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Openings on city board, commissions announced

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Mayor Chet Olson is seeking volunteer members for appointment to the following boards and commissions:
Stormwater Advisory Commission (one voting member, term ending July 1, 2015). The Stormwater Advisory Commission consists of five members that serve 3-year terms and are appointed by the mayor. The commission acts as advisors to the building division and city council
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Kators celebrating 50th

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE -- William and Mary Lou Kator of Rochelle, formerly of Des Plaines, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29.
Bill and Mary Lou were married on Aug. 29, 1964 at Sacred Heart Church in Indianapolis, Ind., by Fr Conan Mitchell OFM.
They will be renewing their vows with Pastor Jim Horvath at Calvary Lighthouse Church during
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Atkinsons celebrating 60th

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
ASHTON -- Mr. and Mrs. John W. Atkinson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 28.
John Atkinson and Norma Capes were married Aug. 28, 1954 at First Baptist Church in Rochelle. 
They are the parents of Susan (Mark) LeMay, Cindy (Paul) Goldman and David Atkinson, all from Ashton. They have seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 
Those wishing to send
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Zip’s Auto celebrates 30 years

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Zip's Auto Body is hosting a customer appreciation day on Saturday, Aug. 23 in honor of its 30th anniversary.
Pork chop sandwiches, brats and drinks will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their auto body shop, 1033 Seventh St.
Zip (Rick Zimmerman) has been taking care of the repair of damaged vehicles for the Rochelle
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Summer lunch

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The program served lunches Monday through Friday at five convient locations around town to fill in the gap for students who rely on free and reduced meals during the school year. This summer the Rochelle Area Summer Lunch Program served over 5,000 meals to Rochelle area students.
To celebrate the success of this year's program the board for
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Curb appeal winner

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
Body and Sol won the annual curb appeal contest hosted by the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce. The contest was open to local chamber members to upgrade the appearance of their business. Body and Sol used the grant to resurface the parking lot and entrance into the salon and fitness center. (Photo by Katie Peterson)
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An ice cold fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE,, When most people think of cooling off on a hot summer day they imagine lounging in a pool and enjoying a cold beverage. However, this summer cooling off has taken a new twist as the "Ice Bucket Challenge" began circulating online.
The challenge originally began to raise money for any organization, but has become mainstreamed over the last
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Flag etiquette

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
The Eswood School fourth graders learned about flag etiquette on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The fourth graders will be responsible for raising and lowering the flag each day school is in session. Thanks to the Rochelle VFW Dave Norris, Guy Bays and Marion Mann for training the students. (Photos submitted)
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Schoo turning 90

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DEKALB -- Donald Schoo is hosting an open house in celebration of his 90th Birthday. All are invited to join Sunday, Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The open house is being hosted at Faranda's Banquet Center, 302 Grove Street, DeKalb. Guests are invited to join Don and his family at Faranda's Banquet Center for cake, ice cream,
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Switchback to play Fifth Friday

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Marty McCormack and Brian FitzGerald, known throughout the U.S., Italy and Ireland as Switchback will be playing two shows at the H.I. Lincoln Building in downtown Franklin Grove on Aug. 29 at 7 and 9 p.m.
Equally at home in large 15,000 seat auditoriums and quaint little settings like the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville or the
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World War II vintage Higgins boat sails again with a special guest

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- After a three year restoration process, the Roberts Armory WWII Higgins boat was recently launched and sailed under its own power, a Detroit 6-71 Gray Marine Engine.
On board was Lee Harris, a Coast Guard veteran of WWII. Harris served on the attack cargo transport Aquarius (AKA-16) during operations at Okinawa and Hiroshima. He was responsible for
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KB Fall mum sale underway

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
OREGON -- The KB Fall Mum Sale has started. Beautiful hardy fall mums are available in a variety of colors for $7 each. Orders will be taken through Saturday, Aug. 30. These hardy fall mums are locally grown and will arrive just in time for fall decorating. Mums are field grown in natural conditions, unlike most at big box retailers,
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Pierce, Cully to wed in October

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Kristine and the late David Pierce of Rochelle are happy to announce the engagement of their son, Christopher David Pierce, to Rachel Elizabeth Cully, daughter of Dale and Patty Cully of rural Jacksonville, IL.
The future bride is a 2006 graduate of Jacksonville High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in 2010
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Kaltenbachs welcome baby boy

