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Woodlawn Cemetery holds 2023 Memorial Day services

Woodlawn Cemetery held its Memorial Day services on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m.

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Local students named to NIU spring 2023 dean's list

Northern Illinois University recently announced its spring 2023 dean's list students.

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Svela wins Rochelle Chamber’s Lawn of the Week

DJ Svela was recently named the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce’s Lawn of the Week winner. The chamber has partnered with Rochelle Ace Hardware to award gift cards to the winners.

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RACF announces new Plant A Seed field-of-interest fund

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation (RACF) is thrilled to announce a new field-of-interest endowment fund called Plant A Seed fund. It provides funding to promote the science or practice of farming, agribusiness systems, animal systems, environmental service systems, natural resources systems, plant systems and power, structural and technological systems.

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Memorial Day 2023 celebrated in Rochelle on Monday with ceremony, parade

Memorial Day was celebrated on Monday in Rochelle with a parade and ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery that featured speeches by Mayor John Bearrows and representatives of VFW Post 3878 and American Legion Post 403.

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RTHS graduation ceremony honors class of 2023

Rochelle Township High School held its graduation ceremony for the class of 2023 on Saturday morning on the football field. The event included a performance by the RTHS choir and speeches by Principal Chris Lewis and students Miraya Montes and Paul Swartz.

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Girl Scouts, DAR place flags for Memorial Day

Members of Girl Scout Troop 409 assisted the Rochelle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in placing approximately 200 flags on veterans graves at Lawnridge Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

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Rochelle Schools wish retirees well

Retiring employees of both the Rochelle Elementary School District and the Rochelle Township High School District were recognized recently as they finished up their careers.

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RTHS’s White awarded IPA Teacher Leadership Award for region

Rochelle Township High School Principal Chris Lewis took the microphone at the May 19 end-of-the-year assembly to single out his nominee for the Illinois Principals Association Northwest Region Teacher Leadership Award. The auditorium filled with applause when he called Danae White’s name.

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Memorial Day weekend events set in Rochelle

On Monday, May 29, Memorial Day events are set to take place in Rochelle. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, and lineup will take place at 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 6th Street.

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County farmers seeing productive planting season with weather

Farmers in Ogle County have spent recent weeks on spring planting amid ideal weather and are on track to have their crops in the ground by the end of May, Ogle County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Kern said May 23.

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Pillen retires after 38 years as RTHS counselor: ’I will miss the kids most’

When Rochelle Township High School Counselor Laurie Pillen started in her position 38 years ago, the school had no honors or AP classes. The Kishwaukee Education Consortium dual-credit program was just getting started. RTHS didn’t have summer school (250-300 students now take a class each summer). Students’ social and emotional health was not a focus the way it is now. Pillen will retire at the end of the fiscal year. While education, curriculum, and even the school itself has changed during her time at RTHS, her love for her work has not.

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St. Paul Lutheran School names 2022-2023 4th quarter honor roll

St. Paul Lutheran School recently named its fourth quarter honor roll and its valedictorian and salutatorian for the St. Paul Class of 2023.

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Beckman wins grand prize at RTHS EOY assembly

Rochelle Township High School sophomore Christopher Beckman was the winner of the 2023 Renaissance Grand Prize at RTHS’s May 19 end-of-year assembly.

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Municipal Band summer schedule set

The Municipal Band will be performing its first concert as part of the City of Rochelle-funded 2023 Municipal Band Concert Series Wednesday, May 31 at The Atwood Park Band Shell at 7:30 p.m.

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Rochelle Kiwanis Club sponsors Kissack’s Camp Independence enrollment

The Rochelle Kiwanis Club, thanks to the hard work and efforts of John Schinzer, was able to sponsor Bryn Kissack's enrollment into Camp Independenc

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RTHS students participate in KEC’s mass casualty drill

On Wednesday, May 17 at the Kishwaukee Education Consortium Campus in Malta, students from KEC’s certified nursing assistant, fire science, criminal justice, medical terminology and sports medicine programs participated in an all-day mass casualty drill.

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RFD staffing expansion: ‘It's an investment back in our people’

At a special meeting on April 25, the Rochelle City Council voted 6-1 to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 3445 that will see six more full-time firefighter/paramedics added to RFD. The city will hire three firefighter/paramedics before the end of 2024 and three more by Jan. 1, 2026.

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City council: Bar liquor license moratorium extended

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance extending its moratorium on the issuance of any new class B (bar) liquor licenses until May 1, 2025.

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City works on strategy, possible incentive program to lure additional grocery store to Rochelle

In a community survey put out by the City of Rochelle back in 2020, the number-one resident desire was seeing an additional grocery store open in town. City staff has worked in recent years to help facilitate that, including considering offering incentives, reaching out to grocery store companies, and looking at sites that would lend themselves well to another grocery store due to location or tax increment financing eligibility.

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Roberts Armory WWII Museum open for Memorial Day 2023

Roberts Armory World War II Museum will be open to the public on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, from 1-4 p.m.

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Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department fish fry is June 2

The Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department in Lindenwood is holding their 70th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, June 2 from 4-7 p.m. at the Lindenwood Fire Station (15940 E. Lindenwood Road, Lindenwood).

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County board: Ordinances passed to meet new state solar and wind statutes

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Ogle County Board unanimously passed three ordinances and unanimously repealed its previous solar resolution to meet a recently-passed state statute that sets statewide standards for wind and solar farm siting and takes away previous local controls such as at the county level.

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RPD sees record turnout for ‘Cop on Rooftop’ event for Special Olympics Illinois

On Friday, the Rochelle Police Department held its annual ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ campaign at Dunkin’ Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. Officers and members of RPD were in the drive thru and on the roof of the business.

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9 local businesses receive awards at 2023 Chamber dinner event

The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner and awards night on Thursday at the Kennay Farms Distilling Rick House. The event saw nine local businesses honored for their work in the past year.

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RTHS hosts 38th annual art show

The Rochelle Township High School art department had its 38th annual art show on May 11. Over 250 works in 13 different categories were on display.

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Patel awarded DAR state scholarship

Regent Laurie Perry of the Rochelle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented the $1,000 Illinois State Organization, NSDAR general scholarship to Zalak Patel.

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Anytime Fitness hosts Member Appreciation Day

On Monday, Anytime Fitness of Rochelle hosted its Member Appreciation Day. The day included free classes for members and nonmembers, games, raffles, snacks and coffee.

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Ribbon cutting held for Shane Huber State Farm’s new location

On Friday, an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony were held for Shane Huber State Farm’s new location at 221 E. Illinois Route 38. The event included food and refreshments.

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Pegasus Special Riders hosts grand reopening event following storm damage events

On Friday, May 12, a grand reopening and ribbon cutting event was held at Pegasus Special Riders in Oregon following the structure completion of its arena. The facilities at Pegasus Special Riders sustained storm damage twice last year, halting its operations.

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Park board: Gonzales appointed, sworn in to fill board vacancy

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners held interviews with board applicants to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Ryan Tartaglia's resignation. Following applicant interviews in executive session, the board voted unanimously to appoint Kristi Gonzales to the commissioner position for a two-year term. She was then sworn in by Park District Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger.

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High school board: Upcoming district retirees recognized

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School District Board of Education recognized the district's upcoming retirees. The six retirees have a total of 165 years of service between them.

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Memorial Day 2023 celebrated in Rochelle on Monday

Memorial Day was celebrated on Monday in Rochelle with a parade and ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery that featured speeches by Mayor John Bearrows and representatives of VFW Post 3878 and American Legion Post 403.

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