By Marianne Mueller


Summer seems to have moved at an extremely quick pace and it is odd to be thinking of the start of a new school season. It is even stranger to think that this weekend will commemorate me being out of high school for 30 years.

Hononegah High School’s Class of 1986 is reuniting on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6. Friday night the first stop is at Whiskey’s Rockton Inn. From there a pub crawl begins. Saturday night moves to Roscoe to the Firehouse Pub and beyond.

Classmates can catch up with friends to see where life paths have led them in the past 30 years! An extra option to see friends is to come to a picnic from noon until 4 on Saturday afternoon at Settlers Park. Classmates may feel free to bring a picnic lunch, beverages and your family!

Every year local churches collect school supplies to assure the best education possible for area youth. Prince of Peace Church is collecting the following: #2 pencils, 16 count and 24 count crayons, 3X5 index cards, wide lined spiral notebooks, (70 pages), Black Sharpie with a fine tip, clipboard (standard size), colored pencils, Crayola markers-Classic colors, Crayola water color paints with a brush, disinfectant wipes, Elmer’s glue sticks,  Elmer’s glue- white, erasers, Expo Dry erase markers-primary or black, scissors, folders with double pockets on the bottom, Ziploc bags – quart and sandwich size, hand sanitzer, Highlighter markers, Kleenex, paper towels, and a 5X8 pencil box. Specific drop off times and location information is available by calling (815) 624-2115. School supplies will be distributed at Rockton and Riverview schools. The last day of donation is Aug. 28.

An integral place to learn is at Talcott Free Library. One of the main tools needed to achieve success is a library card. Children ages 5 and up qualify to obtain a library card when accompanied by a parent or a guardian. A whole new world opens up at Talcott Library with a fantastic book selection to choose from including reference materials. Stop into Talcott Library today!

Students may find a free ACT/SAT practice test on the Talcott Library website on the online research database: Gale Testing and Education Reference Center. The site is loaded with excellent information on colleges, technical schools, and executive programs. Also found is information about GED entrance, certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare, to get to and to excel at the next level. Just go to the Talcott Library site and click on “Reference” tab. Click on: “Online Databases,” and “Gale Testing & Education Reference Center under “Testing and Job’s Skills. Login using your library cards barcode and PIN. Only Talcott Library cards will be accepted. If you need help the friendly, and highly educated library staff is always glad to offer assistance!

It is never too late to learn as adults. Two book clubs welcome avid readers. Mark your calendars now for Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. where a coffee table book will be read. A second option is a book club featuring a book about a dog.

In between studies and visits to educational hot spots don’t forget to take in a football game. Four games remain of the Rockton Rush games. Aug.6 they play against Lincoln Way Patriots, Aug. 13 – Chicago Mustangs, Aug. 20-QC Raiders, and Aug. 27 the team takes on the Chicago Raiders.

All home games are played at the Rockton Athletic Fields where the best of semi-professional football is played. To find a full schedule of both home and away games go to Admission is $7 ages 18 and up, $3 (6-17). Children five and under enter at no charge.

Before school begins treat the family to a free movie night. An outdoor summer flick is being shown at Settlers Park on Aug.10. Bring your family, blankets, long chairs, or any snacks you would like and prepare to sit back, and relax while watching “The Penguins of Madagascar presented by the Village of Rockton in conjunction with the Beloit International Film Festival. Showtime is estimated at around 8:30 p.m.

Speaking of fun events now is the time to get in on the action of the Stateline Chamber of Commerce Retro Run coming to Settlers Park on Aug. 13. Pre-register online at or stop by Maximum Performance in person. Reserve your place now to participate in this fun, and friendly competition.

Come dressed in your best retro attire to support our local community! MaxP custom medals will be awarded along with prizes for best dressed participants. Race day registration opens at 5 p.m. with the event kicking off at 6 p.m.

The Rockton American Legion Walter Graham Post #332 54th Rifle Squad invites the public to a corn boil on Sunday, Aug. 7. Every year this event grows in popularity. Corn, BBQ chicken, or brats and all the fixings are on the menu. Adults pay $7, children 6-12- $4, and less than six years of age enter at no charge. Extra fun is available per a raffle offering a chance to win one of three cash prizes. First prize is $2,500 with a second and third winner going home with $500 each. Come out to the American Center on Rockton’s Main Street anytime between noon and 4. This event has long been known to be the perfect place to catch up with friends and neighbors!

I am personally looking forward to the Roscoe Rockton Lions Opening Day Ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 6. Last week the start time was listed as 9 a.m. The time has been changed to 10 a.m. when open to the public.

Plenty of educational opportunities are blending with pure fun to create a terrific balance!

Thanks for reading… Until Next Week!

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