Author Archive: Anne Eickstadt

Grrrreat things happen when kids Shop with a Lion

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	A group of kids at Walmart discover the Lions’ mascot and Santa Claus strolling the aisles.

We let the kids pick out whatever they want.


American Legion Riders support veterans of Boone County

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	VAC Superintendent Robert Ryder with members of the American Legion Riders.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, a group of motorcycle riders descended on the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) of Boone County. Sporting their leathers and badges, many of these riders are Veterans themselves or are closely related to Veterans.


Norma J. Green obituary

Norma Jean Green died Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Norma Jean Green, 83 formerly of Sycamore, died Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Norma was born on Aug. 16, 1935, in Cooter, Mo., the daughter of Claude and Jessie Mae (Gibbs) Rhoads. She married Sherman Green. He preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1984. […]


Joyce P. Drake obituary

Joyce P. Drake of Belvidere went to be with the Lord on December 9

Joyce P. Drake of Belvidere went to be with the Lord on December 9, Joyce was born in Minneapolis, Min. on Sept. 27, 1919 the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Bouck) Turrittin. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business, and Northern Illinois University where she […]


Community gathers for annual Hometown Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Mrs. Ernest’s Kindergarten class in Caledonia and Miss Ernest’s Pre-Kindergarten class at Lincoln get help from Dave Ernest to reach the high parts of the tree.

“We have been doing this contest for about 26 or 27 years. Some years we are looking for families who need a tree and some years we are looking for sponsors to decorate a tree, but this year it all came together quickly.


Quick actions of the Belvidere Fire Department save a residence

SUBMITTED PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	The gas meter on the Pearl Street residence was on fire when the BFD arrived.

In a response time of four minutes, two fire engines, one fire chief, and seven firefighters were on site and working to control the flames.


Shop with a Kid in its 27th year

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Firefighters Greg Pavalatos, Nic Thornton (with pieces of tape on each of his fingers), and Dan Drall team up wrap gifts for the Shop with a Kid event at Walmart.

All 11 grade schools in Boone County submitted the names of several kids to join the law enforcement officers and firefighters.


Mike Hearn – Buc Pride – Buc Tough

COURTESY PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	“It’s not the X’s and the O’s, it’s the Jimmy’s and the Joe’s.” “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.” “Do something that matters – have fun.” “I miss football a little, but I miss putts a lot.” – Mike Hearn

Mike was a well-known football coach at Belvidere High School, home of the Belvidere Bucs, for 36 years.


Santa comes to the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	The Belvidere North Choraliers with director Dr. Vermilion surround Santa on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum.

Our best turnout ever for Santa at the museum…. over 100 people and over 50 of them children,” said Coordinator Trudy Konopka.


Lady Blue Thunder NIC-10 early front-runner

CHRIS ANDERSON PHOTOS Belvidere Republican Blue Thunders' Madison Directs (15) drives to the basket as Belvidere North traveled to Machesney Park on Nov. 27 to take on Harlem.

Belvidere North is in first place after the first few weeks of the 2018-2019 winter sports season.