News Briefs from Rockton & Roscoe: 2/3/2022


The 2022 Stateline Chamber Awards Gala will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms. Our own reporter Marianne Mueller will be a finalist for the Cyndy Fogerty Lifetime Achievement Award, along with former Hononegah principal Eric Flohr and school board president David Kurlinkus. Other awards will be awarded for New Business of the Year,  Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Pride of the Stateline, and Community Service. 

The American Red Cross has declared a national blood crisis for the first time ever, and fortunately, Rockton and Roscoe has three blood drives coming up in the next week. Check our community events calendar for times and locations.

Talcott Library is arranging blind dates - with books. The books are covered in plain brown paper with a dating profile on the front: "All about me... Age, genre, hometown, three words about me, my fav pickup line, barcode" - but it doesn't give the title or author. Find out more about this clever idea on their Facebook page and find more about the library on their website.

This weekend, Parker Hearne, a native of Roscoe and graduate of Hononegah High School, is beginning his fourth straight year with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's tennis team. Hearne, a senior math major, competed exclusively in doubles last season and posted a 7-4 record.

The BMO Harris Bank will be closing their branch near Schnuck's in April, according to a letter the bank sent to customers. A bank spokesperson told us, "We made the decision to close our Roscoe branch (located at 4844 Hononegah Road), effective April 2022. Our customers are changing how they want to conduct their banking with us, and we continually assess the performance of all of our operations, including our branches, to ensure we are best positioned to meet our customers’ evolving needs. BMO customers are encouraged to visit our nearby branch at 1530 West Lane in Machesney Park, which offers lobby and drive-up services."

Braxton Brown of Rockton has earned Semester Honors for the Fall 2021 semester at Edgewood College, a liberal arts Catholic college in Madison with 2,000 students.

Two local students attending Wheaton College were named to the Dean's List in the Fall 2021 semester: Paul Fay of Roscoe and Elisabeth Patterson of Rockton. Wheaton College is a high-ranked coeducational Christian liberal arts college in the west Chicago suburbs, founded in 1860.

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