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Indian Summer

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
Many kids and adults took advantage of the unusually warm temperatures Monday afternoon to complete yard work or just play. After school, many kids and parents were found running around Cooper Park as the warm weather was not expected to stay for long. At right, Mackayla Downing and Elyse Manning swing on the tire swing at Kids' Ground. (Photo
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Irish Monkeys Craft and Vendor Show set for Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The Irish Monkeys Annual Craft and Vendor Show date has been set for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Hickory Grove Banquet Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Irish Monkeys are a family team that participates in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. The team members who are diabetic, including their family cheering squad, want to bring diabetes
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Irish Monkeys Craft and Vendor Show set for Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The Irish Monkeys Annual Craft and Vendor Show date has been set for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Hickory Grove Banquet Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Irish Monkeys are a family team that participates in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. The team members who are diabetic, including their family cheering squad, want to bring diabetes
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Laying the groundwork

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
Work on the Veterans Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetary is nearing completion as memorial bricks were laid around the memorial Monday. A total of 562 engraved bricks were laid in honor of military members around the memorial. Scotts Countryside Landscaping began laying the bricks on Saturday and completed the proocess Monday afternoon. Pictured below, Micah Schwartz lays a brick to fill
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Central students have GRIT

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
The following students were recognized for showing outstanding grit and perseverance during the 1st quarter at school. Each student received a certificate and a T-shirt. Back row left to right: Alexis Bergeson, Kylee Davis, Carlos Morales, Miguel Cruz, Bruno Fernandez, Elyssia Martinez, Demetre Schuler, Jesus Martinez, Marcus Lara. Middle row left to right: Davion Vidals, Leoncio Mejia, Vanessa Hernandez, Joaquin
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A ‘positive’ note

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
Rochelle Middle School Builders Club, Oscar Student Advisory Team and Student Council made 600 post its with positive messages to put on all students lockers. This activity was done as part of the Unity Week celebration being done in the district last week. During the week, schools focused on anti-bullying and anti-drug messages/activities to promote acceptance of each other
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Outdoor fun

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
The Cypress House hosted the last outdoor Farmer's Market of the season on Saturday. Many vendors have taken part in the monthly markets throughout the summer. (Photos by Lori Tepinski)
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Ogle County Women's Connection to meet Nov. 18 in Leaf River

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
LEAF RIVER ­-- The Ogle County Women's Connection will meet at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the River Valley Complex, Leaf River for their annual fundraiser, meal and speaker. Special feature will be "Button Fundraiser proceeds will go to the Stonecroft Ministry's missionary Christmas Fund.
Speaker Saundra Bengston, Clinton, Iowa will speak about "Joy in the Midst
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KC’s de Seife starts ArtSmarts program at CRMS

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
MALTA -- Cynthia de Seife, an adjunct education instructor at Kishwaukee College, has created a unique after school arts program at Clinton-Rosette Middle School (CRMS) in DeKalb: ArtSmarts. The emphasis of the program is art, but the long-term effects are much more academic. "Arts education has been shown to improve overall academic performance," de Seife explained.
De Seife has
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Learning safety precautions

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
On Thursday, Oct. 23, Eswood School held its annual intruder drill/building evacuation drill followed by the bus evacuation drill. Students learned what to do in case of an emergency. (Photos submitted)
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Cast your vote!

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Grab your spare pennies and vote for your favorite poster displayed in local Rochelle shops now until Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, for the 7th Annual Penny-A-Vote window poster contest.
Sponsored by the Downtown Rochelle Association, 17 area businesses will be displaying artwork created by students in Rochelle Middle School's Art Club. View the posters and with just one
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Annual Halloween Vein Drain

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
The Rock River Valley Blood Center held its Halloween Vein Drain blood drive at City Hall in Rochelle on Thursday. Pictured, Larry Brown of Hillcrest is donating blood, something he does every 56 days. (Photo by Lori Tepinski)
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State Representative Tom Demmer and KSB Hospital host Diabetes Awareness Day

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
DIXON -- Together with KSB Hospital, State Representative Tom Demmer will host a free diabetes screening for the public from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. The event will be held at the KSB Center for Diabetes Management, Commerce Towers, Suite 121, at 215 E. First Street, in Dixon. People wishing to be tested at this event are
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RTHS Greenhouse stocked with poinsettias

Posted: Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE, Horticulture students at Rochelle Township High School are busy fussing over this year's crop of Holiday poinsettias.
 Horticulture instructor Donna Page said this year's crop includes red, pink, and white poinsettias available for $10.  
"All of our plants come with either a metallic or silver cover around the pot and a protective sleeve for transport," she said. "They will be available for pick up in
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Serenity Hospice & Home to hold 30th anniversary celebration

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
OREGON -- On Thursday, Nov. 6, Serenity Hospice & Home is hosting a reception in celebration of its 30th Anniversary. The public is invited you to join between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Serenity Home, located at 1658 S. IL Route 2 in Oregon. Tour Serenity Home, view displays about our history and services, and visit with our staff
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Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra invites all to free Halloween concert Oct. 28

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
DEKALB -- The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is presenting its free Halloween Concert, appropriate for children and adults at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, in the Music Building at Northern Illinois University.
The first performance is geared toward a younger audience. Indoor trick-or-treating will be provided during the half hour before the
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Couple celebrating 50th

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Wayne and Connie Harms will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 26 with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Paynes Point. Please come and celebrate with them. The couple also requests that gifts be omitted.
Wayne and the former Connie Olson were wed Oct. 24, 1964 at Rochelle Methodist Church.
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Students united against bullying

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Bullying is a problem that affects many students and can leave a lasting impression on the student into their adult life. To combat bullying and help educate students Rochelle Elementary School district will be celebrating Unity Week from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24.
National Unity Day is Wednesday, Oct. 22 when students, staff and community members are encouraged
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Golden K Sheet sale through Oct. 31

