Author Archive: Anne Eickstadt

Firefighter promotion ceremony is a joyous occasion

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Lt. Chad Cunningham and Capt. Dave Burdick are ready to take up the responsibilities that come with their new promotions.

With the retirement of firefighting veteran Captain Greg Holmes, the Belvidere Fire Dept. had an opening for a new captain.


Hang It Up Art Sale has something for everyone

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	The Hang It Up fundraiser for the Cherry Valley Library drew hundreds of donations of paintings, photos, quilts, and anything to be placed on a wall.

“We are raising money for an expansion of the building. It will contain a new Youth Services Program room. We also want to install a drive-up book return. That is our goal.


Poplar Grove’s Christmas tree lights up the season

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	The 2018 Miss Boone County Fair and Little Miss tell Santa what they want for Christmas at the Poplar Grove Tree Lighting ceremony.

The annual tree lighting ceremony is the official kick-off for the holiday season in Poplar Grove.


New firefighter/paramedic joins Belvidere Fire Dept.

COURTESY PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Firefighter/paramedic Joe Erber takes his oath to serve the Belvidere community at City Hall.

“I really love this area. I have been working as a full-time paramedic with Lifeline Ambulance. I have also been a volunteer firefighter in Capron with Chief Greg Holmes.”


From the bee to the bottle: Beekeeping in Boone County

	Vince Melillo of Belvidere began beekeeping this year and has already seen great success.

Melillo has been documenting his fledgling business on YouTube. He split his hives in July and now has four producing hives still within his first year of beekeeping.


Boone County Community Foundation awards 2018 grants

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Grant recipients gathered at the end of the ceremony for a group photo with the presentation check.

The Boone County Community Foundation held their annual Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Grant Breakfast on Nov. 13.


Boone County Treasurer ascends to position of president in Peoria

Boone County Treasurer ascends to position of president in Peoria

Boone County Treasurer Curtis Newport was elected President of the Illinois County Treasurers’ Association


2018 Chamber Chili Competition results

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Generations Chiropractic Wellness won the Chamber Chili Competition with a chili made of venison, elk, and bear.

This year the long-running annual event had 30 Chamber of Commerce members competing, 17 sets of judges (judges work in pairs), and a possible score of 850 points.


Reflections of a retiring BFD Captain

COURTESY PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Captain Greg Holmes retires after over 27 years with the Belvidere Fire Dept.

“I have completed 27 years for the BFD and I have started my 28th year. It’s been a good – a real good – career. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of great guys. Overall, a wonderful bunch of guys. The city has done an excellent job of hiring good people.”


Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club to donate to OSF HealthCare

SUBMITTED PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Members of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club presented a $1,600 check to the OSF HealthCare on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St.

“We are grateful for the club’s continuous support,” said Ryan Duvall, strategic philanthropy officer for the OSF Saint Anthony Foundation. “We see many incredible patient outcomes from the burn unit, and to receive community support like this is very gratifying.”