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Park district board: Helms Park project design plans being reworked

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners heard an update from Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger on its Helms Park project. 
At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners heard an update from Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger on its Helms Park project. 
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he community is encouraged to attend a tree planting at the Flagg Township Museum. The museum lost a tree on the west side of the building in 2023 and Girl Scouts from Troop 409 along with other Girl Scouts from Southern Ogle Service Unit will be planting a new tree at the museum on Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Flagg Township Museum to host tree planting, Dog Day, marker dedication
The community is encouraged to attend a tree planting at the Flagg Township Museum. The museum lost a tree on the west side of the building in 2023 and Girl Scouts from Troop 409 along with other Girl Scouts from Southern Ogle Service Unit will be planting a new tree at the museum on Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, April 13, Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-16) hosted his art show reception and announced the winners of the 2024 16th Congressional District Art Competition. The 16th Congressional District Art Competition is an annual opportunity to showcase artistic high schoolers in central and northern Illinois. Rochelle Township High School’s Denia Rincon earned an honorable mention recognition for her piece “Motor Garden.”
RTHS’s Rincon earns honorable mention in 16th Congressional District Art Competition
On Saturday, April 13, Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-16) hosted his art show reception and announced the winners of the 2024 16th Congressional District Art Competition. The 16th Congressional District Art Competition is an annual opportunity to showcase artistic high schoolers in central and northern Illinois. Rochelle Township High School’s Denia Rincon earned an honorable mention recognition for her piece “Motor Garden.”
On Friday, April 12, Seth Gelander, president, and Dave Gerber, treasurer, of the Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club, made a heartfelt contribution to the Shriner’s Hospital in honor of Donald Vogeler.
Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club makes donation to Shriner’s Hospital in honor of Donald Vogeler
On Friday, April 12, Seth Gelander, president, and Dave Gerber, treasurer, of the Rochelle Wildlife Conservation Club, made a heartfelt contribution to the Shriner’s Hospital in honor of Donald Vogeler.
Junior Elijah Harley takes a swing during the Rochelle Hub varsity baseball game against Rockford Guilford on Saturday.

Baseball: Metzger leads Hubs to win over Rockford Guilford

Senior shortstop Brock Metzger went 2-for-2 with one double, three runs and three RBIs on Saturday afternoon, when the Rochelle Hub varsity baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak and scored a much-needed victory against Rockford Guilford.

Sports
Senior Irving Escalante hits his stride during the 3200-meter relay.
Boys Track: Rochelle takes third in 47th Annual Hub Relays
The Rochelle Hub track and field team hosted the 47th Annual Hub Relays at Rochelle Township High School on Saturday afternoon, finishing third out of eight schools with 101 total points.
Junior Lauren Dyer threw a complete game to lead the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team over Forreston on Friday evening.
Softball: Dyer twirls complete game shutout against Forreston
Junior Lauren Dyer looked like an ace in the circle when the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity softball team hosted its nonconference game against Forreston on Friday evening.
Rochelle senior Loretta Atkinson will be continuing her academics and her basketball career at Kishwaukee College next year.
Girls Basketball: Atkinson signs with Kishwaukee College
Senior Loretta Atkinson saw her role with the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity basketball team continue to grow after transitioning up from the junior varsity level.
Opinion
Lowell Harp

The tragic history of Israel and the Palestinians

The long and bloody history leading to the war in Gaza brings to mind ancient Greek tragedies, in which the characters were helpless against fate, the laws of the universe, and their own mistakes. A similar feeling of tragic destiny hovers over Israel and the Palestinians. It arises in their case from human nature — and economics.

Duncan: Time to move forward on trade

In 2001, I participated in Illinois Farm Bureau’s inaugural Market Study Tour to China. Our group visited a training kitchen where chefs were learning recipes featuring U.S. beef and pork products. In the kitchen’s cooler, I discovered the pork was from a facility in Waterloo, Iowa, where many of my own hogs were processed.
As part of the federal Inflation Reduction Act the USDA is awarding grant monies for a new Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
On April 12, 1955, Jonas Salk invented the Polio vaccine.  This changed the future of Polio in the United States. 
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Betty Skretteberg
Betty Skretteberg
Betty Skretteberg, 97, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Manor Court in Rochelle IL.
Diana C. Moreno
Diana C. Moreno was born December 25, 1945 in Chicago to James and Esther (nee Marx) Bateman.  She passed away April 12, 2024 at The Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. 
William “Bill” Kirchhofer. 
William ‘Bill’ Kirchhofer 
You are invited to pay respect for the life of William “Bill” Kirchhofer. 
Arline L. Thompson, 93, passed away peacefully with family by her side Monday, April 8, 2024 at The Meadows in Franklin Grove, Illinois. 
Arline L. Thompson
Arline L. Thompson, 93, passed away peacefully with family by her side Monday, April 8, 2024 at The Meadows in Franklin Grove, Illinois. 
Bonnie Winn Seebach
Bonnie Winn Seebach
Bonnie Winn Seebach, 78, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. 
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