Retired teachers honored by board

RECOGNIZING RETIRED TEACHERS–At their Aug. 24 meeting, the Randolph County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 1 as Randolph County Retired Teachers’ Day. Pictured at the signing are: seated: Commissioenrs David Holder, Ronnie White and Marc Kiehna; standing: retired teachers Steve Gerlach, Judy Gerlach, Emily Lyons, Emilie Roehrkasse, Anna Gross, Carol Harms, Nona Shaw, Melanie Green, Carolyn Schwent and Kathy Franklin.

Upcoming events and the recognition of area retired teachers were discussed at the Aug. 24 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Carolyn Schwent, on behalf of the Chester Public Library, was excited to noted that the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” will be at the library on Sept. 8 through Oct. 20.

The library is really proud to have this exhibit,” she said, adding that it was a competitive process to be selected as one of the six communities in Illinois to host the exhibit. In addition, Chester will be the first to host it.

The exhibit will run in conjunction with a local companion exhibit, “Change thorough a Local Lens,” which will feature Kaskaskia, the Mississippi River, coal, farms, factories and more.

There will be several free public programs for the companion exhibits including one on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. which features exhibit co-curator, Dr. Debra Reid, who is originally from Rockwood.

Several area retired teachers were on hand to witness the signing of the annual proclamation declaring Sept. 1 as Randolph County Retired Teachers’ Day.

The proclamation noted that 43 members of the Randolph County Retired Teachers Association gave 14,921 hours of voluntary service in the 2017-18 school year.

For more from the Randolph County Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.