Stateline Chamber Celebrates Excellence by Giving Awards to Local Businesses & Individuals

We held our inaugural Awards Banquet on Friday – and it was a blast! Nearly 200 people were in attendance waiting to see which of the finalists was chosen to walk away with 7 different awards.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award was given to K. Paige for their fun & fashionable boutique store in Downtown Roscoe. K. Paige opened in 2016 to huge support, and in return, K. Paige owner Brooke Anderson gives back by partnering with the Chamber to help run the Women @ Work committee and numerous events. Other finalists were Louie’s Tap House and 808 Cheesecake, both of them opening in early 2017.

The Pride of the Stateline award winner is Stateline Baseball. Their community league serves 500+ kids in 4 programs, with over 300 games played between almost 50 separate teams – every single year. Stateline Baseball has been around for over 40 years offering another great reason for people to live, work, and play in the Stateline region. While many surrounding community leagues are drying out, Stateline has thrived – growing its program through strong character building, organizational strength, and a focus on the fun of the game. Other finalists were Oak Strength and Mike Prosser.

Ryan Rydell received the Community Service award. He was the Rockton Chamber President during the merger process and was critical to its success. He currently serves as the Chamber’s VP, and is on the Marketing, Finance, & Personnel Committees, as well as many event committees. He has worked with Stateline Baseball for over 6 years as a sponsor, coach & board member, 4 of them as President. Ryan started the programs Winter Training, and Stateline Thunder programs, and created the Coaches Clincher tournament that raises money for the Greg Lindmark Foundation. Ryan mentors & coaches at HHS in their IncubatorEDU program plus many other HS initiatives. His business, RyCOM Creative Corp also donates services for many local events like the benefit festivals Hanz Brew Fest and Midwest Oktoberfest. Jeremy Jones & Roscoe Lions Club were the other 3 finalists for the community service award.

The Business of the Year is All World Machinery. Moving their corporate office to Roscoe back in 2015 was a big boost for Roscoe. Their continued expansion supports job growth and economic impact, offering nearly 200 new jobs within 5 years of opening. In December 2015, when the HS Dome collapsed, the RORO Expo didn’t have many options for a location without going into Wisconsin or Rockford. All World came to the rescue, offering their facility to host the event, saving the 2016 RORO Expo from possible cancellation. All World remains a big supporter of the Chamber and has plans to expand further while continuing to support their community. Finalists RyCOM Creative Corp. and Oak Strength were also honored.

Jim & John Balsley of Balsley Printing received the Lifetime Achievement Award. They recently retired, passing the reigns of their family business to the 4th generation of Balsleys. Their printing business has been a staple of long-term success in the Rockton community for over 100 years, with Jim & John leading the charge for the past 30+ years. Balsley has been the Chamber’s go-to printer for many years. They even printed the invites, programs, and donation envelopes for the Awards Banquet. Their commitment to Rockton and their support of the Chamber sets them apart, and we wish them a very happy retirement. Marge Bauch & Toni Brown were also honored as finalists for this award.

The Ambassador Club crowned Keith Wicklund the Ambassador of the year. He is a shining beacon of what a Chamber Ambassador should be. Keith attends nearly all the clubs events, Chamber Ribbon Cuttings, and even helps coordinate some scholarship fundraisers to help the club give away thousands to deserving local students. His response to the award is a great example of why he is so deserving. Keith said, “I wanted someone else to win”.

The Member of the Year award was granted to Clyde Grooms. Chamber President, Laura Baluch, said that Clyde’s commitment to the Chamber merger helped separate him from others. He worked with the transition committee to manage the most critical transition issues, and when that job was done, stepped right in as the chairman of the Membership Committee. He is always attending Chamber events, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes UW Health Pediatric Cardiologist

SwedishAmerican Welcomes UW Health Pediatric Cardiologist

Margaret Greco, MD


SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to announce it is bringing pediatric cardiovascular medicine to Rockford. Dr. Margaret Greco, UW Health Pediatric Cardiologist, will see patients in the Renaissance Pavilion, 1340 Charles Street, Suite 300.

Dr. Greco is a faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  She is board certified in pediatric cardiology and pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Greco completed her internship, residency and fellowship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in Chicago. Her clinical interests include echocardiography, congenital heart disease and preventative cardiology.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greco, please call (779) 696-2411.


