Zion-Benton News

Stories from the February 11, 2016 Issue


How do you make a marriage last? Six couples share their experience

By Sandy Dickson
Zion-Benton News staff 

These couples who live at Rolling Hills campus in Zion have marriages ranging from 59 to 75 years in length.

Donald and Dorothy Dorband (65 years)

Married Aug. 20, 1949

They met the first time when they both attended a swimming party through their Waukegan church. Their common athleticism fueled their attraction to each other. She was a swimming teacher at YWCA in Waukegan and he was on a swim team and especially proficient at the back stroke, which she admired, but especially his form. From there they started dating, which included going to beach parties and lots of swimming.

“He proposed in my dad’s driveway,” she says, though she had turned other men down. To him, she said yes readily, explaining, “When you’ve got the right one, you know it.”
He was age 20 and she age 19 when they wed.

They honeymooned in Waupaca, Wis. “By a lake, so he could swim,” she adds. After they married, she got him involved in snow skiing, which they enjoyed sharing through the years. She says early on, he used to take his wedding ring off when people asked him their anniversary date to look at the date engraved on the inside.
“Now it’s my license plate number,” he laughs. More...

D6 board disregards lawsuit

By Ginny Skweres

Zion-Benton News staff 

District 6 Superintendent Dr. Keeley Roberts was hired to replace the outgoing Dr. John Ahlgrim and came on board the summer of 2015. Before that, she had worked at the Round Lakes School District 116, Antioch School District 35 and was the principal at Shiloh Park School in Zion.

It has come to light that Dr. Roberts was named individually in a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court last March, along with Superintendent Constance Collins, Lee Palmer, executive vice-president of human resources and Principal Philip Georgia as well as the Round Lakes School District.

This lawsuit was filed by Claudia Vroman, and accuses the defendants of prejudice during the 2013-20014 school year. The Hispanic population at Round Lake is between 52 to 80 percent and is 38 percent at Zion District 6.

The lawsuit alleges that Roberts wanted Vroman removed as bilingual coordinator because she was Hispanic and expressed support for Spanish speaking students.   More...

Photo of the Week

Long-lasting love

Residents of Rolling Hills who have long-lasting marriages shared their stories with the Zion-Benton News just in time for Valentine’s Day. From left: Ray and Irene Zukley, the Rev. Gehl and Doris Devore, Don and Dorothy Dorbonds, Don and Nancy Mattson, Wil and Jeanne Hemayer. Not pictured here: Dr. Herb and Diane Laufenburg.



Shaton Wolverton, Principal of Newport Elementary School accepts a donation of new winter wear from Zion Woman’s Club members and Joni Marlowe, left, and Claire Erickson, right.


District 3 students responded when the Midwest Veteran’s Closet asked area schools to make Valentines for Veterans.
Above, Abby Johnson fifth-graders at Oak Crest School working hard to send their greetings.


Zee-Bee Kalina Hull rolled 1,080 at Regionals on Feb. 6 and qualified for Sectionals which will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 at Lake Bowl in Round Lake beginning at 9 a.m.