The ‘hot button’ issue of the moment for school districts across the state of Illinois, including Rochester, is what will the mask/face covering policy be for students and staff once the 2021-22 school year gets underway in August. 

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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.

The Rochester Public Library Farmers Market will officially re-open starting Sunday, June 6 and will continue every Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. (rain or shine) through September 26.

Earlier this month, Rochester High School announced its annual Student Recognition Award recipients. Top students in each class were honored as well as special award winners, as follows:

Graduation ceremonies for the Rochester High School Class of 2021 are set for Sunday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Rocket Booster Stadium. Current indoor gathering restrictions from COVID-19 guidelines have forced a move from the usual site at UIS. 

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Rochester Cemetery Monday, May 31 at 9 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by a social gathering at the Community Park pavilion. 

Rochester Superintendent of Public Works James Foster told the village board at its April 12 meeting that the North Walnut Street drainage project has nearly been completed.

Keely A. Williams of Rochester faces three counts of first degree murder and one count of aggravated domestic battery following a stabbing incident that resulted in the death of Joshua Pfeiler, 38, of Rochester.

Alex Peddie, a senior at Rochester High School, has been accepted into the Honors College at St. Louis University as a Vice Presidential scholarship recipient. She will be attending SLU next fall studying to become a neuro psychologist.

The Rochester 3A Community Unit School District and the Rochester Education Association have announced a new four-year collective bargaining agreement set to begin July 1, 2021. 

The Rochester Education Association will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum for school board candidates in the April 6 Consolidated Election Tuesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the forum will be broadcast on Youtube and can be accessed at this link: https://…

The Rochester Cemetery Board has scheduled the spring clean-up week for Monday, March 15 through Saturday, March 20. Please have decorations removed by March 15. For more information, contact Steve Taft at (217) 341-4003.

Logan Anguish and Madelyn Hill of Rochester were honored as Students of the Month at the Capital Area Career Center. Anguish was honored in October and Hill in December.

Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2021 need to complete online registration to initially enroll their child for kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

The Rochester Sparks in the Park Committee will host another chicken dinner fundraiser Wednesday, February 24 at the village hall. The drive-thru service will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with pickup at the front door to the village hall/library.

Rochester High School and Rochester Junior High had ten students honored as award winners at the annual Scholastic Art Awards for the Illinois Mid-State Region. Due to COVID-19, a virtual awards ceremony will held Sunday, February 14.

Senior United States District Judge Richard Mills sentenced Chase Brown, 21, of the 1000 block of Heathrow Lane, Rochester, to serve 37 months in federal prison for operating a sham medical equipment reseller business that defrauded businesses and individuals from various states.

Rochester village trustees voted to approve the 2020 tax levy and an ordinance amending the village code to allow water connections outside the village as part of a busy agenda at Monday’s regular meeting.

Deena Powell recently received the Illinois Business Education Assocation Teacher of the Year - Secondary Award for 2020. The announcement was made during the virtual opening session of the IBEA’s 58th annual Fall Conference.

The Rochester Library is opening a StoryWalk® in lieu of the normal Holiday Party with Santa. It will open Friday, December 4 and remain open until Christmas Day, December 25.

David Henton updated the Rochester village board on the Public Works Department at the board’s November 9 meeting.

Jon Schwartz was honored as the 2020 Rochester Citizen of the Year and the Rochester village board took action to allow the village to move forward with becoming a K-9 police department at Monday’s one-hour regular meeting.