Fundraisers help Friends Forever Humane Society make ends meet – News – Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — It was a busy weekend for the volunteers and staff of Friends Forever Humane Society.

To kick things off at the shelter, there was a drive-through pumpkin purchase, complete with items to buy like pumpkins, squash, gourds, plants and fun Halloween costumes for cats and dogs.

Cars lined up in the parking lot to select the items for purchase. Everyone played it COVID-19 safe, and as she stood back to watch people purchase items or to donate money, Carol Falconer, executive director for the humane society, said, “This just makes me smile. People have been so generous to us during the pandemic, and to know we can make some money, allows us to know we can pay our electric bill.”

Kris Piper of Dakota took her time selecting just the right pumpkin. Jodie Modica, a volunteer, was patient as Piper changed her mind, and after Modica handed Piper

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Historical society celebrates Arcade Toy Co. at annual dinner – News – Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — The threat of rain couldn’t dim the spotlight thrown on Arcade Toy Co. at Sunday’s annual meeting and dinner held by the Stephenson County Historical Society.

The event had been postponed from the spring by the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, organizers hustled under threatening skies to move the event from a spot outdoors on the museum grounds into one of the exhibit buildings.

“The annual meeting and dinner is a tradition and something that we are required to do each year to update our members and the community on the business of the museum, and also use this as a fundraiser,” said Sharon Welton said, executive director of the Stephenson County Historical Society. “This is our way to bring our members together, to discuss the past year and tackle business matters.”

The museum has the largest collection of Arcade’s cast iron toys on exhibit, all of them manufactured

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