About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Blackhawk Bank Announces New Office In Janesville


April 4, 2017 (Beloit, WI) – Blackhawk Bank announces that it has acquired property at 2525 Milton Avenue in Janesville and plans to open a full-service office at that location later in the year. Through this expanded commitment to the Janesville area, residents and business owners in northern Rock County will enjoy the benefit of a convenient local banking center, ATM, drive thru, mortgage services, trusted business advice, commercial cash management services, and access to investment advisors.

Current Blackhawk Bank staff, and additional staff hired from the Janesville area, are expected to begin serving clients at the Holiday Drive / Milton Avenue office sometime during the third or fourth quarter. Announcements for a grand opening celebration will be shared closer to the actual opening date. Blackhawk has served the Janesville community since August of 2014 from the Blackhawk Bank Mortgage & Commercial Loan office, located at 200 W. Milwaukee Street, which is expected to be closed as the new office opens.

Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners since 1881.  In addition to the new, full service office in Janesville, Wisconsin, the Bank operates seven full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit, Wisconsin. The Bank also operates a Mortgage Processing Center in Rockford, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at

2017 Awards Finalists Announced

Our 2017 Awards Banquet is set for April 21st, and we now have our list of finalists for the Awards. We would like to thank the community for all of the great nominations you sent in. There are a lot of wonderful people and organizations in the Stateline area, and we feel that these finalists are a shining example of that.

We will announce the winners of each award at the banquet, in addition to the Ambassadors’ pick for Ambassador of the Year, and the Board of Directors’ pick for Member of the Year. To secure your tickets to the banquet, you can call into the office, or send in this registration form.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

This award recognizes a new Stateline Chamber member business for their excellence in a new business venture. Businesses that have been open for less than 2 years are eligible. We encourage you to nominate businesses that have made an immediate impact on the community.


808 Cheesecake – With their incredibly tasty cakes, 808 Cheesecake is a new business in Roscoe that is primed to be around for a while. We are happy to have such a unique business in our area.

K. Paige – A boutique shop that has something for just about anyone, K. Paige opened in a location that seemed the be cursed. Now its a destination shop for the fashion lover. Plus, K. Paige is a huge supporter of the Chamber, w/ their owner Brooke Anderson as the head of the Woman @ Work.

Louie’s Tap House – Taking over the old Clubhouse space, Louie’s opened to thunderous support. The Tap House offers the area’s largest offering of craft beers on tap in a great atmosphere. Plus, with a wonderful food menu, serving breakfast lunch and dinner in their Breakfast & Dining Room, they really make Roscoe that much better.

Community Service Award

This award recognizes a business or individual which shows a dedication to community service, both literally and figuratively. Long term volunteerism should be recognized. This award is a way of showing that we appreciate what those volunteers do for the Stateline.


Jeremy Jones – With his positive attitude, and great support for the Chamber, Jeremy is an asset to the Stateline area. He serves as a Chamber Ambassador, a mentor for the High School’s Entrepreneurship class, and on multiple Chamber event committees, including the Scholarship Committee where he helps give away thousands to area students.

Roscoe Lions Club – Hosting numerous charity events, and giving back to the community, the Roscoe Lions Club makes our area better through their charitable giving. Some great events are the Fall Festival and the Easter egg hunt, to name a couple.

Ryan Rydell – Both personally and through his business, RyCOM Creative Corp, Ryan is dedicated to the community. Serves as President, sponsor, and coach for Stateline Baseball, a mentor & coach for the High School’s Entrepreneurship class, helps run the Hanz Brew Fest & Midwest Oktoberfest charity beer festivals, and serves the Chamber is the VP and on multiple committees.

Pride of the Stateline Award

This award recognizes an individual, business or organization for their contributions to the Stateline community. The things that make the Stateline great deserve to be lifted up, but sometimes we take for granted what we have. This award helps to recognize what we have and shouts out loud that we are proud of our own.


Mike Prosser – The 2016 RORO Expo came with many challenges, and Mike stood through it all in his first year as chairman. Mike is a member of the Roscoe Zoning Board and runs a number of great local businesses, including Firehouse Pub & Forest Ridge Events – both of which are great supporters of the Chamber.

Oak Strength – They strive to reach all people in meaningful ways, and even donates $1 to a charity for every time a person checks into their business on facebook. Owner Adam Lane helps the HHS Track program through endurance training, and the company supports local Police and Fire Departments through their Sweat for Badges program.

