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The Rochester Farmers Market will be held each Sunday during the month of September in the parking lot of the village hall/ library, concluding Sunday, September 27. 

At a special meeting held Tuesday, August 26, the Rochester CUSD 3A Board of Education voted to appoint Don Carley to the position vacated by the resignation of Randy Hawkins. Following the vote, Mr. Carley was sworn in. 

Following a meeting with local and state school officials, health officials, physicians and superintendents this past Saturday, Rochester CUSD 3A superintendent Dan Cox has decided that the district will start the 2020-21 school year with remote learning only. 

Randy Hawkins, a 22-year Rochester Board of Education member, resigned from the board at the end of Monday’s special board meeting at the RHS Learning Center. 

Online registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open for all Rochester CUSD 3A students. Parents can access online registration through Skyward Family Access. The Skyward Family Access link is located on the district’s website www.rochester3a.net.

Chad Williams, 41, Pastor of Rochester First Baptist Church, died unexpectedly and suddenly while hiking with his wife and missionary friends in Denali, Alaska Monday, July 13. 

Rochester Superintendent of Schools Dan W. Cox reiterated the administration’s goal is to return to in-person learning for the start of the new school year in a message to the district issued Friday, June 19. 

The Abe Lincoln Chapter of the Illinois Education Association Retired Teachers are announcing that Danielle Booth, daughter of Ray and Dione Booth of Rochester, and Macy Byer, daughter of Chris and Shanda Byer of Loami, are the 2020 recipients of the Sharon Miller Memorial Scholarship. Each …

The Rochester village board took action to upgrade the Public Works Department fleet with the purchase of two new trucks at Monday’s 45 minute regular meeting. All trustees were present, with Joe Hill participating remotely via Zoom.

Rochester CUSD 3A has announced this year’s winners of the Those Who Excel Teacher of the Year and Support Personnel/Team of the Year, as well as the Impact Award, given to a staff member in their first or second year at Rochester.

The Rochester Police Department issued the following statement on its Facebook page concerning the village’s burn pile adjacent to Community Park. 

As per Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, as the Central Illinois region enters Phase 3, the Rochester Public Library District will open its building Monday, June 1.

Rochester Chief of Police Kaleb Johnson reported the RPD has made progress on the rash of vehicle burglaries that occured throughout the village April 10-11.

The Rochester village board voted 6-0 on two separate motions to seek bids on a pair of major infrastructure projects at its 50 minute regular meeting held Monday evening. All trustees were present, with Joe Hill, Matt Butcher, Doug Zobrist and Stacia Munroe participating via Zoom.

Five students from Rochester Intermediate School were among the winners in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s 33rd annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. 

Madeline Schurman of Springfield was recently inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Schurman is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Rochester High School Rocket Yearbook is seeking the community’s help! We would like to know what our 800 high school students have been doing since Illinois declared citizens “Shelter in Place”.

The Rochester village board held a special meeting Monday, most of which was taken up by discussion of the village’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget. Trustees Matt Butcher and Stacia Munroe participated by phone, as did village clerk Lynn Langdon.

Rochester Schools will be closed March 16-30 following a mandate by Governor JB Pritzker last week over concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume Tuesday, March 31.

Rochester High School will present the musical “Beauty & The Beast” March 13-15 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are still available online at rochester3a.net.