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‘Sparks in the Park’ to run June 29-30, July 1

Rochester’s annual Sparks in the Park Fourth of July celebration will be held in Rochester Community Park Friday through Sunday, June 29-30 and July 1.

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Thursday 06/07/2018
Public input sought on adding SMTD bus route to Rochester
Posted: June 07, 2018

The Village of Rochester is seeking input from residents on the possibility of adding a daily bus route between Springfield and Rochester.

Friday 06/01/2018
Nominations for Citizen of the Year sought
Posted: June 01, 2018

The Village of Rochester and the Rochester Lions Club are again sponsoring the Citizen of the Year Contest to recognize a person making an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life in Rochester.

Liberati Valedictorian, Tungett Salutatorian for Class of 2018
Posted: June 01, 2018

Rochester High School held graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2018 Sunday, May 27 at Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Friday 05/25/2018
RHS Student Recognition Awards Day held May 4
Posted: May 25, 2018

Rochester High School held its annual Student Recognition Awards Day Friday, May 4 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. The top students in each class were honored as well as special award winners, as follows:

School board to take up resource officer question at June meeting
Posted: May 25, 2018

Though no action was taken, discussion about adding a school resource officer at Rochester Schools took up the majority of Monday evening’s 45 minute open meeting of the Rochester school board.

Archer appointed new Rochester Fire Chief
Posted: May 25, 2018

On Wednesday May 16, the Rochester Fire Protection District Board of Trustees promoted Deputy Chief John Archer to the position of Fire Chief. 

Friday 05/18/2018
Tax collection for Rochester Twp. May 29-June 8
Posted: May 18, 2018

The Rochester Township Tax Collector will be at the Township Hall on Braner Road to collect real estate taxes Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 8. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

Village board receives TIF District update, approves zoning change
Posted: May 18, 2018

Rochester village trustees received a report on the funds generated by the new Tax Increment Financing District and approved a zoning change for a proposed business at Monday’s 45 minute regular meeting.

Thursday 05/10/2018
May 30 final day for student attendance
Posted: May 10, 2018

The final day of attendance for students in the Rochester School District will be Wednesday, May 30.

Work day at Wanless Park Saturday, May 12
Posted: May 10, 2018

The Wanless Park master plan was presented to the Rochester Village Parks Committee, and they recently walked the park with landscape architect Scott Schuette.

Friday 04/27/2018
Library backers hoping for expansion in 2019
Posted: April 27, 2018

The Friends of the Rochester Library held a public reception Friday, April 13 to unveil expansion plans that would more than double the size of the current facility.

Monday 04/23/2018
School board approves bond refunding
Posted: April 23, 2018

The Rochester school board voted to approve a bond refunding plan at Monday’s 75 minute meeting that could result in savings of over $1 million to the school district.

5 from Rochester Students of the Month at CACC
Posted: April 23, 2018

Five students from Rochester High School were honored as Students of the Month for March at the Capital Area Career Center.

Village board votes 5-1 to accept latest water proposal from CWLP
Posted: April 23, 2018

Nearly ten months of discussion, research and negotiations on several fronts came to a head Tuesday night at a special meeting as the Rochester village board took action on the future of the village’s water source.

Friday 04/13/2018
Music Dept. to hold Jazz Night Saturday, April 28
Posted: April 13, 2018

Rochester Music Department will present its annual Jazz Night Saturday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in the RJHS gymnasium.

Village board delays final decision on water source for one week
Posted: April 13, 2018

Before a packed Community Room Monday, Rochester village trustees decided to delay a final decision on the village’s water source for one week to conduct further negotiations on a recent offer from City, Water, Light and Power.

Friday 04/06/2018
Rochester Library seed library open for second year
Posted: April 06, 2018

After several months of work and help from several community members, the Rochester Public Library staff is excited to announce the seed library is now open for its second year.

Friday 03/30/2018
Cable third at IPTT indoor meet
Posted: March 30, 2018

RHS senior Josh Cable took third place in the 800 meters Saturday at the Class 2A division of the Illinois Prep Top Times meet in Bloomington.

Cops For Kids program April 14
Posted: March 30, 2018

The Rochester Police Dept. will offer another Cops For Kids program Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the Rochester Public Library.

Wyndcrest host for Paint Out Social Saturday, April 7
Posted: March 30, 2018

The Rochester Historical Preservation Society is currently raising money to restore an 1850s log home discovered in 1988. The home will be rebuilt in the Rochester Historical Village near the Stone House on Old Rochester Road. 

Monday 03/26/2018
School board hires administration, staff for 2018-19 school year
Posted: March 26, 2018

The Rochester school board approved the hiring of the district’s administrative staff as well as the tenured and non-tenured licensed staff for the 2018-19 school year at Monday’s regular meeting.

Friday 03/16/2018
Village board approves carpet replacement in Community Room
Posted: March 16, 2018

The Rochester village board, with all trustees present, needed only 40 minutes to take care of its business at Monday’s regular meeting.

Friday 03/02/2018
‘Guys and Dolls’ at Rochester High School Mar. 9-11
Posted: March 02, 2018

Rochester High School will present “Guys and Dolls” directed by Bill Bauser March 9-11 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Killion hired as new Director of Special Education
Posted: March 02, 2018

The Rochester school board approved the hiring of a new administrator at its regular meeting held Tuesday, February 20.

Many residents, many questions at two-hour special meeting on potential new water source
Posted: March 02, 2018

Over 125 residents packed the Community Room of the village hall/library Monday as the Rocheseter village board held a special meeting to discuss the possibility of the village seeking an alternative source of water.

