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NWQ’s 2018 Guide to Schools


The Rockford area boasts several high-quality schools that successfully combine college-preparatory academics and the liberal arts, with a focus on individual abilities and strengths. To help with your decisions, we’ve found a few of the best.

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Women in the Rockford Rescue Mission’s Life Recovery Program work with volunteer artists to remake donated goods into repurposed items.

Rockford Remade Helps Those In Need

The Rockford Rescue Mission’s latest project shares a unique collection of items made by a special group of women. Learn about these women’s stories and find out what’s in this unique store.

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Carrie Little rides at Main Stay Therapeutic Farm with instructor Joanne Mulvey (left) and volunteers Diane Massier (center) and Wendy Kornfeind (right).

More than Just Horsin’ Around at Main Stay

It’s no small thing when these horse lovers say they have a way of changing lives through animal-assisted therapies. Indeed, a wide variety of clients have achieved personal empowerment while working with this Richmond-area farm’s lovable critters.

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Nik’s Home Run is the major fundraising event for the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation (NRF), a charity that serves young adults ages 18 to 24 who are fighting cancer.

Lifting the Spirits of Young Adults with Cancer

Since its inception nearly six years ago, the Nikolas Ritschel Foundation has fulfilled the wishes of 75 young adults from 17 states. Read about Nikolas Ritschel’s story and find out how to get involved.

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First Congregational Church of Beloit

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.

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Mind & Spirit NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – November 29, 2017

  Enjoy Lots of Fun History Events this Winter Right in Our Region: The gift of learning is offered year-round at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, and the winter…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 22, 2017

  Klehm Celebrates the Sweetest of Seasons Right in Our Region: Sweet sounds and sweet treats are equally essential to a joyous holiday season. So, too, are winter wonderland walks…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 15, 2017

  Cast of ‘The Nutcracker’ Prepares to Delight Right in Our Region: For many people, the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without seeing “The Nutcracker” ballet, which brings to life…
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