Stateline Baseball – The area’s oldest and largest league, Stateline Baseball offers a regular season program, fall ball program, winter training, tournament teams, and charity events to the Stateline community for over 40 years. They serve 500+ young ball players each year, with 100+ ball games to over 40 teams year round.

Business of the Year

This award recognizes a Stateline Chamber Member Business for a year of excellence. Growth, economic impact, community support, etc… the Business of the Year shows excellence in everything they do.


All World Machinery – Choosing Roscoe for their corporate office had a great impact on our community, offering nearly 200 new jobs within 5 years. The new office is a beautiful addition to the i90/Rockton Rd. intersection. Plus, all on their own, they offered to host the 2016 RORO Expo when the HS Dome collapsed, saving the event from possible cancellation.

Oak Strength – Gaining an all around 5 Star rating for strength, condition, mobility, nutrition, and life training, Oak Strength has developed an amazing community that builds up its members in physical and mental strength. Now in business for 4 years, and Owner (Adam Lane), Chamber Ambassador, grew the business from their Garage to what it is today.

RyCOM Creative Corp. – Now 6 years in business, RyCOM is the Stateline area’s only full-time, full-service marketing & design firm. 2016 was an explosive year for RyCOM as they grew their client list, their personnel, and their office space. They support countless charitable causes with free marketing services or financial support and are always helping to make the Chamber better.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes a business or individual which has a strong history of excellence. Long term sustainable success is hard to come by. To look back on your lifetime with personal pride is a wonderful achievement. This award is a way of showing that their peers look back with them and share that same level of pride.


John & Jim Balsley – Balsley Printing has been a staple business in Rockton for 100+ years, supplying great local service in the printing industry. After 44 years of running the business, the Balsley Brothers have retired and passed the reigns to the next generation.

Marge Bauch – At the helm of the family business (Roscoe Ready Mix) for 26 years, Marge has a long history of community service. She has served the Chamber as Board Secretary and currently heads up our Ambassadors Club.

Toni Brown – Dedication to community and 25+ Years of business (Stepping Stones), priceless support of local causes, events, and Chamber initiatives, including her current role with the Ambassador’s club, Scholarship Committee, and RORO Expo.

Goldie B. Floberg Center Receives Grant

Goldie B. Floberg Center receives $12,000 Blazer Foundation grant


Rockton, IL (April 4, 2017) – Goldie B. Floberg Center received a grant of $12,000 from the Blazer Foundation to help fund annual participation for children and adults in camp and therapeutic riding active therapies.


The Blazer Foundation grant will support funding of the Goldie B. Floberg Center annual active therapies programs participation for 2017. Children and adults with developmental disabilities served by Goldie B. Floberg Center participate in therapeutic riding and annual camps, depending on personal desire and therapeutic needs. Individual benefits include social skill building, physical therapy, emotional and behavioral benefits, as well as building positive relationships and life experiences which transfer into everyday life.

The $12,000 grant is a portion of a total annual program budget which is not reimbursed by State funds. Goldie B. Floberg Center CEO, John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, stated, “We cannot thank Blazer Foundation enough for its generosity and compassion for the folks we serve. We believe every individual has a right to access the experiences and benefits of these programs. With these funds, we can offer this option without having to divert funds from elsewhere in our budget and without having to decide that this year someone won’t have the opportunity to participate in something that brings them so much fulfillment.”


Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center will celebrate 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Today, Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.

SwedishAmerican and UW Health to Host Free Bariatric Surgery Community Talk

SwedishAmerican and UW Health to Host

FREE Bariatric Surgery Community Talk

If you’ve ever wondered whether bariatric surgery is right for you, SwedishAmerican and UW Health invite you to attend a FREE informational session led by Dr. Michael Garren, Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Management program at UW Health. Attendees also will have the opportunity to hear from a current patient in the weight management program.

Learn how the extensive support services and premium treatment offered by the UW Health Surgical Weight Management Program could help you lose weight safely, restore health and improve your quality of life. Attendees will learn about the following topics:

  • Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?
  • What are your surgical options?
  • What can you expect from our program?
  • Life after bariatric surgery


The presentation will take place on Monday, May 1 from 6 – 7:30 PM at the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, 3535 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, April 28 at For questions or more information, contact Keely Jeppson at (608) 262-0950.


