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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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Northwest Quarterly’s Annual Guide to Schools

It’s never an easy choice when seeking the perfect school — there are plenty of things to consider. Here are some of the top institutions available here in our region.






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Smart Living Weekly – March 22, 2017

  Get Inspired at Home & Garden Showcase Right in Our Region: The promise of spring motivates a lot of people to find their gardening tools and go to work….
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Smart Living Weekly – March 15, 2017

  Rockford Dance Company Presents ‘Snow White’ Right in Our Region: Most people are familiar with some version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” but few have experienced it…
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Smart Living Weekly – March 8, 2017

  The Search for Great Antiques Right in Our Region: Hunting for antiques is a cherished pastime for many Americans, including many people in our region. Though the internet has…
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