News Briefs from Rockton & Roscoe: 2/2/2022


Theresa Harris, owner of the popular Brass Octopus quilt shops in Rockton and Roscoe, has closed her business, anticipating weeks of bed rest after breaking her femur. She posted on her Facebook page, "And so it ends with a whisper from a recovery bed... Two years ago to date, we were planning the opening of a sweet, little shop. And now we bid it and the many friends made along the way a grateful farewell. May the road rise with you."

Feb. 2 is expected to be a cloudy day, and with an 85% chance of an inch of snow, groundhogs should stay indoors.

The villages of Roscoe and Rockton held board meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and we will publish details in the coming days.

In Rockton, the Village Board considered a redevelopment agreement with 103 E. Main St. FIBS, and a motor fuel tax resolution of $1,381 for streets and walks. The Rockton Yeti Fest is scheduled for February 9-12.

In Roscoe, the Village Board planned to give final approval for a five year lease agreement for high-tech equipment for the Roscoe Police Department. They are making plans for the reconstruction and paving of the Public Works parking lot and for the construction of sidewalks and ADA ramps in Shepherd Hills. They also discussed the purchase of a Cat 2022 926M Wheel Loader  and considered an alternate supply agreement for natural gas service to Village owned buildings and facilities.

The February 2022 edition of the Firehouse Scene, Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District newsletter, is now available online.

Hononegah Special Olympics won the Region A regional basketball competition last weekend, defeating the Opportunity House Lightning two times to qualify for the Illinois State Tournament. The state competition will take place in March.

Firefighters are sometimes called to rescue cats stuck in tall trees, but on Jan. 31, Harlem-Roscoe firefighters were dispatched to Queen Oaks Drive in Machesney Park to rescue a puppy that was stuck inside a reclining chair.

Even though the Center for Covid Control told employees last week that it was shutting down, signs are still on display on Hononegah Road for the COVID testing site near Schnuck's which was affiliated with it. The State of Washington is the latest to sue the company, accusing it of providing false negative results.

Hononegah Community High School has published the February 2022 edition of its HCHS Today newsletter - read it online or download it below.

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