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Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:32

Woolf Court Boil Order Lifted

The boil order for the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Woolf Court has been lifted.

The RMU Water Department will be replacing a fire hydrant located at the corner of 6th Street and Wolf Court on Wednesday July 27, weather permitting. The water in the 300, 400, and 500 blocks of Wolf Court will be off from approximately 9:00AM to 3:00PM. As a result, residents in this area will also be under a boil order until water samples are satisfactory.

For any questions regarding water service, please contact RMU Customer Service at 815-562-4155.

Bright Farms 0043BrightFarms, a startup revolutionizing the U.S. produce supply chain by creating the first national brand for local produce, today made its first produce shipment from the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse in Rochelle, IL to Mariano’s Chicagoland stores and Roundy’s Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market stores in Wisconsin. The greenhouse will grow over one million pounds of the freshest and most flavorful salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year exclusively for Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. (Roundy’s), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).

A model for the future of local, low-impact farming, the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse is now the most productive farm in the Chicagoland market, the most sustainable source of year-round baby greens and tomatoes in all of Illinois, and among the most productive salad greens farms, per square foot, in the world. It creates permanent green collar jobs, significantly reduces food miles, and improves the environmental impact of the food supply chain.

"Consumers want access to fresh, local produce year-round and we, along with Roundy's, are working tirelessly to meet this demand in the Chicagoland market," said BrightFarms Chief BrightFarmer (CEO), Paul Lightfoot. "Produce from our Chicagoland Greenhouse is delivered within 24 hours of harvest and often grown less than 100 miles from where it's sold. That’s a 98 percent improvement from the thousands of miles produce usually must travel to reach supermarket shelves."

A cutting-edge, scalable solution to Americans' increasing demand for local and sustainable food, the greenhouse encompasses over 160,000 square-feet. It uses 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and significantly less energy to grow its products than the items it replaces on supermarket shelves. All produce is Non-GMO and pesticide-free.

"We're thrilled that we can offer customers access to fresh lettuces, tomatoes and herbs within 24 hours of harvest," said Bob Mariano, President & CEO of Roundy's. "Together with BrightFarms we're working to improve the food supply chain -- a win for the environment and a big step in the right direction."

BrightFarms is recognized as a thought leader in the local food movement because of its unique ability to provide sustainable, local produce at a profitable, commercial scale. It's business model, crafting partnerships with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors, allows it to give retailers steady supply and pricing and to provide consumers year-round access to the freshest produce possible. Together with strategic partners such as Roundy's, BrightFarms is improving the landscape of modern farming and supply.

"We're honored BrightFarms chose to put down roots in Rochelle, and are thrilled that it's now up and running," said Rochelle Mayor, Chet Olson." This project has created 30 local green collar jobs and over 100 local construction jobs, which means more dollars have been kept in the Rochelle community."

ABOUT BRIGHTFARMS: BrightFarms grows local produce, nationwide. BrightFarms finances, builds, and operates local greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors, enabling it to quickly and efficiently eliminate time, distance, and costs from the food supply chain. BrightFarms’ growing methods, a model for the future of scalable, sustainable local farming, uses far less energy, land and water than conventional agriculture. Fast Company recognizes BrightFarms as “One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” and one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food” in the world. For more information, please visit www.brightfarms.com.

The Rochelle Police Department will participate in the Special Olympics Torch Run on Wednesday June 8 at approximately 11:30AM. The Flame of Hope will be carried by our local law enforcement from the intersection of Route 251 and 38 to the Rochelle Municipal Airport on Gurler Road.

The Rochelle Police Department invites local children with disabilities to be a part of the race in several ways including sharing names on t-shirts or riding along in the squad car for the race. If your child would like to participate, please contact Sandy Sullivan at 562-2131. The Police Department also accepts donations to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Donations may be made at the Police Department located at 416 North 6th Street in Rochelle.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the movement's largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. At its most basic level the Torch Run is an actual running event, in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope™ to the Opening Ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions and State and National Games. Annually, more than 85,000 dedicated, compassionate and volunteer law enforcement officers participate in the torch run throughout 46 nations, 12 Canadian provinces and 50 US states, raising more than $51 Million USD for local Special Olympics programs in 2014 and over $560 Million since its inception in 1981.

On 010316 at approximately 6:06 p.m., members of the Rochelle Police Department responded to a robbery at the Lupita Supermarket. It was reported that a male subject had asked a cashier to make change for him. When the cash register was opened, he pushed the clerk and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and fled from the scene.

On 012616 at approximately 10:54 p.m., Rochelle officers were dispatched to the Shell gas station (505 Hwy 38) for a similar robbery call. The clerk stated that a male brought an item up to the counter for purchase. While she was processing the transaction, the male reached into the cash drawer and took approximately $150.00 before fleeing the scene.

On 012716 after further investigation, Jorge A. Delgado, 32, of Rochelle, was arrested and charged in connection with these incidents. Mr. Delgado was charged with two counts of burglary (class 2 felony). At this time he is in custody at the Ogle County Jail in lieu of bond.

Sunday, 03 January 2016 09:48

January 2 Storm Siren Malfunction

On January 2, around 11:45 PM, the County's storm siren system malfunctioned and was sounded throughout Ogle County.  At this time, there is no threat of severe weather.  Operation of the siren has been turned over to the Rochelle Police Department while the Motorola team works to correct the issue in Oregon.

mightyvineeventToday, the City of Rochelle welcomes MightyVine to our growing business scape!  

