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Ogle County Historical Society open for wedding dress exhibit

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
OREGON -- The Ogle County Historical Society will open its 54th season of weekend hours at the historic Nash home with an exhibit of wedding dresses. Over the years, Ogle County families have donated wedding dresses dating from the 1880s through the 1920s to the society, and many of these, along with some men's wedding suits, will be on display
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Open house at Byron Generating Station

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
BYRON, Summer's hot and sticky days are right around the corner, so it's a perfect time to see how a nuclear plant makes carbon free energy to help run air conditioners in more than 2 million homes.
 Byron Generating Station hosts its annual community open house on Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the facility's training building
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Byron Forest Preserve aides in owlet rescue after tornado hits Skare Park

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
BYRON -- The Byron Forest Preserve District maintenance crew helped the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District with cleanup from the destruction of the tornado that went through Skare Park on April 9.
During cleanup, two baby Great Horned Owls were found. They appeared to be very weak and alone, assuming their parents were gone since so many trees were destroyed.
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Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Food Drive

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
DEKALB/SYCAMORE, The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club is asking the community to assist in re-stocking the DeKalb and Sycamore Food pantries. Non-perishable food items including canned and boxed goods as well baby items such as diapers and baby food are needed. Cash donations can also be made by writing a check to Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary.
"Members of our club have
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RCH employees celebrate years of service at dinner presentation

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Community Hospital honored 2015 service award recipients and a guest with a dinner and awards presentation on Tuesday evening, April 21, at the Chicago Skydiving Center.
Managers thanked employees with letters they wrote about each staff member. A monetary award for each year of service was presented to those being recognized by their manager along
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RMU announces scheduled power outage Tuesday

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
Rochelle, A power outage is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. The outage will begin at 9 a.m. and will last for approximately three to four hours. The affected area will be from the north border of Bethel Road to the south border of IL Route 38. The west border is Brooklyn Road and the east border is Queens Road. Approximately
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Finding the beauty

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
As senior Brittini Furman walked through a badly battered Skare Park after the April 9 tornado, she said, as before the storm, she found serenity there and even a canvas for inspiration (above). Furman painted on a piece of bark ripped from one of the hundreds of trees downed in the storm's path. The Rochelle Township High School Annual Art
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Curtis named 2015 Bausch & Lomb Award winner

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Township High School Science Department recognizes Ian Curtis as its 2015 Bausch & Lomb Award Winner.
The Bausch & Lomb Junior Science Award was presented to to Curtis in his Advance Placement Chemistry class this week by David Oldenburg. RTHS has been honoring one junior student with this award for many years.
The science department
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Kish College Forensics to hold Showcase of Champions

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
MALTA -- The Kishwaukee College Forensics Team will be holding a Forensics Showcase of Champions on Monday, April 27 from 6, 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 28 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in Jenkins Auditorium on campus. The team is requesting $3 minimum donation at the door from all attendees to benefit tornado relief efforts in Ogle and DeKalb counties.
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Hands-on PV workshop set

Posted: Sunday, Apr 26th, 2015
OREGON -- A Hands-on Photovoltaic (solar electricity) class will be offered at 1230 E. Honey Creek Rd., Oregon, from 10 a.m., 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. The instructor is an experienced designer and installer of solar electric systems. Both advanced and beginners are welcome.
The class will include an introduction to a typical roof mounted PV system, grid tied
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Bushman to release first CD May 2

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ASHTON -- Local artist, Tristan Bushman, 17, recently put out a seven song Acoustic CD, titled "Heartwood." It will be available at all of his shows, the Ashton Gazette, as well as on itunes, CD baby and Amazon.
All are welcome to come and celebrate Bushman's CD release Party at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Avenue in Dixon on
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Landmarks Illinois announces 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Springfield -- A list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois was announced Wednesday at a press conference in Springfield.
Now in its 20th year, this statewide list calls attention to threatened historic resources in need of assistance in the form of responsible stewardship, creative reuse plans, and/or advances in public policy. The slow economic recovery, state budget
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Scheduled power outage Tuesday

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Rochelle, A power outage is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. The outage will begin at 9 a.m. and will last for approximately three to four hours. The affected area will be from the north border of Bethel Road to the south border of IL Route 38. The west border is Brooklyn Road and the east border is Queens Road. Approximately
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Hydrant flushing in Creston set

