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Our Pioneer Roots: Stephen and Hononegah Mack


The marriage of Stephen and Hononegah Mack led to an interesting future for the Rock River Valley. Janine Pumilia explores the Macks’ role in our region’s history and unveils how Macktown Living History keeps their stories alive.

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The Lake Geneva area offers numerous options for a scenic summertime retreat, from million-dollar lakeshore mansions to quiet, secluded cottages.

How to Locate Your Summertime Escape

There are many factors to consider before purchasing or renting a vacation home. Learn what questions to ask and where the prime retreats are located in our region.

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Now a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Schanes passes on her knowledge to the next generation of wig builders. She also operates CHRISTALine Studios, where part of her mission is to make free wigs for those affected by medical hair loss.

‘Wigging Out’ with Christal Schanes

Her Rockford roots played a large part in her success. Learn how this ever-evolving artist found opportunities in our region that led to winning two Emmy Awards and launching a nonprofit that helps cancer patients.

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Scandinavian Cemetery and the Swedes of Rockford

Scandinavian Cemetery contains more than 22,000 graves, with each one representing part of our region’s history. Uncover dark truths, amusing anecdotes and meaningful stories affiliated with the site.

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A Touch of the Wild: Captions & Photography by David C. Olson

Traveling through some of the wildest parts of North America, photographer David C. Olson captures elusive creatures, breathtaking landscapes and fleeting moments of natural wonder.

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Features SMART LIVING WEEKLY
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Smart Living Weekly – June 19, 2019

  Fun Summer Events at Midway Village Right in Our Region: The 1970s, particularly the bicentennial of the United States of America, is the theme of this year’s fourth annual…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 12, 2019

  Music by the Lake Returns for 19th Season Right in Our Region: With a musical lineup as varied as the stars shining above it, Music by the Lake’s latest…
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Smart Living Weekly – June 5, 2019

  Enjoy Rockin’ River Fest in Oregon June 15 Right in Our Region: Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day or every day, let nature embrace you with all its beauty at…
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