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Kiwanis Club is a not-for-profit organization of service-minded volunteers guided by the objects of Kiwanis International.  Its purpose is to improve the quality of life for the youth we serve by fostering their health, academic success, character development and their dreams for the future.
In Rochelle, the Kiwanis Golden K Club meets 8 a.m. on Thursday mornings
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Barringer, Van Hise wed

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
OREGON -- Kara Barringer of Oregon and Eric Van Hise of Rochelle were united in marriage on July 12, 2014 at the groom's parents' home in Rochelle. Dan Sergeant officiated.
Parents of the couple are Kevin and Cheryl Barringer of Oregon and Brian and Regina Van Hise of Rochelle.
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Serenity Hospice and Home supported by local businesses

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
OREGON -- As the textile operation of Serenity Hospice and Home and the Village of Progress continues to grow, moving unsold textiles from the Mt. Morris Angel Treasures Resale Shop to the Village of Progress has been a bit of a chore for our valued volunteers. Because of the generosity of some local businesses that held fundraisers for Serenity Hospice
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Davis Junction firefighters to host chili supper

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
DAVIS JUNCTION -- Davis Junction Firefighter's Chili Supper and 50/50 raffle will be held on Satuday, Nov. 1 from 4-7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Davis Junction Fire Station, 106 North Maple Street, Davis Junction.
The menu will include firehouse chili, chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese, dessert and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults; children 5-12 are
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“Paws” for fun

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
On Friday, Oct. 17, Eswood School fourth graders had a Paws Party. The students receive Paws for being responsible and for doing good deeds during the day. Their first quarter goal was 700 paws and then they were rewarded with popcorn and a movie. (Photo submitted)
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For the fine arts

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
Pal Colwill, Golden K President, presented Sherrie Welles, Fine Arts Team Leader for the Rochelle Elementary School District, a check for the Family Fine Arts Event. The event will be held at Lincoln School for kindergarden through eighth grade students and parents on Jan. 19, 2015, at 6 p.m. (Photo submitted)
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50-year member

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
Phillip G. Carlson was honored Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Masonic Lodge with a 50 year award by Master of the Lodge Doug Zuehl during the lodge's monthly fellowship dinner. The special award is presented to members who have been with the fraternity for 50 years. (Photo submitted)
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Pumpkins at night

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Park District is hosting a family fun event at Skare Park. Grab your flashlight and head out to Skare Park for a special pumpkin hunt on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m..
The family friendly event is open to all ages. Please pre-register by calling 815-562-7813 or at the park district office, 735 N. Second Street,
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Read for the record

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Children five and under are invited to help beat a world record at Flagg-Rochelle Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Jaimie Johnson, an officer for Future Education Association at Kishwaukee College, will read Bunny Cakes as part of Read for the Record provided by Jump Start. Through Read for the Record Jump Start has had over 250,000 adults
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Park bench dedication

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
On Thursday, Oct. 9 the Rochelle Lions CLub in conjunction with the Rochelle Park District dedicated a memorial bench along the bike path between Lincoln Elementary School and Rochelle Township High School. The memorial bench was dedicated in memory of Lions Orloff Hicks and Marvin Madsen. Pictured, sitting on the bench are Sylvia Madsen and Millie Hicks. Stadning in back
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Unifying Rochelle one hand at a time

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, For a few years now the future of Hand-in-Hand has been in limbo as the building was for sale after the departure of former director Blanca Winston. Today, the board of directors are pleased to announce they have a new direction for the mission and they are in the community to stay.
The board of directors, Mike Mershon,
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Meeting with Illinois government officials in order to construct a better relationship

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
Oregon -- Superintendents from Lee and Ogle County met Thursday with Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer and Illinois State Senator Tim Bivins in an effort to strengthen the relationship between schools and state level government.
The superintendents hope that this will lead to a stronger relationship with local officials whose recent political and budgetary decisions have been widely publicized.
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Sign up to ‘make a difference’

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Saturday, Oct. 25 is Make a Difference Day. If you or someone you know is elderly and needs/wants assistance in their yard e-mail Erin Bergeson at ebergeson@rthsd212.org or contact Savannah Moore at 815-762-6927 or at savannahnicole98@hotmail.com.
Make a Difference Day is held by RTHS Student Council.
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Learning fire safety

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
The week of Oct. 6 was Fire Prevention Week. Eswood School faculty held a fire drill with the help of the Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Prevention District. Students exited the building quickly and orderly and fire department praised them for their participation. Kindergarten through fourth grade students learned about the EDITH Program (Exit Drills in the Home." Above, kindergarten through second graders are pictured
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Jim Wolber at the Lincoln Building

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
FRANKLIN GROVE -- For more than a decade Franklin Grove's historic H.I. Lincoln Building has hosted some of the music world's best artists as a part of their third Friday "Blues & Bluegrass" and special Fifth Friday shows. Among the "best of the best" in this stellar lineup has been Franklin Grove's own Jim "Mr. Friday Night" Wolber.
Wolber's musical
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Progress being made on memorial

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
Major concrete work has been completed at the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial along with placement of the cannon and grading. The fountain is expected to be finished this fall. There has been an enthusiastic response from those donating bricks to the war memorial, resulting in more than 550 bricks ordered for engraving, much more than anticipated. The engraving of the
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KC hosts The Big Read: Family Reading Night on Oct. 21

Posted: Sunday, Oct 19th, 2014
MALTA -- As part of the national Big Read, Kishwaukee College is hosting Family Reading Night on Oct. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center Dining Room. Participants should park in Lot A (south side of building) and enter through Doors #16 or 17. The event is free and open to the public.
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