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John Borling
Major General John Borling: The Poet POW

When he retired as a Major General in 1996, John Borling’s career had spanned 37 eventful years. His most challenging period occurred when he endured 6.5 years as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam. Here, the Rockford resident shares his story.

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The Wonders of Our Trees

This time of year, their bright colors light up our landscape in amazing ways, but there’s far more to love about trees than mere aesthetics. Explore the many ways trees enrich our communities and our environment.

A few city leaders and gamechangers in Oregon, Ill.
How Oregon Rescued Itself

Just four years ago, this small town in Ogle County was called out as a “Triple Threat” for its high poverty, jobless rate and low average incomes. Today, it’s a bustling town with a promising future.

Gary and Carol Anderson spent several years restoring their Queen Anne-style home in the late 1970s. (Samantha Behling photo)
Haight Village, Rockford’s Original Comeback

Back when there was a different attitude about downtown Rockford, a tight-knit group of neighbors fought off disinvestment, apathy and absentee landlords to restore East Rockford’s first settlement.

Having overcome huge obstacles as a teenager, this mom and mentor is helping young girls who find themselves in similar situations.
Know Your Neighbors: Shamika Williams is ‘A Real Blessing’

This mom and mentor is on a mission to help teenage girls overcome poverty and personal struggle. Learn about her own obstacles and how they led her to prepare local, at-risk girls for success in life.