Working under the mantra that the best tasting tomatoes are grown closest to home, MightyVine will provide restaurants and retailers in the greater ChicagoMilwaukee-Madison area with premium local tomatoes harvested at the peak of ripeness and immediately delivered to the market within hours of being picked, not weeks. Initial planting will focus on two varieties of on-the-vine, premium glasshouse tomatoes: the MightyVine Roterno and MightyVine Robinio, a slicing tomato and cherry tomato, respectively. These varietals, exclusively grown in the United States by MightyVine, were developed for their intense tomato flavor, rather than their ability to be trucked across the country. MightyVine tomatoes are responsibly grown under pristine conditions, utilizing the best industry practices and the latest greenhouse technology, using only 10 percent of the water used for field grown tomatoes.

BrightFarms Groundbreaking PhotoBrightFarms, a start-up revolutionizing the U.S. produce supply chain by creating the first national brand of local produce, today broke ground on the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse in Rochelle, IL. This project is a partnership with Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. (Roundy's), a leading grocer in the Midwest. Slated for completion in early 2016, it will provide produce for Roundy’s stores. It is being built in partnership with Clean Feet Investors. 

A model for the future of local, low-impact farming, the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse will be the most productive farm in the Chicagoland market, the most sustainable source of year-round baby greens and tomatoes in all of Illinois, and among the most productive salad greens farms, per square foot, in the world. It will create permanent green collar jobs, significantly reduce food miles, and improve the environmental impact of the food supply chain.

"Consumer demand for local is growing exponentially -- and for good reason: long distance produce hurts the environment and compromises freshness, quality and taste," said BrightFarms Chief BrightFarmer (CEO), Paul Lightfoot. "This greenhouse farm will allow Roundy’s to provide its customers with year-round produce that is not only gardenfresh, but that conserves land and water, eliminates agricultural runoff and reduces greenhouse gas emission."

A cutting-edge, scalable solution to Americans' increasing demand for local and sustainable food, The BrightFarms Chicagoland greenhouse will be 160,000 square-feet and grow over 1,000,000 pounds of the freshest and most flavorful salad greens, herbs and tomatoes per year. The greenhouse will use 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 95 percent less shipping fuel than conventional produce companies and, on average, 64 percent less energy to grow its products than the items it replaces on supermarket shelves. All produce will be pesticide-free.

"We're thrilled that our stores will be able to deliver consumers the freshest, most local greens, herbs and tomatoes possible," said Bob Mariano, CEO and chairman of Roundy's. "BrightFarms is a model for the future of food and we look forward to exemplifying, together with them, what that future should look like." 

BrightFarms is recognized as a thought leader in the local food movement because of its unique ability to provide sustainable, local produce at a profitable, commercial scale. It's business model, crafting partnerships with supermarket chains for each greenhouse, allows it to give retailers steady supply and pricing and to provide consumers year-round access to the freshest produce. Together with strategic partners such as Roundy's, BrightFarms is improving the landscape of modern farming and supply.

"We're honored BrightFarms chose to put down roots in Rochelle, and are excited for the completion of the greenhouses early next year," said Rochelle Mayor, Chet Olson. " By 2016, the project will have created over 23 local green collar jobs and over 100 local construction jobs, which means more dollars will be kept in the Rochelle community."

ABOUT BRIGHTFARMS: BrightFarms grows local produce, nationwide. BrightFarms finances, builds, and operates local greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, cities, capital sources, and vendors, enabling it to quickly and efficiently eliminate time, distance, and costs from the food supply chain. BrightFarms’ growing methods, a model for the future of scalable, sustainable local farming, uses far less energy, land and water than conventional agriculture. Fast Company recognizes BrightFarms as “One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” and one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food” in the world. For more information, please visit www.brightfarms.com.

One of the curses of living in northern latitudes afflicts Chicagoans every fall: How can you buy fresh produce when the fields are frozen? "The answer, for a growing number of farmers, is to bring the plants inside. Now comes an industrial-scale venture that aims to provide an alternative to one of winter's most cruel impositions: the tasteless tomato.

Backed by $11 million from more than a dozen individual investors, hydroponic farm MightyVine has built a sparkling 7.5-acre greenhouse amid farmland and big-box warehouses 80 miles west of Chicago's Loop, in Rochelle. The startup plans to plant its first crop of two varietals on Aug. 1, begin harvesting in October and supplying Chicago restaurants and retailers the same day each batch of ripened tomatoes is picked."


To read the entire article, visit Crain's online here.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:08

RMU Introduces Interactive Voice Response System

RMU is introducing a new interactive voice response system to better serve our customers. The system is an automated telephony system that interacts with callers, gathers information and routes calls to the appropriate recipient. During normal business hours, the RMU Customer Service Representatives will still be available to answer calls. However, after normal business hours, the customer will receive voice responses for appropriate situations and have access to relevant data. For example, during a power outage, customers can report an outage and/or receive a message about the location and expected duration of an outage.

The new interactive voice response system will provide customers with more information and help RMU continue to provide excellent customer service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RMU Customer Service office at 815-562-4155.

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