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
CRESTON -- The Village of Creston will be conducting hydrant flushing next week on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.
Village president Tom Byro would like to remind residents that during flushing, water can be rusty at times. It is suggested to avoid laundering light-colored clothing during those two days.
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Collins named to Dean’s list at NCC

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
NAPERVILLE -- North Central College has named its Dean's List of scholars for the 2015 winter term. To be eligible for the Dean's List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 (4.0=A) for the term and be enrolled as full-time students.
Payton Collins, from Rochelle, was named to the Dean's list during winter term.
Founded in 1861, North
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Special guest

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, enjoyed a visit and program given by the Illinois State Regent, Pamela Bork, highlighting the role of Illinois since the foundation of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution on Oct. 11, 1890 as well as the Society's ongoing contributions of service to our nation. The next meeting of the Rochelle Chapter will be
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Flagg Museum to host events this weekend

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Flagg Township Museum will be celebrating Earth Day and women's fashion this Saturday.
Come hear a story to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day on Saturday, April 25 from 11 am to noon at the Flagg Township Museum. There will be an activity or two, a treat and a random drawing for three trees. Three children will
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Grass fire near Technology Center

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
Rochelle and Creston Fire Departments were called to a grass fire Wednesday afternoon on Dement Road. The fire was located near the Technology Center and both crews were called in to control and access the situation as high winds in the area caused the fire to spread.
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A new ‘normal’ day at work

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
When asked how the last two weeks have been for Scott Seebach, he only had one word to describe the time, "busy."
Seebach's job as the Flagg Township Highway Commissioner is to maintain the township roads and clean areas nearby of debris and brush. Seebach's workload went into overdrive on April 9 when the tornado touched down outside of Rochelle.
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Masons to host blood drive

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle Horicon Masonic Lodge will host a blood drive on Tuesday, May 12 from noon to 6 p.m.
By hosting a blood drive, the Rochelle Horicon Masonic Lodge, 500 Lincoln Highway, is helping to save lives in our community. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call Otto Heisner at 815-393-4802.
If you are
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Local leaders honored

Posted: Friday, Apr 24th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The White Eagle District, Boy Scouts of America, honored adult leaders Brian Broers and Nancy Johnson with their District Award of Merit.
The District covering Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties presented the awards at its annual recognition dinner. Only two of these awards can be given each year.
Brian Broers has worked with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts,
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Lutheran groups offering help

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Disaster Response of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church Charities (the disaster response coordinators for the Northern Illinois District-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) have partnered in providing a disaster response beginning within a few short hours of the April 9 tornadoes.
Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lutheran Early Response Team volunteers,
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Girl Scouts to collect for tornado victims at annual meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Rochelle, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) will collect monetary and gift card donations for Girl Scout families affected by the recent Rochelle tornado during the organization's annual meeting on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.,12 noon, at the Hickory Grove Banquet Center, 1127 N. 7th St., in Rochelle.
GSNI's Annual Meeting will feature a State of the Council address,
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Disaster relief warehouse to distribute items Saturday April 25 and May 2

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE,, As individuals and families who were displaced from the tornado begin to settle into a new normal in rental property the disaster relief warehouse will remain open to distribute donations.
The disaster relief warehouse was set up at 105 S. Main St. to help organize and collect donations as they came into town. The warehouse was inundated with
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Group gives donation

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
Hub City Cruisers decided at their last meeting to donate money to the Disaster Fund the Rochelle Area Community Foundation has started. Pictured are Rose Edwards (far left) Hub City Cruisers, Kim Montgomery (center) of the RACF and Paula Combs of the Cruisers. This is one of the many ways the Hub City Cruisers help the many worthy causes that
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Students take part in French immersion program

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Saturday, March 7, approximately 125 people from 25 area schools participated in the seventh annual Journée Intensive en Français, an all-day French immersion program, uniquely for high school students.
The event was held at Dominican University in River Forest. Ten RTHS students in French II, III, and IV took part in the immersion. These students pledged to speak
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Safe Place for Every Child

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
The  Rochelle Woman's Club along with the other Illinois State organizations are promoting "A Safe Place for Every Child" as part of  Prevent Child Abuse Month.  Where ever you see the blue windmills, know that there is someone to seek for help.  The Rochelle Woman's Club is the 2nd oldest organization in Rochelle since 1899.  For information on joining please call 815-975-1643.
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Annual success for kids