Posted: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
DAVIS JUNCTION -- John and Shannon Kaltenbach of Davis Junction are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kane Louis Kaltenbach, on June 6, 2014 at SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford.
Kane weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 19 inches in length at birth.
Big sister, Kyla, 17 months, welcomed him home.
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Beyond the Ashes concert

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014
CHANA,, Beyond the Ashes will perform a free concert Saturday, Aug. 30 at Kings Camp, 9569 Lindenwood Road, at 6 p.m.
Beyond our plans, beyond our own abilities, beyond our failures, beyond our own God-given talents, above and beyond anything we could ask or even imagine. God has a plan for each of us, to rise above the ashes and
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KC Alum named NIU Honors Fellow

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
Kishwaukee College alumna Jennifer Jane (formerly Grafton) has been selected as one of 12 students to serve as a University Honors Fellow for the upcoming academic year at Northern Illinois University. Jennifer graduated from Kishwaukee College in May 2013 and transferred to NIU in Fall 2013. The Lee resident has future plans to attend law school.
As an NIU
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Festival fun

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
There were many activities for Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival attendees to enjoy over the weekend-long event. The parade on Sunday afternoon always draws a crowd. This year, parade attendees were treated to various floats and parade entrants including the Ballet Folklorico float, pictured above, a cool "bike-like" entrant, top right, and Mr. Bubbles, above right bottom. At right, the
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Stepping out hunger

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Every fall local groups gather together for the CROP walk to raise money and awareness to help combat hunger locally.
When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program.  Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share
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Schwartz wins highest state engineer award

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
DEKALB,, Nathan F. Schwartz, professional engineer, is distinguished in his service to the engineering profession, his community and ISPE. 
Schwartz is a respected leader in his field.  He serves as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Bylaws Committee of the DeKalb-Sycamore Area Transit Study Metropolitan Planning Organization, the DeKalb County Watershed Steering Committee, the DeKalb County
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Circus returns to town

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
HILLCREST,, Calvary Lighthouse Church, 14409 E. Hemstock Road, is hosting the Kelly Miller Circus for the exhibition of an all-new 2014 show.
The circus will roll into town on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, and the elephants raising the big top. Activities will begin at
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World War II honor flight

Posted: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC,, Former Rochelle resident and World War II Army veteran Fred Burnham, 96, flew to Washington, D.C., on July 30 on an Honor Flight.
Burnham and 93 other veterans went on the flight together. His nephew Fred Burnham, of Davenport, Iowa, accompanied Burnham. Burnham was greeted at Midway Airport by his daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several thousand other people.
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VCCT looking for actors and actresses

Posted: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Vince Carney Community Theatre in Rochelle is currently viewing auditions for their fall production of "The Glass Menagerie".
Director Tim Dorgan is looking for women in their 20s and 30s, and in their 50s and 60s. The director is also looking for men in their 20s and 30s. To schedule an audition or for
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United in prayer

Posted: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, St. Paul Lutheran School will be hosting an evening for prayer on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
All church, school, and community families are welcome to attend. We want to come together and pray for protection from the evil one, for the new school year, students, teachers and families.
The group will also pray for church
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‘Project Red’ to expand fiber optics

Posted: Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The City of Rochelle is providing industrial opportunities for businesses to relocate to town with their advance communication plan.
"RMU recognizes that bandwidth is now an essential commodity and fiber optic connectivity has become a monumental asset for the City in economic development projects," City manager David Plyman explained.
Currently, the fiber optic network in the city does
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5,000 meals distributed to students

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, The board of directors of the Rochelle Area Summer Lunch Program would like to express their sincerest thanks to all of the many volunteers who gave their time and resources this summer to serve area children.
Without the help of the volunteers, the summer lunch program would not exist. This summer the Rochelle Area Summer Lunch Program served
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Kinzinger hears local veterans’ concerns

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Adam Kinzinger, 16th Congressional District Congressman, met with Rochelle area veterans Tuesday afternoon to hear their concerns and issues.
Following the Veterans Affairs scandal and Congress' legislative fix, it's important to Congressman Kinzinger to follow up with vets and make sure things are getting better and they are receiving the care they were promised.
Ten local veterans from the
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St. John’s Lutheran awards scholarships

Posted: Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014
Erik Gommel and Daily Erickson recently received their semester scholarships from St. John's Lutheran Church of Creston scholarship committee members Dorothy Lockard, Roger Thuestad, Laurie Gommel, and Lee Erickson. Gommel will attend Iowa State while Erickson attends Illinois State University. (Photo submitted)
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Gone camping

