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Donations put to good use

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
The Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District was pleased to use donations from the Rochelle Rotary Club and the Friends of the Library to install a handicap door opener. The new door opener has been very popular with senior citizens and many mothers with strollers this summer. Pictured left to right are Barb Kopplin, Library Director; Rachel Garrett, Rosie Clue, Marilyn Bonneau,
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RPD to host hunter safety course

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- The Rochelle Police Department, in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources, will be hosting two hunter education classes taught by certified instructors. The purpose of the class is to promote responsible hunter conduct, discuss the importance of wildlife management laws and regulations, and to encourage the safe handling of firearms and firearm ammunition. Through hunter education, students
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KC students compete at National SkillsUSA

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
MALTA -- Kishwaukee College students competed in the 50th National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Mo., on June 23, 27. Four students who earned First Place honors at the Illinois statewide SkillsUSA Competition in April advanced to compete at the National championship against first-place finishers from across the country.
Mike Zimbrich, Darien, competed
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Creston Booster Days planned

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
CRESTON,, Chairmen Kathy Collins announced that plans have been finalized for the 58th annual Creston Booster Days celebration the weekend of September 13 and 14.
Collins stated, "our committees are working very hard planning this year's celebration. We want to continue the reputation of the Creston Booster Days as one of the best family entertainment celebrations in the
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A new path

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
Regional Ready Mix worked Friday morning to pour concrete and lay a new smooth sidewalk on Linder Lane near Caron Road. The concrete work was part of a city wide plan to replace old worn sidewalks around town this summer.
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Music for meals benefits pantry

Posted: Sunday, Aug 31st, 2014
ROCHELLE -- For a group of local bands raising awareness for locals who go hungry was a great reason to raise the volume on Friday, Aug. 8. Six local bands, hosted by Lack of Common Knowledge, performed at Hickory Grove Banquet and Conference Center to raise money for the Rochelle Christian Food Pantry.
Tickets to hear Propeller, The Led
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Madison Bell Johnson Foundation fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE -, Madison Bell Johnson Foundation will host its third annual dinner and auction on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Fairways Golf Course, 533 S. Seventh Street.
Buffet style dinner will be served from 5 pm. to 7 pm. And the JD Brown Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit the ALS
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Back to school carnival fun

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, St. Paul Lutheran School will hosts its 10th annual Back to School carnival on Friday, Aug. 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The carnival is open to the public and will feature food, fun and fellowship. Each teacher at St. Paul School will be in charge of a game throughout the evening. Highlights include a dunk tank, pony
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Blood drives

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Multiple opportunities are coming up to donate blood locally for the Rock River Valley Blood Center.
On Friday, Aug. 29 Crossroads Community Church and Focus House are teaming up to host a blood drive at the church, 3301 Il Route 251, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please
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Ice cold teachers

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
Staff at Rochelle Middle School and District 231 superintendent Todd Prusator participated in the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS. RMS principal Mike Valentine organized the event as a way for the staff to continue to be examples for the students and to raise awarness for ALS. (Courtesy photo)
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Council approves $6 million bond

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle City Council members approved the issuance of a bond not to exceed $6 million Monday night to improve the electrical system.
"The Rochelle Municipal Utilities electric department has identified the following capital projects for potential funding through an electric revenue bond not to exceed $6 million dollars," City manger David Plyman explained. "One, the purchase and
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Quilt raffle to support local Honor Flights

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
FRANKLIN GROVE -- Ladies from two area churches have combined efforts to create a quilt that will be raffled to provide funds for local area service men and women to participate in Honor Flights, giving them an opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials created to honor their service in war time.
The initial idea for Honor
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KC Therapeutic Massage holds pinning ceremony

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
MALTA -- Kishwaukee College Therapeutic Massage graduates participated in a traditional pinning ceremony on Saturday, August 23, in Jenkins Auditorium in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center.
The graduates are: Angela Marie Brooks, Genoa; Tera Regina Busby, Kingston; Lisa M. Campbell, Sycamore; Mariacruz S. Escatel, LaSalle; Terron Elizabeth Gorman, Genoa; Kimberly Morgan, DeKalb; Victoria Ann Ortega, DeKalb; Reyna Ortega Ramos, Rochelle;
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Booster Days car show

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
CRESTON,, This year, Creston Booster Days will include a Car, Truck, Tractor, Motorcycle & Golf Cart Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The car show will display behind the Creston Grade School. Enter on South Street just west of the Grade School, watch for signs.
Car Show registration applications
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A frozen tale