About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Advia Foundation Prepares to Help Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity

Advia Foundation to donate $100 to Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity for every mortgage application received April 1 – June 30 in the area


Janesville, WI–The Advia Foundation is working to provide safe, affordable housing in the communities it serves through a new campaign tied to its mortgage services that runs April 1 – June 30. During this three-month period, the Foundation is pledging to donate $100 to the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, IL, for every new mortgage application that Advia Credit Union receives in the area.


“Families in need of affordable housing live everywhere,” says Julie Birman, a member of the Advia Foundation Board of Directors. “At Advia we are committed to advancing lives and we believe a safe, healthy and affordable place to live helps build stronger families by reducing stress and building self-reliance and confidence for everyone living in the home.”


Advia Credit Union has 26 branches in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois and will donate to Habitat organizations in each of its regions. Because Spring is typically a popular month for new home sales, the Foundation is estimating the total donation to be up to $25,000 which will be distributed to Habitat organizations in Southwest Michigan, Eastern Michigan, South Central Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.


In addition, Advia staff will be swinging hammers and pouring driveways as they support the cause by volunteering at Habitat build sites in all the credit union regions. The Credit union encourages staff volunteerism by paying them to take up to 24 hours away from work each year to volunteer with a charity of their choosing.


Beloit Snappers Release Opening Day Roster


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                             April 1, 2017


Snappers Unveil 2017 Opening Day Roster


BELOIT, WI – The Oakland Athletics and Beloit Snappers have announced the 2017 Single-A Opening Day roster.  The active roster, as of April 1, will include 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and four outfielders.


Ten players on the Opening Day roster spent time in Beloit during the 2016 season.  Twenty-one players are draft picks by the Oakland Athletics including 10 selections from the June 2016 draft.  Four of the 10 players from the 2016 draft class were chosen in the first nine rounds of the draft.  Three players are original international signees by the Athletics and one was acquired via trade.  Two out of 25 Snappers saw playing time with the Oakland Athletics during 2017 Major League Spring Training.


“We are excited to welcome this group of young talent,” says Snappers General Manager Seth Flolid.  “Oakland has revitalized their farm system through the draft since our relationship began in 2013 and this roster reflects that effort.  Beloit is thrilled to be a launching pad for these future Athletics.”


The Beloit Snappers will begin their 36th season on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.  The Snappers will host their annual Meet the Team event on Tuesday, April 4 at Beloit Memorial High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Below is the complete list of players opening the season with the Snappers as of April 1.  A complete roster reflecting initial assignments is also attached.




Xavier Altamirano:  A returner from the 2016 Opening Day roster, the 22-year-old got a win in his Snappers debut thanks to a snow-shorted game against Wisconsin on April 8.  He found himself on the disabled list in mid-May after eight appearances and reported to short season Vermont in June.  He was one of four Lake Monsters was named a New York-Penn League All-Star and finished the season with a 2.48 ERA.  He was drafted by the Athletics in 2015 out of Oral Roberts.


Brandon Bailey:  Bailey was a sixth-round choice by the Athletics in the June 2016 draft.  He played collegiately at Gonzaga and split his first professional season between Vermont and the AZL A’s serving both as a starter and reliever.


Boomer Biegalski:  Boomer returns to Beloit after spending all of 2016 with the Snappers.  He led last year’s pitching staff with 153.1 innings of work and 115 strikeouts.  He also had a team-high of 8 winning decisions.  The Florida State product was also one of five Snappers in the Midwest League All-Star Game last season.


Heath Bowers:  The Athletics 24th round pick in the 2015 draft led the 2016 Vermont Lake Monsters with 71 innings of work.  He was also second on the club with 10 starts.  He has made all 30 of his professional outings with the Athletics short season affiliate and is making his first jump to full-season ball.


Brendan Butler:  The 23-year-old Butler pitched at three levels in the Athletics developmental system in 2016, but most of his time was in Beloit.  Butler started nine games for the Snappers, made seven appearances on the mound for Vermont, and made two outings for High-A Stockton early in the season.  He threw a five-inning complete-game against Kane County onAugust 4 in Beloit.


Dakota Chalmers:  Drafted by the Athletics in the third round of the 2015 draft, Chalmers is still 20 years old and playing in his third season since coming out of high school in Georgia.  He signed for $1.2 million to pull him away from a commitment to the University of Georgia and is regarded as Oakland’s No. 14 prospect according to  Last season with Vermont, he led the team in strikeouts (62).


