Author Archive: Anne Eickstadt

The Safety Bowl returns to the YMCA

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTOS Belvidere RepublicanNicole O’Neill, dietician, has the kids actively help her make a banana wrap snack in the YMCA kitchen during the Safety Bowl.

“This is our third Safety Bowl,” said Dietician Nathan Hamman. “The first one we had at the hospital and families had to come to us. Last year we reached out to the YMCA, where kids already were. We hope to make the Safety Bowl bigger each year.


St. James holds a fashion show for all ages and sizes

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Emily Nipper rocks the runway at the St. James fashion show in an outfit from K. Paige.

The First Annual St. James School Fashion Show and Luncheon began at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17. The room was packed, the show sold out.


Ice Fishing Clinic draws the adventurous into Spencer Park

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Gianna Roby, age 10, and Helena Roby, age 7 ½, are enjoying their ice fishing experience while Tod Todd (in blue) uses the Vex Box to spot fish.

We offer this event totally free and provide hot dogs, chili, and hot cocoa. The participants don’t need to provide anything other than warm clothes.


Freezing rain does not stop cold-water rescue training

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTOS Belvidere Republican
	The BFD rescue team keeps a close eye on the guys on the ice as they haul them back to safety.

“People occasionally fall through the ice and panic or become disoriented so we also train to rescue someone who is struggling and/or fighting us.


Karl Ambroz Obituary

C. Karl Ambroz

Karl Ambroz, of Caledonia, passed away on January 22, 2019.


Guys and Dolls enthralls audiences in Boone County

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTOS Belvidere Republican
	Where’s the crap game going to be? The guys can’t wait to play.

The Main Street Players of Boone County are currently performing the classic show of Guys and Dolls, a musical that mixes idealized gangsters and showgirls with inner-city missionaries and ‘the oldest-established, permanent floating crap game in New York’ vs. police Lieutenant Brannigan who seeks to shut it down.


Sit down, sit down, sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat

SUBMITTED PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Gangsters of ‘Guys & Dolls’: (going clockwise from top) Todd Hilliard as Nathan Detroit, Keith Burritt as Big Jule, Jordan Christopherson as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, David Wilewski as Benny Southwest, and Seth Lambright as Angie the Ox.

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, ‘Guys & Dolls’ ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks, and Oliviers.


Belvidere squad cars are updated with a fresh, new look

COURTESY PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Former BPD Chief Jan Noble stands by the squad car we have all become familiar with. Current BPD Chief Shane Woody stands by the newly redesigned squad car.

“It is a stark contrast between the old and new looks.


Bits and Pieces of BOCO 2019

Bits and Pieces of BOCO 2019

The Boone County Business and Service Expo at the Community Center Building Complex, 111 W. 1st St., was held on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Three-peat for Belvidere North in state competitive cheerleading

COURTESY PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Belvidere North High School has taken the state title in coed competitive cheerleading for the third straight year.

Belvidere North has won a third consecutive state championship in coed competitive cheerleading and its point total gets higher as the first-place trophies continue to mount.