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
OREGON,, Hundreds of Cub Scouts from across the region enjoyed two days of adventure at the White Eagle Cub Scout day camp Tuesday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Camp Lowden.
With "Knight Hood" as the theme sword fighting, shield making, catapults, and jousting were added to the scouting favorites of archery, BB guns, nature studies and Ga
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Frozen over at Kid Zone

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Flagg Rochelle Public Library will host Kids Zone on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Enjoy a day of kid friendly activities for the entire family. Most of the activities are free," Outreach coordinator Sarah Flanagan said.
Highlights from the event include Moore's Hardware jumping castle, kids train drawing, and other kid friendly booths and activities.
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HUB Project expanding impact

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Students involved in the HUB Project in past years would spend almost 10 hours at school daily. The biggest complaint from parents and students was the school day was too long and tiring for the young children.
To lessen the long day for students without eliminating the additional educational time, changes will be implemented to the program starting
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Upcoming KishHealth System Community Wellness Programs announced

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
DEKALB -- KishHealth System wants to be a partner in your healthcare. We offer health education, fitness and nutrition instruction, and chronic disease management coaching. You trust us to care for you when you're sick, but let us also provide the resources and tools to help keep you well.
 Most classes are free, or have a small fee. All classes
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KishHealth System honors physicians

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014
DEKALB -- KishHealth System recently honored three members of its medical staff with Acclaimed Physicians for 2014. Many doctors were nominated by their patients and patients' family members, health system employees, community members, and medical staff colleagues. Doctors recognized with Acclaimed Physician Awards this year are Drs. Teresa E. Grant, internist and pediatrician in Sandwich and Yorkville, Dhaval N. Thakkar, internist in Sycamore, and
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Highway Buy-Way

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
Downtown Rochelle was bustling with activity Thursday through Saturday as shoppers visited the ‘Hub City' during the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way. The Lincoln Highway Buy-Way is a nation-wide event. The Downtown Rochelle Association hosted sales, live entertainment, food, fun and street vendors downtown throughout the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way. Many residents hosted garage/yards sales during the weekend as shoppers traveled the stretch
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Tot-in Tumble

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
Olivia Pascua walks across the balance beam with the assistance of Flagg Rochelle Community Park District superintendent of recreation Elizabeth Sosa during Tot-in-Tumble at Teen Town on Wednesday morning. Tot-in-tumble provides toddlers the opportunity to explore the world of physical fitness, skill learning, and social development. The class provides motor skill development and a strong foundation for a child's athletic
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CAN book bag distribution

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- For some teachers August is a dreaded word as the month symbolizes going back to school. As school supplies line store shelves many students look with anticipation as they get to go shopping for back to school supplies.
When the back to school supply lists arrives home, some parents in Rochelle wonder how they will be able
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A better understanding of the ‘Hub City’

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
Scott Yoo was looking for a summer job to cover his rent while he attends Northern Illinois University and what he got was an experience that will help shape his future.
Yoo, a senior psychology major at NIU, accepted what he thought would be a summer internship working for Rochelle Municipal Utilities but gained far more than a pay
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Ogle County 4-H Ambassadors

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
Two Oregon Rotarians, Holly Guist  and Eric Morrow (back row) pose with four of the Ogle County 4-H Ambassadors at the Ogle County Fair in Oregon last week.  The Rotarians were also doing their job judging the neatest pens in the 4-H livestock area, The Oregon Rotary Club has sponsored the reserve champion neatest aisle award traveling trophy to a 4-H club for many years.  Pictured here (front row) are 4-H
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Preschool screening to be offered by the Ogle County Educational Coop

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
OGLE COUNTY -- The Ogle County Educational Coop will be offering free preschool screenings for your child on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Oregon at the Methodist Church which is located at 200 S. Fourth St. Children between the age of three and five years are invited to participate in the screening. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment for their
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Burkhart promoted at Rochelle Insurance Agency

Posted: Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Insurance Agency is proud to announce the promotion of Angela L. Burkhart as Commercial Lines Manager. Effective Aug. 1, Burkhart has accepted responsibility for the management of the agencies commercial accounts, growth, retention and profitability.
She began her insurance career with the Rochelle Insurance Agency in 1995 as a RTHS graduate. Later she remained at home
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