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Focus House held its annual spaghetti dinner and fundraiser on Wednesday night.
"The fundraiser went very well considering the recent events surrounding the Rochelle area.We ended up serving 450 people," director Matt Mekeel said.
A 50/50 drawing was held to raise money for Focus House and relief efforts raising just over $500, which the winner donated back
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Tri-County Opportunities Council 2015 Scholarships deadline extended

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
ROCK FALLS -- At least 12 scholarships will be awarded by Tri-County Opportunities Council to income eligible students residing in the agency's service area. The scholarships are worth up to $1,250 and have been made available by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development through its Community Services Block Grant funds. All low-income students, racial or ethnic minorities
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Tax relief offered to Scott and White Rock Township residents that suffered storm damage

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
OGLE COUNTY -- Scott Township and White Rock Township residents who suffered the loss of your home or suffered major damage to your home from the storm on April 9 will qualify for the national disaster homestead exemption.
The Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption is a exemption on homestead property for a rebuilt residential structure following a natural disaster occurring in
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Monthly Electronics Recycling Day Friday, April 24

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
OREGON -- The monthly drop-off recycling day for Ogle County residential electronics sponsored by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department will be Friday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is at the Solid Waste Management Department, 909 Pines Road, Oregon, at the south end of the building.
A $10 fee will be charged for each
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RTHS Prom Junior attendants

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
Junior class prom attendants are Kara C. Thomas, Justin Harms, Marissa Gonzalez, Chayce Sullivan, Payton Mifflin, Mark Wanner, Presleigh Belt. Not pictured is Eder Castillo.

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RTHS Prom senior attendants

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
The Rochelle Township High School senior class attendants are Jazmene Carpenter, Kyle Helfrich, Lauren Murphy, Aaron Mehrings, Madeline Friday, Kevin Christensen, Mikayla Johnson, David Eychaner, Sarah Vogeler, and Fernando Montoya. Party at Gatsby's is the theme of this year's Junior/Senior Prom April 25. (Photos submitted)
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Caring for lost pets

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Along with many individuals and families being displaced as a result of the tornado, there have also been many pets lost. Unfortunately, some of those pets have perished, but there are many that escaped harms way only to be lost.
There have been many happy stories of owners being reunited with their fur friends. Facebook pages have
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Showing gratitude

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
On Thursday, Lincoln School hosted a cookout for the first responders and families affected by the tornado. Hot dogs, chicken, fruit, cake and plenty of sides were served to many during the two hours. Volunteers helped to make the event a success. Tables adorned handmade decorations and flower seed packets with the words "Seeds of hope" were affixed, available as
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National Infant Immunization Week

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
OREGON -- National Infant Immunization Week takes place from April 18 to April 25 this year. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness of the importance of children receiving timely vaccinations. Childhood vaccination plays a major role in the prevention of many infectious diseases.
The week has been celebrated as National Infant Immunization Week since 1994 and has
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Tilton, Stanfa wed

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Jazmin Tilton of Rochelle and Steve Stanfa of Spanaway, Wash., were united in marriage on Feb. 10, 2015 in Washington at Villa Rose Gardens in front of a small group of friends and family as witnesses.
Parents of the couple are Joe and Annette Barnes of Rochelle and Steve and Lynda Stanfa of Rochelle.
The bride is employed
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Tilton, Vulpitta have baby girl

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Abi Tilton and Mario Vulpitta, both of Rochelle, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Raven-Rose Dai Tilton, on March 21, 2015 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.
She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches in length at birth.
Maternal grandparents are Joe and Annette Barnes and the late Charles Tilton, all of Rochelle.
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Audubon Society hosting two events

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
FREEPORT -- The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society invites all to the spring potluck and program on Tuesday, May 5, at 6 p.m at the Community Building, Krape Park, Freeport. Don Miller, Director of Education at Severson Dells Nature Center, will lead the program on"Butterflies: Winged Wildflowers of Northern Illinois."
The program will include butterfly pictures taken by one
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RCH Auxiliary presents healthcare scholarships to five area students

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The recipients of this year's five Rochelle Community Hospital Auxiliary $1,000 healthcare scholarships were recognized at the annual RCH Auxiliary Brunch on April 13. Congratulations to all of the recipients! They include:
Krista Beach
Krista is a senior at Ashton-Franklin Center High School and is the daughter of Karen and Joshua Harmon. Krista will be
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“God was looking over us”

