tyler Sikura was the IceHogs’ most valuable player last season. His younger brother, Dylan, is also on the team.
20 Years of Rockford IceHogs Hockey

Our beloved team has seen ups and downs, but that won’t stop local hockey fans from clanging their cowbells at many games still to come. See how the ‘Hogs have brought excitement and goodwill to Rockford over the past two decades.

Holiday Shopping: 20 Gift Ideas You Won’t Find on Amazon

If your idea of holiday shopping is buying what a robot thinks you want, you’re missing out. Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something irresistible about locally owned stores. So, we tracked down a few ideas to help you get started.