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On Friday, a grand opening event was held for Luna at 531 S. 7th St. in Rochelle. The event included a ribbon cutting, appetizers & drinks, and live music. 
Grand opening held Friday, June 7 for Luna in Rochelle
On Friday, a grand opening event was held for Luna at 531 S. 7th St. in Rochelle. The event included a ribbon cutting, appetizers & drinks, and live music. 
Rochelle Community Hospital’s XCEL Orthopedics will provide sports physicals this month on June 11, 18 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sports physicals will be performed this season by Harrison Swalla, MPAS, PA-C; and Carter Gallick, PA-C, ATC of XCEL Orthopedics. 
RCH’s XCEL Orthopedics offering sports physicals this month, proceeds will be donated
Rochelle Community Hospital’s XCEL Orthopedics will provide sports physicals this month on June 11, 18 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sports physicals will be performed this season by Harrison Swalla, MPAS, PA-C; and Carter Gallick, PA-C, ATC of XCEL Orthopedics. 
Residents of Lincoln Manor have spent the past two months making sleeping mats from recycled plastic shopping bags to donate to Miss Carly's, a non-profit dedicated to the homeless in Rockford.
Lincoln Manor residents make sleeping mats out of plastic bags to donate to Miss Carly’s
Residents of Lincoln Manor have spent the past two months making sleeping mats from recycled plastic shopping bags to donate to Miss Carly's, a non-profit dedicated to the homeless in Rockford.
Sports

Girls Track: Oregon athletes conclude season at IHSA State Championships

Above are Lorelei Dannhorn, Grace Tremble, Lexi Ebert, Miranda Ciesiel, Daleanah Koertner and Rylie Robertson.
The Oregon High School girls track and field team sent several student-athletes to the IHSA State Championships, which were held at Eastern Illinois University earlier this month. 

Girls Track: Forreston-Polo athletes medal at IHSA State Championships

The Forreston-Polo girls track and field team competed in seven events at the IHSA State Championships in Charleston this season.
Hailey Smith, an elementary middle education major from Stillman Valley, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater club softball team, which earned the 2024 National Club Softball Association Division II national championship after winning the World Series last weekend.
Stillman Valley’s Hailey Smith part of club softball national title at UW-Whitewater
Hailey Smith, an elementary middle education major from Stillman Valley, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater club softball team, which earned the 2024 National Club Softball Association Division II national championship after winning the World Series last weekend.
Boys Track: Byron athletes finish season at IHSA State Championships
Byron High School athletes Sam Gentz and Tim Starwalt represented the boys track and field team in the IHSA State Championships at Eastern Illinois University. 
Girls Track: Forreston-Polo athletes receive Police and Fire escort
The Forreston-Polo girls track and field team was welcomed home via a special escort from the local police and fire departments.
Girls Track: Forreston-Polo wins IHSA 1A Oregon Sectional
The Forreston-Polo girls track and field team won the IHSA 1A Oregon Sectional on Friday, May 10 with 101.5 total points.
Girls Track: Stillman Valley sends two athletes to IHSA State Championships
The Stillman Valley High School girls track and field team sent two athletes to the IHSA State Championships at Eastern Illinois University earlier this month.
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Obituaries
Obituaries
Joretta K. Wolf
Joretta K. Wolf
Joretta K. Wolf, 83, from Milledgeville, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, June 7, 2024, to reunite with God, her husband-the love of her life for 64 years who passed just 60 days prior, and other loved ones who had gone before her to heaven.
Constance ‘Connie’ Miller
Constance ‘Connie’ Miller
Constance “Connie” Miller, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, age 88, went home to her Lord and Savior, June 9, 2024 in West Bend, Wisconsin with family by her side.
Richard L. Coffman
Richard L. Coffman
Richard L. Coffman, 92, of Polo, passed away Monday, June 10, 2024, at his home surrounded by family after a hard-fought battle with prostate cancer.
Gordon W. Merrill
Gordon W. Merrill
Gordon W. Merrill, 85, of Freeport died Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, S.D.
Donald E. Hambley
Donald E. Hambley passed away peacefully Sunday, May 5, 2024 at DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Michigan.
Opinion

Apparently, sports never end

Time to wrap up another year of writing about high-school sports until the calendar kicks off again later this summer.

Greenhouse gas emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency published the latest edition of the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022. The report has been published annually since 1990 and provides an annual estimate of all man-made greenhouse gas emission sources in the U.S. as well as estimates of the amount of carbon trapped in forest and vegetation soil.

Food, dieting and sports

As someone employed in food service for most of my life, it is with much interest that I attend the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago each May. Though I am retired from the business, it is still fascinating to observe the latest trends and changes in the industry.
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