Posted: Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015
It wasn't more than a couple of hours after the tornado hit the area when friends and family began reaching out to Lauren Hintzsche on Facebook. The Rochelle Elementary School physical education teacher's rural home was in the direct path of last week's storm.
When the tornado struck, Hintzsche was at Lincoln School along with other faculty, students and families
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A creamy project

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Students in the HUB Project at Lincoln School got into a buttery situation last week when they made their own butter. Melinda Charbonneau, Ag in the Classroom coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, spent Wednesday afternoon teaching the first grade afterschool class about cows and milk. Prior to getting to make their own ball of butter the students
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A family affair at RTHS

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, If you grew up having family dinners or special occasion dinners around the dining room table, then you must make plans to attend the RTHS Spring play, "The Dining Room" this weekend. The show opens Thursday night with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
You will find yourself nodding and laughing and the conversations, like one scene
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Samaritan’s Purse

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Several organizations are assisting with the relief efforts in Rochelle and Fairdale, some coming from many states away. Samaritan's Purse, based in Boone, N.C., arrived at Crossroads Church on IL Route 251, and immediately began organizing volunteers.
Kenny Adcock, program manager for disaster relief said that as of Tuesday, 213 volunteers had signed up to participate in the clean up
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Comfort Dogs

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs, staff, and volunteers visited the Rochelle area over the weekend, bringing some joy to the hearts of those affected by tornado.
The members along with the dogs gathered at St. Paul Lutheran Church before heading out. A total of 14 golden retrievers visited with individuals and families in the area and in Fairdale.
The
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Sweet Revival

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
On Sunday, Laura Fitch and a group of volunteers were assembling sack lunches and delivering them to many folks helping with relief efforts in the area. Fitch owns Sweet Revival café in Kings, formerly the old Kings Church.
Fitch offered her facility as early as Friday, as a place for relief workers to come and enjoy a hot meal.
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Sycamore Speedway

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Sycamore Speedway on IL Route 64 in Maple Park will be hosting a fundraiser for tornado victims this Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. The event is planned to run until 8 p.m.
All donated funds will be given to the American Red Cross for relief of Rochelle and Fairdale.
Each year before the season opens, the speedway has
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Helping ease the burden

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
"Hub Strong" has been the motto seen and heard around Rochelle this past week as the community unites to help our neighbors and friends who were impacted by the tornado.
Rochelle area residents have united and shown the true Midwestern and Hub spirit to the organizations assisting with cleanup. As neighbors and friends have come out to help one
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Kish holds annual Student Awards Day

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
MALTA -- Kishwaukee College honored current students for excellence in the classroom and in the campus community on Tuesday, April 7 at Student Awards Day in Jenkins Auditorium at the College. Awardees received certificates commemorating their achievements.
Career technologies
The following students received awards in the Career Technologies Division, Outstanding Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice Award: Gurashia Ahmedelmustafa, Vincent
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Lost & Found

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
Social media sites have been a great place for people to post photos of found items. Photographs, clothing, Bibles and a variety of items are turning up in fields and backyards -- some many miles from Rochelle -- and are being returned to owners after seeing them online.
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Storm drops Rochelle debris in Fox River Park

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
The effects of a powerful tornado that ripped through northern Illinois Thursday night were evident as far as 60 miles away in Silver Lake.
Kenosha County Parks employees located numerous items from Rochelle, Ill. -- including a large sheet of metal, a real estate document, a photo and a letter from a marquee sign -- in Fox River Park Friday
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City, hospital reach land agreement

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- Shortly after the Rochelle City Council meeting was called to order on Monday evening, Mayor Chet Olson sent positive words to the families affected and extended thanks to the individuals and agencies involved in the aftermath of last Thursday's tornado in the area.
"Our hearts and prayers and thoughts go out to the families that lost homes and
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Lane’s Ladies ready for 2015 event

Posted: Friday, Apr 17th, 2015
ocal group raising funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are raising funds for the 2015 season.
The group were the #1 fundraising team for the Rockford WalkMS event that was held in May 2014 and hope to raise even more at the 2015 event. The group will be walking in the 2015 WalkMS event in Rockford and will
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Franklin Creek Grist Mill hosting dinner, performance commemorating end of Civil War, Lincoln assassination

