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The Lighter Side

I'm going to call my Mom and ask if that offer to slap me into next year is still on the table. Whatever you must do today ... Do it with the confidence of a four year old wearing a Batman cape! When...

 

Lucky Ducks Relay For Life

The Lena Lucky Ducks Relay for Life team and the Stephenson County Relay for Life teams are celebrating with a virtual/auction 32 prior to a memorial YOU TUBE of cancer survivors/deceased. We have luminarias for sale at $10.00 each and bags will be...

 

Harmony Benefit

Harmony United Methodist Men will be hosting their 3rd annual Pig Roast Benefit on September 12, 2020. 100% of the proceeds will be split between the Family of Kyle Griffin and the Senior Resource Center. The Benefit will take place at Harmony UMC,...

 

Fairgrounds Seeking Facelift Grant

Stephenson County Fairground is one of 11 finalists in Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift initiative. They were chosen from among 53 submissions across 13 states.  With votes from community members, Stephenson County Fairground’s project...

 

The Lighter Side

What if this quarantine is just the aliens fattening us up before the big harvest? If you see me talking to myself this week – don't worry – I'm having a parent/teacher conference. I just Clorox...

 

Pearl City Boulevard Bash Donation Challenge

The 2020 Pearl City Boulevard Bash scheduled for August 22nd was cancelled due to the unforeseen circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year the profits from the event go to local charitable causes. With no in-person Bash in 2020, we are...

 

The Lighter Side

First it was "alcohol kills Covid." Then "Heat may kill Covid." Now "Direct sunlight may kill Covid." So if you see me outside in my yard drunk, naked and lying in the sun, mind your own business!...

 

The Lighter Side

I have a rational fear of spiders. In know they're smaller than me, but so is a hand grenade. My body has absorbed so much soap and water, hand sanitizer and disinfectant that now when I pee I clean...

 

Selections From The Collections At FAM

As a way to thank the incredible number of local donors who continually support the Freeport Art Museum during these unprecedented times, FAM is delighted to announce the new exhibition, Selections...

 

Are You Ready For Some Football?

High School football will not take place until after Christmas, and many of the college teams are pushing their games back and cancelling non-conference battles. But ... as of this writing ... the...

 

The Lighter Side

Day 7 of quarantine: Struck up a conversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He's a web designer. You know, all these people who said we should shut down everything because of climate change are pro...

 

TLP "Bringing The Woods Home"

Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announced its 13th Annual GALA will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020. This year, for the first time in the GALA’s 13 year history, due to COVID gathering...

 

The Lighter Side

Sometimes I like to be alone with my thoughts doing absolutely nothing. It's not that I'm antisocial, I'm just pro-me. Do not take life too seriously ... you will never get out of it alive. My goal...

 

The Lighter Side

If anyone needs a ride to 2021, I'm leaving tomorrow. The next time a stranger talks to you when you're alone, just look at them shocked and whisper, "You can see me?" Be careful when you follow the...

 

The Great Communicator Comes To Freeport, Virtually

The Lincoln-Douglas Society of Freeport and Looking for Lincoln are proud to announce it will host "Lincoln, the Great Communicator" online specifically for a Freeport audience on July 15 at 7 pm....

 

Hello Galena! Art Festival Cancelled

Due to the ongoing risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th Annual Market House Square Art Festival scheduled for August 8 and 9 is now canceled. Artists and organizers have worked hard in preparation for this popular...

 

TLP Cancels 2020 Season

Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announces the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 complications. All TLP performances will be cancelled until 2021. “Next week, we would have...

 

The Lighter Side

Remember kids: Don't play with fireworks. Let the adults who have been drinking all day set them off. Nothing says, "Let's celebrate America" quite like drinking beer and playing with explosives. You...

 

St. John's Grace Meal

St. John's Lutheran Church will hold the July Community Grace Meal on Sunday, July 19 at 11:30 am -12:30 pm. The menu will be hot ham and cheese sandwiches, Calico Beans, coleslaw and cookies. The Grace Meal will be curbside pick-up only with all...

 

The Lighter Side

I wonder if clouds ever look down at us and say, "Hey look, that one is shaped like an idiot." Why is it after I push "one" for English, I still can't understand the person on the other end? Girls who...

 

NWILDD June Winners

The Daily Drawing (a cooperative fundraiser) is a drawing for 366 daily cash prizes from October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020 to those donating for a ticket. Cash prizes vary between $50 and $250. A ticket may win multiple times as each ticket...

 

Freeport Library To Open

The Freeport Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday, June 29th. A face covering will be required to enter the library, and the quarantine of all returned items for 72 hours will continue. Special disinfecting procedures have been put in...

 

How Are You Coping?

So how are you getting through the pandemic? Tired of Netflix? Finished all of those nagging home improvement projects? Sick of staring at the same four walls? After seeing my wife take off for yet...

 

Frame Your Family Continues

With photo challenges being so popular right now, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) has created the Frame Your Family Photo Challenge - because family is one of nature's masterpieces. A...

 

The Lighter Side

We hadn't run our "lighter side" feature in a while, and heard about it – so ... here ya go! Once they come out with a Cornovirus vaccine, I don't want to see any of you antivaxxers getting one. Don...

 

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