Features
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.

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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.

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World War II Navy veteran Rich Graham stands next to a model of a battleship similar to the one he served on while fighting the Japanese across the Pacific Ocean.

Veteran Stories: Shipmates Forever

At age 91, Boone County resident Richard “Rich” Graham still has a sharp memory. He can clearly recall serving on not one, but two battleships while fighting the Japanese during World War II.

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Mark and Karen Schwendau of Byron, Ill., enjoy exploring the Old Northwest Territory by Harley.

An Iron Horse Takes the Galena-Chicago Stagecoach Trail

Join retired college professor Mark Schwendau and his wife, Karen, as they travel a former stagecoach trail by motorcycle and note interesting landmarks in each community along the way.

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Linda Zuba, nurse-turned-attorney, answers her calling.

Know Your Neighbors: Linda Zuba

Linda Zuba has dealt with many hardships in her life, including discrimination. Find out how this Rockford attorney overcame her struggles and discover how she’s fighting for the rights of immigrants.

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Features NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – October 11, 2017

  Trail of Terror Offers Regional Fall Fun Right in Our Region: Now in its 20th year, Trail of Terror is a chance to celebrate all things autumn in small…
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Smart Living Weekly – October 4, 2017

  Scarecrow Harvest Festival at Midway Village Right in Our Region: All the fun that comes with autumn harvest season will be in full swing during the Scarecrow Harvest Festival…
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Smart Living Weekly – September 27, 2017

  Autumn at the Arboretum Right in Our Region: One of the most enjoyable family-oriented events of the season returns to Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, on Sunday, Oct. 8,…
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