Ty Damron:  The Athletics drafted the left-handed Texan in the 15th round of the 2016 draft.  He pitched at short season Vermont after signing.  He was drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 draft by the Dodgers, but he chose to play college baseball at Texas Tech instead.


Will Gilbert:  After four seasons at North Carolina State, Oakland grabbed Gilbert in the eighth round of the 2016 draft.  The southpaw played with Vermont after signing and came out of the bullpen 15 times while striking out 31 hitters over 25-plus innings.


Nick Highberger:  After a 12-3 record in four years at Creighton University with an ERA of 2.84, the Athletics drafted Highberger last June in the 30th round.  He spent much of the 2016 season with the AZL A’s, but did get a win for High-A Stockton on September 4.


Matt Milburn:  A native of Dallas, Millburn was a 29th round pick by Oakland last June.  He appeared in a total of 14 games between the Arizona Rookie League and short season Vermont.  The 23-year-old played college baseball at Wofford.


Michael Murray:  Murray made his professional debut with Beloit in 2016 with a two-hit performance at Kane County on May 28.  He was drafted by the Athletics in the 32nd round of the 2015 draft but did not play that year due to a right elbow injury.  He played collegiately at Florida Gulf Coast and was a Louisville Slugger All-American in 2014 and a Freshman All-American in 2013.


Dalton Sawyer:  Sawyer played his college baseball with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.  The 23-year-old Waconia, MN native was taken in the ninth round of the June 2016 draft by the Athletics.  After signing with Oakland, Dalton spent the remainder of the 2016 season pitching for Vermont.


Andrew Tomasovich:  Another returning Snapper, Tomasovich made 33 outings out of the Beloit bullpen in 2016.  The lefty from Charlotte struck out 50 batters in less than 40 innings of work.





Jason Goldstein:  Goldstein became Oakland property in an offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners.  He was originally a ninth-round pick by the Mariners in the 2016 draft and played for their short season affiliate in Everett, WA after signing.  The 23-year-old is from Highland Park, IL and played college baseball at the University of Illinois.  He played for the Madison Mallards in 2015 and during their 2013 Northwoods World Series title season.


Collin Theroux:  A 32nd round pick by Oakland last June, the 23-year-old Theroux reached Beloit at the end of last season.  Theroux even saw action in two Major League Spring Training games with the Athletics in 2017.  He finished his college career last year at Oklahoma State when the Cowboys made a run to the College World Series.  Theroux also spent the 2015 summer in the Northwoods League with the Madison Mallards.




Edwin Diaz:  Entering his fifth professional season, Diaz returns to the Snappers after previous time in Beloit in 2015 and 2016.  The 21-year-old set career-best numbers in several statistical categories last season, and he was drafted by Oakland in 2013 out of Puerto Rico.  Diaz also appeared in four Major League Spring Training games with Oakland this year.


Trace Loehr:  The Athletics drafted Trace out of high school in 2014 in the sixth round.  He spent all of 2016 with Beloit and led the Snappers with 7 triples.  He was Midwest League Player of the Week for August 22-28 after going 15-for-27 (.556) with 5 doubles.


Eric Marinez:  The 21-year-old Dominican led the Vermont Lake Monsters with 3 triples in 2016.  He signed with the Athletics in 2012 as an international free agent.


Miguel Mercedes:  Mercedes moves up to Beloit after leading the New York-Penn League in home runs (12) during the 2016 season.  The 21-year-old was also a league All-Star and was Player of the Week for June 20-26 after going 11-for-26 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI.  He enters his fifth professional season since signing with the Athletics in 2013 at age 16.


Nate Mondou:  Selected by the Athletics last June in the 13th round of the draft, Mondou was an All-Star in his first season as a pro player with Vermont.  He was also First Team All-ACC for the 2015 and 2016 seasons while playing at Wake Forest.


Kyle Nowlin:  Nowlin is a Harrison, OH native and played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky.  His 21 home runs as a senior led all of NCAA Division I at the end of the regular season.  He was drafted by the Phillies in 2015 but returned to EKU for his senior season.




