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The Lighter Side

It's been so hot this June, everybody's common sense about what to keep covered has totally evaporated. A heat wave? In the summer? But that NEVER happens! Except every year. At this exact time,...

 

Rockin' The Schoolhouse

Yes, it was late in the season, and four of the seven cast members had already graduated, but EPC was able to "shift" their productions around to put on a really nice production of Schoolhouse Rock...

 

The Lighter Side

I'm going to change my Facebook name to "Benefits". Now when someone adds me as a friend it will say "You are now friends with Benefits." Being popular on Facebook is like sitting at the cool table...

 

Queen Of Hearts Still Hiding in Lena

The Lena Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 577, in conjunction with the Iron Horse Tap in Lena, is continuing to run a progressive Queen of Hearts Raffle to benefit various veterans causes in Lena and Northwest Illinois. As of this writing,...

 

Lighter Side

Why do some couples make their status "single" every time they fight? I don't put "orphan" when I get into fights with my parents. Teenager: Treated like children, but expected to act like adults. I...

 

EPC Presents: Schoolhouse Rock

The EPC Drama Department is so excited to once again invite patrons back into our "theatre" as our small but mighty cast of characters brings the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon...

 

Bringing Back The Fourth

Show me a person who hasn't ever eaten the BBQ chicken dinner provided by the Stockton Lions Club every Fourth of July, and I'll show you someone who doesn't live in Northwest Illinois. Now, after...

 

The Return Of The County Fair

The Stephenson County Fair Association (SCFA) is excited to announce the 2021 Stephenson County Fair will go on. Dates for the fair are Tuesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 31. Of course, that is b...

 

The Lighter Side

To all of this year's graduates ... congratulations. Even a global pandemic couldn't stop you! High School is like a free trial on education. Once you graduate, they say, "Now, if you want to...

 

Highland Theater Plans

The Highland Community College theatre department announces its 2021-22 theatre season by producing two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: “Our Town” on Oct. 7, 8, and 9; and “Sweat” on March 10, 11, and 12, 2022. Both productions are performed...

 

Freeport Brings Back The Stage

While several schools performed their productions via Zoom or other online methods, and Orangeville made sure to keep no more than two performers on stage at any one time for their production,...

 

The Lighter Side

High School is like a free trial on education. Then once you've graduated they say, "Now if you want to continue, pay $50,000." The teacher told us to bring a pencil to class tomorrow ... so what's a...

 

The Return Of Fall Festival

The Lena Lions announce plans for the Fall Festival to be held September 10 & 11 in downtown Lena! Back will be all the favorites - festival games, entertainment, food and the parade. This year...

 

Park Ministry Music Series

Beginning on May 29th, a special free musical performance will be taking place in Lions Park in Lena on Saturday nights beginning at 6:30 pm. Unlike Music in the Park, this is going to be a Park Ministry series – offering uplifting religious...

 

The Lighter Side

I've figured out a way to get my teenage son to cut the grass. I told him to think of the lawn mower like a giant joystick, and he has to cut down the evil tall grass army until it's all gone, but he...

 

The Lighter Side

How Many Dogs Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb? – Submitted by Paula Morhardt GOLDEN RETRIEVER: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside...

 

Freeport Theater Presents: You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Freeport High School Theatre Department is proud to present the delightful musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Krape Park Band Shell Thursday and Friday, May 6 and 7, at 5 p.m., and...

 

Pretzel Fest This Saturday

The inaugural Pretzel Fest is scheduled for April 24 in Downtown Freeport to celebrate the history and comradery of the Pretzel City. Activities, food, shopping and fun for all ages between 10 am to 4 pm on Chicago Avenue. The Pretzel Fest BBQ...

 

The Lighter Side

Time to plant my garden ... or, as the bunnies in the neighborhood call it ... my "all you can eat buffet." How do I always seem to find the plants without the will to live? I like to help the...

 

Mighty Richland Players Dessert Theater 20th Anniversary

The Mighty Richland Players have started their 20th anniversary season off with a bang by being one of the theaters chosen to world-premiere the award-winning Phil Olson play, The Birthday Club. Having been involved with Olson in the reading and...

 

The Lighter Side

I have discovered the secret to a clean house ... never let your children of your husband enter it. I always find something I've lost when I do my spring cleaning. This year, it was my mind. I was...

 

Goat Yoga Anyone?

VOICES of Stephenson County is sponsoring a free goat yoga session on Tuesday, April 20. The event will be outside at their office, 565 N. Turner Ave. in Freeport. The rain date is April 21. Jenn...

 

The Lighter Side

My uncle tried to cross an angry sheep with a moody cow. All he got was an animal that's in a very Baaaaad Moooooood. What do you call a sleeping cow? ... (A Bull dozer) Well, I was offered 15...

 

The Lighter Side

I found a way to break my dog from begging at the table – I brought home hospital food. My doctor told me they were going to run some tests ... to see how my insurance reacts. I got my new...

 

NWILDD March 2021 Winners

The Northwest Illinois Daily Drawing (a cooperative fundraiser) announces the winners for March. The Daily Drawing is a drawing for 365 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021 to those donating for a ticket. Over $21,000 is...

 

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