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Elsa and Olaf from Disney's "Frozen" visited the Flagg Rochelle Public Library's Kid Zone during the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival. Pictured above library staff members pose for a picture with the characters from the animation. During Elsa and Olaf's visit kids had the opportunity to take pictures and pose with the characters. (Photo submitted)
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A long distance lasting friendship

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE,, Rochelle Rotary Club hosted the group's first foreign exchange student in 1954 when a young Swedish girl came to visit Rochelle for the summer. Since then students from all over the world have come to spend their summer and eventually school year in the ‘Hub City.'
While the visits may have been short and for a limited period of
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Byron native serves aboard USS Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
KINGS BAY, Ga., A 2007 Byron High School graduate and Byron, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world's most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Alaska (SSBN 732).
Petty Officer Daniel Rambow is a machinist mate serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
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Pinerock Township meeting dates set

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
CHANA -- Regular meetings have been changed for the remainder of the year to the second Wednesday of the month and will start at 7 p.m. The meetings are held in the Pine Rock Township Hall, 210 West Street, Chana.
Additional meetings are listed with start times:
Wednesday, September 10; Wednesday, October 8; Wednesday, November 12; Wednesday, December 10;
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White and Dettman announce engagement

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Olyvia and Greyson are happy to help announce the engagement of their parents, Stephanie White and Tyler Dettman, both of Rochelle.
Stephanie is the daughter of Steven and Tracie White of Oregon. Tyler is the son of Michael and Mikki Dettman of Sterling.
The couple are planning a June 2015 wedding on the beach in Saint Augustine, Fla.
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Villa-Nantz joins Rochelle Insurance Agency

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
ROCHELLE -- Rochelle Insurance Agency is pleased to announce the addition of Kerri Villa-Nantz to our professional staff as a Commercial Lines Customer Service Representative and social media director.
Kerri began her insurance career several years ago, specializing in employee benefits, before exiting the industry for two years and re-entering the business to pursue her passion for serving others.
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Hospice volunteer orientation, training set

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
DEKALB -- KishHealth System Hospice will be offering its next Volunteer Orientation and Training class Sept. 8 through Oct. 14, at the KishHealth System Hospice office, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. The class is open to all individuals interested in becoming Hospice direct care volunteers and those who simply want to learn more about the special, end-of-life care provided by KishHealth
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Delta Kappa Gamma’s foundation board provides grant

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Pictured are, top row, Elaine Goodwin, chair, and Patricia Rogalin; and seated, Gerri Clucas, secretary, Marilyn Bonneau, Marilyn Berg and Marianne Holcomb, treasurer. (Photo submitted)
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Be a hero

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
BYRON,, Everyday, firefighters provide help and comfort to those in need. They are our local heroes. Now, you can be a hero to the fire service. Whether you're a scratch golfer or just looking to have fun with friends, a day on the links can make a difference for the families of firefighters who died in the line of duty.
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Beyond the Ashes concert

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 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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Raising a glass for Ronald McDonald House

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
Bryn, Reese, Tess, Cheyenne and Kendra held a lemonade stand on Friday, Aug. 15 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. The girls sold ice cold lemonade and chocolate chip cookies on the hot summer day to support the Chicago facility. Ronald McDonald House provides a "home away from home" for families so they can stay near a
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Cub Scout round-up

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
ROCHELLE,, A Scout's honor is learned when boys first begin their journey as a Cub Scout and carries with them throughout their time in the den, scouting career and life.
Cub Scouts provides boys in first through fifth grade the opportunity to learn, grow and explore together.
Cub Scout Pack 553 will hold its annual roundup on Thursday,
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KC offers free ESL and GED® classes in Rochelle area

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
MALTA -- The Adult Education and Transition Programs division of Kishwaukee College is offering free GED preparation classes and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during Fall 2014 in Rochelle. All classes are offered free of charge to participants. Classes begin the week of Aug. 25. Enrollment is open for classes from Aug. 25, Sept. 3. Students
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KC Art Gallery opens new season with “Drone R’ US”

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
MALTA -- The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will open the new season with a provocative dual exhibition titled Drone R' US featuring the works of artists Dominic Sansone and CJ Hungerman. The show will run from Aug. 25, Sept. 25 with an Artists' Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from noon, 2 p.m. in the Gallery. The Gallery hours for Fall
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Pierce receives scholarship

Posted: Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014
ROCKFORD -- One of the primary focuses of the Rockford Area Illini Club has been the awarding of academic scholarships to incoming freshmen at the University of Illinois every year since 1986. The process for selection for these awards is done by the R.A.I.C. scholarship committee, which includes distinguished administrators and educators.
More than 100 scholarships have been awarded, totaling
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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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