Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford

The Start of Beauty Several business trips took John Anderson to Japan in the 1960s. However, a visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon inspired him to develop his swampy backyard, along Spring Creek in Rockford, to give Illinois it's own piece of Japan. John employed the assistance of designer Hoichi Kurisu, a master craftsman, and in 1978 construction began on the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Every path, tree, and rock placed in the gardens were done so with exact … [Read more...]

Retiring Superintendent Dave Pruneau named next Superintendent in Illinois District

Rochester Community Schools congratulates retiring Superintendent Dave Pruneau for being chosen as the next superintendent of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 in Illinois. Mr. Pruneau will assume his duties as the leader of Elmhurst’s 13 schools and over 8,000 students, beginning on July 1. “My experience in Rochester Community Schools has been invaluable to me, both professionally and personally,” said Mr. Pruneau. “The students, staff and parents are what make this a great school … [Read more...]