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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‘Real Housewives’ star reveals mother-in-law died in crash, daughter recovering

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” star Brandi Redmond is asking fans for prayers for her family.

The 42-year-old TV personality revealed on Saturday that her 9-year-old daughter, Brinkley, was involved in a car crash that killed her mother-in-law, Jill Marie Redmond.

“My husbands beautiful mom has gone on to be with our Savior and my sister in laws said it best…so I PLEASE ask that you keep my family in your prayers during this difficult time,” she wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a gallery of sweet family photographs.

In the photos, Jill Marie Redmond can be seen with her children and grandchildren, often flashing a beaming smile.

Jill Marie Redmond in a family photo. (Instagram)
Jill Marie Redmond in a family photo. (Instagram)

Without revealing specific details regarding her daughter’s condition, Redmond asked her followers to keep Brinkley in their thoughts as she recovers from the accident.

“I ask that you lift my sweet Brinkley up as she

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Shropshire Star comment: Society under stress

A generic stock photo of a woman feeling stressed.

This is a society under collective stress. Stress about the disease, stress about not being able to see loved ones and friends, stress about work, stress about not being able to find work, stress about financial consequences, and so on.

It has been unrelieved. Whereas once you could have taken a break and relaxed with a holiday, or made a trip to the pub, cinema, or theatre, or football match, the restrictions have had their effect on all those things.

It’s all worry and not much play. And over time that’s going to have an impact, although how long-lasting and far-reaching that is will not be apparent for a while.

Experts are at the moment studying what the pandemic means for mental health. A survey by the Mental Health Foundation has found that 82 per cent of adults reported having experienced

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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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“Secret Society” Star Niles Fitch on Being Disney’s First Live Action Black Prince

This is Us star Niles Fitch has officially made history as Disney’s first live-action Black prince in the new Disney+ movie, Secret Society of Second-Born Royals, and the actor says that it feels “amazing” to have such an important role.

Niles told Hollywood Life that he’s thrilled about the role and its major step for representation. “It’s not even the fact that I’m doing it, but it’s more the fact that people are going to be able to see that on the big screen,” he shared. “When I think about my experiences, the first time I was really able to see that was Black Panther. I remember how it positively affected me, and I love Chadwick [Boseman].”

According to Niles, his role as the charismatic Prince Tuma gives other young men like him the chance to see themselves onscreen. “To know that I’m in a position to … be that

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