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25 Local People Who Inspire


Meet 25 individuals who exemplify the reasons this region is a great place to live, work and play. They come from all walks of life and all corners of the region, but what distinguishes them is their dedication to transforming lives.

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February, 2000, 27,500 feet over the Atlantic, approaching Africa: Kevin Uliassi stands in the open hatch of his capsule while controlling the overhead propane burners, during his attempt to circumnavigate the earth in a balloon.(JReneeLLC photo)

Around the World (Almost) in a Balloon

Since the late 1700s, people have been trying to fly farther and faster by way of hot air balloon. In recent times, a fair number have had ties to the Rockford, area, including Kevin Uliassi, who launched from Loves Park.






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The Buzz About Beloit International Film Festival

Now in its 12th year, Beloit International Film Festival has become one of most anticipated events in our region. Learn everything you need to know about this year’s 10-day event.






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“This past year I worked on a project photographing endangered reptiles and amphibians from around the world to bring awareness to the plight of these species,” says Olson. “This Veiled Chameleon is a truly prehistoric-looking reptile.”

A Photographer’s Journey: Wild Things!

Rockford native David C. Olson has produced some of the world’s best wildlife images, at times risking his life in their pursuit. His deep knowledge of, and sensitivity to, animal behavior and wildnerness survival have earned him clients around the globe.






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Nancy Whitlock, current president, stands in front of portraits of past presidents.

12 Decades of Service at Rockford Woman’s Club

You may be surprisd to learn just how many ways this 120-year-old club has positively influenced our community. As the role of women has evolved, so too has the role of this club. Peggy Werner shows you to why this club’s mission endures.






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Features NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – April 26, 2017

  Starlight Season Opens with New Director Right in Our Region: When Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre opens its 2017 season, it will be a mix of something old and…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 19, 2017

  Summerfield Zoo Opens Season on April 22 Right in Our Region: Summerfield Zoo will open its 2017 season this year on Earth Day weekend, April 22 & 23, with…
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Smart Living Weekly – April 12, 2017

  Backyard Bliss: How to Love Coming Home Right in Our Region: As owner of Crimson Valley Landscaping, 1541 Westmoreland Ave., Rockford, Mike Sanders has witnessed an explosion of creative…
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