Author Archive: Anne Eickstadt

Family is grateful for the caring hearts of Belvidere firefighters

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	Hayden Angelico and her father came to visit Firefighters Chad Cunningham and Todd Winnie who were the first on the scene when Hayden needed help.

While at the hospital, Hayden was visited by her BFD responders who brought her gifts. They were worried about her and asked her to stop by the fire station so they could find out how well she is doing.


Harvard Lady Sting team wins Game Day USA tournament

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	Harvard Lady Sting Softball team recently won the Game Day USA fast pitch softball tournament.

This team just never gave up. At one point in the Championship game the team was down 4-1…


Neighbors’ Fest offers opportunity for a community gathering

The Cactus League of older boys played ball on one diamond while the four to six year-olds played the next diamond over.

“The whole idea of Neighbors’ Fest is to get people to the park, to get them together to have fun and talk,” said Ron Maxey, past president of the Lions Club and current League Director for North Boone Baseball


Honoring John H. Kaiser, namesake of Belvidere VFW Post 1461

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	Event organizer John Darley addresses the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the John H. K Kaiser memorial held June 10.  Kaiser, a U.S. Marine, was killed in action fighting the Germans during World War I, 100 years ago this month, and is the namesake of the Belvidere VFW post.

“I think it’s important the public recognize the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make for the country,” said John Darley, a Vietnam War veteran himself and organizer of the ceremony.


Summer kickoff party begins with a challenge

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Daily Republican
	The Belvidere Family YMCA provided the ‘Pin the Badge on the Cop’ game and other fun activities for the Summer Lunch Kick Off Party.

The Belvidere Police Department, City of Belvidere, Belvidere Fire Department and Belvidere Family YMCA hosted a free family fun event on Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Highline Drive and Lake Shore Drive.


Well-deserved promotions awarded at the Belvidere Fire Dept.

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Daily Republican
	Chief Al Hyser, Lieutenant Chris Letourneau, Captain Shawn Schadle, and Mayor Mike Chamberlain at the Belvidere Fire Dept. promotion ceremony.

City Hall was the gathering place on Friday morning, June 8, as two firefighters took their Oath of Office as they received promotions. Shawn Schadle moved up in rank from Lieutenant to Captain and Chris Letourneau became a Lieutenant.


The annual Belvidere Late Night Flea Market returns

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	11th annual Fleas on Steroids late night market will be held June 16.

It’s treasure-hunting at its finest, as dealers gather their ‘fleas’ and stuff including antiques, crafts, county furniture, old comics, toys, memorabilia of all sorts, and lots of collectibles.


Healthy Living Expo draws mature crowds for a fun event

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Daily RepublicanRep. Joe Sosnowski laughs with guests in the cafeteria at Belvidere North High School during breakfast.

The Boone County Council on Aging presented their 16th annual Healthy Living Expo at Belvidere North High School on Tuesday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. The theme this year was 50s/60s/70s TV comedies.


North Boone LEO Club donates $4000 to transplant house

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	The North Boone LEOs, the youth branch of the Capron Lions Club, prepare to present a check for $4000 to Restoring Hope Transplant House.

The LEO Club at North Boone High School has recently raised $4000 to benefit the Restoring Hope Transplant House.


Firefighter considers hometown accomplishments

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	Hometown firefighter Cpt. Brian Harbison is retiring from the Belvidere Fire Dept. and moving to a new position in Fox Crossing, Wis.

“It all started in April, 1995,” Cpt. Brian Harbison said. “I went to the fire academy in Rockford for ten weeks to achieve the minimum state requirements. Then I was assigned a station and a shift. Then I went on to get my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) license in the fall of 1995.