Friday 02/23/2018
3 from Rochester Students of the Month at CACC
Posted: February 23, 2018

Three Rochester High School students were named Students of the Month at the Capital Area Career Center for January 2018. They are:

RJHS Science Olympiad Team qualifies for State
Posted: February 23, 2018

Two Rochester Junior High Science Olympiad teams earned medals in 12 events and the varsity placed sixth overall at Regional competition February 10 in Belleville.

Friday 02/09/2018
Cemetery Board annual meeting Thursday, Feb. 15
Posted: February 09, 2018

The Rochester Cemetery Board will hold its annual meeting Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Township Building on Braner Road. Any questions can be directed to Steve Taft at (217) 341-4003.

Lanphier High receives donation from Boo Crew
Posted: February 09, 2018

Rochester Lions Club President John Hill, accompanied by several club members, donated $1,000 to three Lanphier High School departments. The donation was made Tuesday, January 30 in appreciation for a group of Lanphier High students who have helped in the operation of the Boo Crew Haunted House.

CyberPatriot teams all place in top five in State
Posted: February 09, 2018

All three Rochester teams placed in the top five in Illinois after the CyberPatriot state round competition held January 21.

Friday 02/02/2018
Blood drive at Rochester Library set for Feb. 14
Posted: February 02, 2018

A blood drive to support the Central Illinois Community Blood Center will be held at the Rochester Public Library Wednesday, February 14. The Bloodmobile will be outside the library (1 Community Drive) from 2 to 5 p.m.

Band Boosters lasagna supper Monday, Feb. 5
Posted: February 02, 2018

The Rochester Band Boosters will hold their annual lasagna supper Monday, February 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the main campus cafeteria.

Monday 01/29/2018
RHS ‘Makerspace’ gets boost from Lions Club
Posted: January 29, 2018

The Rochester Lions Club presented a check for $1,435 to Rochester High School for the development of a “Makerspace” section in the RHS Commons.

Friday 01/19/2018
Sparks in the Park fundraising dinner set for Feb. 21
Posted: January 19, 2018

The Rochester Sparks in the Park Committee has scheduled a second chicken dinner fundraiser to be held Wednesday, February 21 at the Rochester Fire Station.

Dual enrollment classes added at Rochester High
Posted: January 19, 2018

Students at Rochester High School will have another educational option starting next fall following the school board’s approval of a new College Now program at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Drew Hill earns degree from Univ. of Missouri
Posted: January 19, 2018

Drew W. Hill, a 2014 graduate of Rochester High School, recently graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia. 

Friday 01/12/2018
Art reception at Rochester Library Friday, Jan. 19
Posted: January 12, 2018

The public is invited to attend a reception of the Lost Bridge Area Artists Friday, January 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Public Library.

Village approves gaming machines at Phillips 66
Posted: January 12, 2018

The Rochester village board took action at Monday’s quick 25-minute regular meeting to allow gaming machines at the Phillips 66 convenience store.

Thursday 12/28/2017
Lohse, Fitzgerald honored by Dept. of Agriculture
Posted: December 28, 2017

Each year, the Illinois Department of Agriculture holds a holiday luncheon to honor all employees and recognize a select few for their outstanding service.

MATHCOUNTS team restarted at Rochester JHS
Posted: December 28, 2017

After a two-year hiatus, Rochester Schools has revived the MATHCOUNTS team, providing yet another STEM opportunity for Rochester students.  

Reynolds receives CSHP scholarship at UIS
Posted: December 28, 2017

Preston Reynolds of Springfield, a senior at Rochester High School, has been admitted to University of Illinois Springfield and awarded a $22,000 Capital Scholars Honors Program Scholarship for tuition over four years. Reynolds plans to major in computer science at UIS.

Friday 12/22/2017
Adult reading program starts Jan. 2 at library
Posted: December 22, 2017

Got the winter blues? Dreaming of somewhere warm and sunny? Escape the cold with the Rochester Public Library on a journey around the world - this year’s adult reading program begins Tuesday, January 2 and is your passport to exotic destinations around the world.

New water source, cooperative discussed at special meeting
Posted: December 22, 2017

A potential new source of water for the Village of Rochester was the sole topic for a public meeting held Monday at the village hall. Village president Joe Suerdieck presided over the meeting, which was attended by around 25 residents along with members of the village board and administrative staff.

School board considering College Now option at RHS
Posted: December 22, 2017

The Rochester school board received a report about a new program that would expand career and college options for Rochester High students at its regular meeting Monday.

Thursday 12/07/2017
HEARTS scarf drive open to Friday, Dec. 22
Posted: December 07, 2017

The HEARTS youth group in Rochester is holding a scarf drive through Friday, December 22. The scarves can be sent to the high school and dropped off in Mrs. Powell’s room, at Beach Buns Tanning Salon or the Rochester Public Library. A box for donations is also at Keefner’s Restaurant in Springfield.

Emanuela Bruce named College Scholar at WIU
Posted: December 07, 2017

Emanuela I. Bruce of Rochester is one of six students participating in Western Illinois University’s fall 2017 undergraduate commencement ceremonies who have received the highest recognition from their colleges for their overall academic excellence by being named College Scholars.

Wednesday 11/22/2017
Holiday party at Rochester Library Saturday, Dec. 9
Posted: November 22, 2017

To celebrate the holiday season, the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Fire Department will host a free holiday party for children and their families at the library Saturday, December 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.

RHPS Christmas potluck set for Monday, Dec. 4
Posted: November 22, 2017

All members and prospective members of the Rochester Historical Preservation Society are invited to attend the RHPS Christmas meeting, which will be held Monday, December 4 at 6 p.m. at the Rochester United Methodist Church.

Thursday 11/09/2017
Evan Tomasko completes USAF basic training
Posted: November 09, 2017

U.S. Air Force Airman Evan A. Tomasko graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.