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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.

Maren Hope Lowrey of Rochester was among the 155 graduates that Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law conferred Juris Doctor degrees on during its 44th hooding and graduation ceremony May 13. The ceremony was held in Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the P…

Rochester High School held its annual Student Recognition Awards Day Friday morning, May 6. Top students in each class were honored as well as special award winners, as follows: 

The Rochester village board, with only a quorum of four, took care of a light agenda at Monday’s 35 minute regular meeting. Trustee Chadd Carver was present along with president Joe Suerdieck and trustees Doug Zobrist and Stacia Munroe participated by phone.

The Rochester village board, with all trustees present, voted 6-0 to approve an increase in sewer rates at Monday’s quick 25 minute regular meeting. The board also approved the hiring of two officers for the Rochester Police Department.

Recognizing upcoming Earth Week, the Rochester Arbor Committee and Village of Rochester have scheduled two tree planting days in the village parks. Over 170 mostly native trees of 17 species will be planted in four village parks.

The Friends of the Rochester Public Library’s annual book sale is coming soon. The Semi-Annual Book Sale will run from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 in the Community Room of the village hall/library.

The Rochester Farmers Market needs volunteers or groups to serve as market manager this year. Due to staffing changes, the Rochester Public Library is no longer able to run the market on Sundays although the library will continue to do the administrative duties during the week.

The Rochester Arbor Committee (formerly Arboretum Committee) will meet at the village hall Tuesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. to plan spring tree planting workdays in village parks, according to Molly Godar, Committee Chair. 

The Rochester 3A Board of Education held its regular meeting for February this past Monday night at the RHS Learning Commons. All board members and superintendent Dan W. Cox were in attendance. 

A vision, hearing and development screening for children ages 2 1/2 to five years old in the Rochester School District will be held Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8. To schedule your child’s screening, contact Sloane Huddleston at (217) 498-6210, ext. 1522 or shuddleston@rochester3a.net.

The Rochester village board handled a busy agenda at a 65-minute regular meeting Monday, including approval of an ordinance levying and assessing taxes for the village’s corporate purposes for the next fiscal year.

The Rochester Police Department is launching into its fourth annual ELFs (Everyday Law-enforcement Friends) Program. The program was designed to help families dealing with financial hardship receive a fantastic Christmas.

The Rochester Public Library is hosting the second annual Fall Festival at Rochester Community Park Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 24 from 12 to 3 p.m.

The Rochester village board approved an ordinance at Mon-day’s 40 minute regular meeting that will mean a major change in the way the village government operates.The board voted 4-1 (Zobrist no, Munroe absent) to approve Ordinance 21-22, which amend-ed the village code to create a Committee …

The Village of Rochester has a population of 3,863 according to the figures recently released by the United States Census Bureau for the 2020 Census.

Secretary of State Jesse White has awarded the Fiscal Year 2021 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $18.1 million to 638 public libraries in Illinois.

The 2021-2022 school year in the Rochester School District is underway, and school officials and principals shared some of their early observations at Monday’s regular Board of Education meeting, held at the RHS Learning Commons.

Stacia Munroe accepts congratulations from village president Joe Suerdieck after being named the 2021 Rochester Citizen of the Year at Saturday evening’s Sparks in the Park Celebration.