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
FRANKLIN GROVE -- April is the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This anniversary will be commemorated at a dinner and performance at the Franklin Creek Grist Mill on Saturday, April 18.
Renown storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis will reconstruct a popular event put on for many years
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Rock Valley College to host annual Healthcare Career Fair April 16 and 17

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCKFORD -- Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17 will mark the 12th time in the last 14 years that Rock Valley College and the three Rockford-area health systems (OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health System and SwedishAmerican Health System) are sponsoring an event to promote awareness of the many available medical career options.
The Health Care Career Fair
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Good Citizens

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Four local high schools were honored when the 2014-15 Good Citizen winners were recognized at a recent meeting of the Rochelle Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The guest speaker was Rochelle Township High School foreign exchange student from Brazil, Artur Melo. Shown above, with Melo, are Hope Hickey of Stillman Valley; Lauren Murphy of Rochelle
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Kunde celebrating 90th birthday

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Lyle Kunde, a native of Rochelle and long-time Flagg Township Park District Director, will turn a healthy and happy 90 years old on April 21.
To celebrate, his family would like to surprise him with a card shower by asking friends and family to send a card, or a note with a memory shared by the two
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Debris management

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The following debris management information has been released.
Please note, this is for residents affected in the areas outside of Rochelle City limits.
• Debris needs to be sorted
• Residents in affected area may place trees and landscape debris in ditches outside of city limits
• Construction debris and demolition debris includes any dimensional lumber, plywood, scrap
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Keeping each other Hub Strong

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Rochelle Township High School Hubs and former Hubs worked hard all weekend helping friends and family clean up after the storm in the areas of Cherry Hill, Hickory Ridge, near Grubsteakers at IL Route 251 and IL Route 64 and other locations.
Travis Kerns led a crew of former high school pals at the Valentine residence on Kuehl Court
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Pork chop drive thru supper postponed

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The pork chop drive-thru supper planned for Thursday, April 15 by the Rochelle Fire Department has been postponed.
According to Rochelle Fire Department Chief Brian Johnson, the supper has been postponed due to other events being planned following last week's storm.
A new date has not yet been determined.
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Resources available for storm victims through Multi-Agency Resource Center

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- The MARC is a place where all disaster relief agencies both private and public come together under one roof to provide assistance, a one stop shop for affected residents. These are never for-profit agencies. Agencies in the MARC are vetted and their staff and volunteers adhere to high ethical standards.
A verification system is established
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Second place in state contest

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
On Saturday, Kurt Wolter escorted Sarah MacTaggart, Zach Pauser, Brett Johnson and Francisco Montelongo, qualifying students from the Rochelle Township High School Drafting Team, to Illinois State University for the I.D.E.A State Drafting Competition. They competed with more than 200 other students from around the state for top honors.Montelongo placed second (pictured at right) in the Introductory Board Drafting event.
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Focus House to hold annual fundraiser Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Focus House is hosting their 14th annual spaghetti supper and silent auction on Wednesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the facility's gymnasium, 3279 IL Route 251.
The proceeds from this benefit go directly to the Needy Kids Fund, which goes directly towards the needs of the children at focus house, including clothing and hygiene
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Public invited to Wednesday night YMCA meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- A large turnout is expected on Wednesday night, April 15 at the Lincoln School cafeteria as a public forum is being held by the local YMCA rec center committee from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to share the details of the planned building off of Flagg Road near the school campus.
The committee has been working for the past
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Grubsteakers will recover, rebuild after tornado

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE -- On Sunday, several of Ava Fejzoski's customers, friends, and volunteers from near and far helped to clear away debris and salvage what was left of Grubsteaker's at the corner of IL Route 251 and IL Route 64.
The restaurant took a direct hit from Thursday evening's tornado. Twelve people, including employees and customers were rescued from the cellar
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Foundation looks to distribute donations

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, Hours after the tornado touched down in the Rochelle area, the Rochelle Area Community Foundation established a specific Disaster Relief Fund to help local residents who were impacted by the storm.
Since that fund was established on Friday, many donations have been made by not only individuals and organizations in the Rochelle region, but also by donors from
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Proceeds from craft and vendor fair benefit relief efforts

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
ROCHELLE,, On Saturday morning crafters and vendors gathered at First Presbyterian Church and set up their booths as they had the event marked on their calendar for months in advance. When the vendors initially reserved a spot the proceeds were set to help the church purchase new sound equipment and pianos. After the tornado tore through the Rochelle area on
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