Author Archive: Anne Eickstadt

Firefighters flip pancakes in Garden Prairie

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	The Boone County Fire District 2 Firefighters Association serves a sumptuous pancake breakfast with all the trimmings to the community of Poplar Grove.

This is one of our annual fundraisers,” said volunteer firefighter Brian Block of Boone County Fire District 2 Firefighters Association of their pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 3.


Pre-schoolers meet Belvidere police officer

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	Officer Tim receives many ‘high fives’ from the kids for everything he has done during his visit to the class.

The kids were very quiet and careful when this tall police officer entered the room but did not take very long before he had them smiling and eager to talk.


National Association of Regional Councils agrees on two issues

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	Belvidere’s Mayor Mike Chamberlain and Rockford’s Michael Dunn, Jr. of R-1 in Washington DC.

Our choices ranged from transportation to the workforce, environment to economic and community development, and beyond.


High school actors learn to fly high for production of Peter Pan

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	Audrea Cannon of Vertigo choreographs the fight and flight scenes with the students as they prepare to perform Peter Pan.

It looks so easy but it’s not. You have to be in complete control of your body. It’s hard, but it is super cool.


The melting pot of America is seasoned with many flavors

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	Anita Nedved, Leah Bush, and Rosie Hernandez presented attendees with personal views and stories of some of the various communities that are a part of this country.

a lady who was coming home sick from work hit our minivan head on. My aunt, who was driving, did not make it. My brother was fine. I suffered whiplash from that crash. The car behind us slammed into us and I suffered a spinal cord injury.
“The hospital had never seen a four-year-old with that much damage. I remained in the hospital for four months. But 4 year-olds can adapt.


Mini golf course winds its way through the library

Wyatt Cassidy, age 5, of Caledonia, enjoys playing Mini Golf for the very first time in the Cherry Valley Public Library with his grandparents.

The Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St. Cherry Valley, held its largest fundraiser of the year on Saturday and Sunday


Land of Smiles dental health program visits North Boone Schools

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	The Tooth Wizard catches PlaqueMan in the act.

To help kids learn about the importance of good oral health and how to fight tooth decay, two costumed characters – Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan – put on a fun, interactive performance with kindergarten through fourth grade students


Spaghetti dinner raises funds for Explorer youth

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	The North Boone Explorers, and a few instructors and supporters, take a short break from preparing spaghetti for the community.

“We train them the same way as we train our firefighters so they can have realistic experience. The Explorers have their own rank structure just as the fire department does.


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

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	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.

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