Luis Barrera:  Barrera reached Beloit in August 2016 to close out the season with the Snappers.  He hit .286 over that month with seven hits going for extra bases.  The Dominican outfielder will play his age 21 season in 2017 and signed with the Athletics in 2012 as an international free agent.


Cole Gruber:  Gruber enters his second professional season after leading the Arizona Rookie League in 2016 with 28 stolen bases.  The left-handed hitting speedster also is the all-time leader in career stolen bases at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Oakland drafted Gruber in the 27th round last June.


Mike Martin:  Martin joined the Snappers last June after beginning the season in Extended Spring Training.  He was placed on the disabled list on July 16 and missed the rest of the year after playing 34 games.  The 24-year-old is from Hoffman Estates, IL and played college baseball at Harvard.  He was drafted by Oakland in the 33rd round of the 2015 draft.


JaVon Shelby:  The 21-year-old Shelby was drafted by the Athletics last June in the 5th round.  After signing, he played in one game for the AZL A’s before he was elevated to Vermont.  He played collegiately at Kentucky and was first drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 37th round of the 2013 draft.


The Beloit Snappers are a member of the Midwest League and have been the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics since 2013.  Opening Day for the Snappers 36th season is April 6, 2017 at Pohlman Field as the Snappers host the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

SwedishAmerican Announces Grant

SwedishAmerican Foundation Announces $150,000

Caring For Our Community Grant Program


The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce it will award grants totaling $150,000 through its new Caring For Our Community grant program. The Foundation will provide financial support to not-for-profit organizations, particularly those that complement the SwedishAmerican Foundation mission and vision, making the Rockford region a healthier and more secure place to live, work and raise families. The grant application will be available Monday, April 3 through Monday, May 1.

This unique opportunity is available to not-for-profit entities, organizations that serve or represent the Rockford community, or communities within the service area of SwedishAmerican. Projects should support alleviating homelessness, hunger and un(under)employed, improve wellness, expand early childhood development and improve offender rehabilitation/reintegration. Capital requests will not be accepted.

The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting grant requests which benefit SwedishAmerican’s neighborhood, defined by an 81-block-area surrounding the hospital campus, north to Rural Street, south to Railroad Avenue, west to 7th Street and east to Prospect Street. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to support grant projects which benefit the citizens of the west side of Rockford – north to Auburn Street, south to Harrison Avenue, west of the Rock River and east to Springfield Avenue. Projects in other neighborhoods may still be considered.

“For nearly 20 years, the SwedishAmerican Foundation has had the privilege of reaching beyond the walls of our hospital and making significant investments in our community,” says SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “We’re excited to announce the SwedishAmerican Caring for Our Community Grant and allow our non-profits to partner with us to help make the region the very best it can be.”

In order to be considered, all grants must be submitted to the SwedishAmerican Foundation by 5 PM on Monday, May 1. Grants will be awarded once per year in August.

To apply and view the SwedishAmerican Foundation Caring For Our Community grant application and guidelines, please visit or call the Foundation at (779) 696-2496.

Happenings at RORO Expo 2017

If you are planning on coming to RORO Expo at Roscoe Middle School April 1st & 2nd, and we hope you all are, there are some exciting things happening that you should check out while you’re there. Besides all of our vendor booths, of course.


Bright and early you will find the pancake breakfast put together by Northern Winnebago County Rotary Club. Breakfast starts one hour before RORO opens both days. You can find it in the cafeteria. Please use the bus side doors to get in. Cost is $5 per person.


Mark’s Pizza​ will be having a pizza eating contest. Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Only one way to find out.


Pickles the Clown​ will be there with balloons, and Roscoe True Value Hardware and Rental​ & Stepping Stones Child’s Center​ are bringing a petting zoo, bounce house, games and more. Bring the kids and don’t forget to bring your camera!


CAM Music with DJ Chip Messner will be on-hand supplying some great entertainment as you walk around the vendor areas.


On behalf of Michael, Mickey, and Lori, a big thank you goes out to everyone participating in the 2017 RORO Expo. Especially MP Heating and Cooling for all of their volunteers, the entire RORO Committee, volunteers from the Stateline Chamber​, all of the businesses who have purchased a booth, and last but certainly not least, Kelli Freedlund and all of Roscoe Middle School​ for allowing RORO to be at their facility.


Just as a reminder, the chamber office will be closed Thursday, March 30th as well as Friday, March 31st in preparation for the weekend. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, April 3rd.