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Some church congregations that once thrived in Rockford’s downtown have found new life by moving to the outskirts of the city. Others have stayed put and reached out to help solve neighborhood challenges that surround them. This is a story of the latter.
A Second First Start

When First Presbyterian and Second Congregational UCC in Rockford banded together, members discovered just what it means when two are better than one.

Dave McClelland, Rex Parker and Jay Heath, played for the Warriors back in the 1950s. Their legacy lives on in “Warriors Forever.”
Warriors Forever: Telling the Story of Rockford’s Greatest Basketball Team

Growing up in Rockford, author John Gile had always admired the fabled Rockford West High School basketball teams that won back-to-back championships in the 1950s. But his journey to tell the story about the Warriors took an odyssey all its own.

Angel Martinez, a 17-year-old Auburn High School senior, is a national champion in boxing with more than 100 victories. His coach, Jimmy Goodwin Jr., trains him at Patriots Boxing Club on Seventh Street in Rockford’s Midtown District.
A Great One-Two Punch at Patriots Boxing Club

Meet Jimmy Goodwin Jr., the owner of Patriots Boxing Club, and his star student, Angel Martinez, who’s a boxing national champion.

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.

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.