RACVB releases Stroll on State by the numbers

RACVB releases Stroll on State by the numbers

5,406 volunteer hours, 62 parade floats highlight 7th Annual Stroll Stroll on State, presented by Illinois Bank & Trust, welcomed residents and visitors to downtown Rockford for the seventh year on Saturday, Nov. 30 to ring in the holiday season. The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) produces the […]


Real Men Wear Pink – going for the Three-peat

Real Men Wear Pink – going for the Three-peat

Police Chief Shane Woody has volunteered to be this year’s representative for the City of Belvidere and Boone County in the fund raising campaign of Real Men Wear Pink for the fight against breast cancer.


Swanson promoted to BFD Lieutenant

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Jason Swanson takes the podium at his promotion to thank the city for the opportunity to with at the Belvidere Fire Dept., everyone at the BFD, and his family and friends.

“Jason has been with the Belvidere Fire Dept. for over 17 years,” Hyser said. “When he is not wearing his fire helmet, he puts on his farmer hat. He enjoys showing his prized cattle at local and state fairs each year.”


Belvidere Fire Department’s Tribute to 9/11

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	The Belvidere Fire Dept. raises a flag that has flown over Ground Zero in a tribute to the fallen of 9-11.

“Meanwhile, both Trade Center towers collapsed into a terrifying and deadly inferno of rubble.


Up in the Air event takes flight

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	Huge kites filled the sky at Prairie Fields Sports Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.

“This year we have added an inflatable zip line, axe throwing, an aerialist, a trackless train, and more community vendors, and food vendors. We have partnered with several organizations


Light Your Fire 5K Run/Walk defies weather

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	The Light Your Fire 5K runners paid no attention to the cool drizzly day and came out to support the Boone County District #2 firefighters.

“Will Run for Donuts” is our theme this year in respect of the District #2 donut stand at the Boone County Fair – the men’s biggest fundraiser.”


Belvidere’s Fill the Boot campaign for MDA 2019 a success

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTOS Belvidere Republican
	Firefighters Swanson and Winnie collected for the Fill the Boot for MDA campaign at the Belvidere Oasis on Labor Day.

This is a firefighter tradition that has been going on over 60 years. We take pride in setting this day aside each year to support the MDA. They have made great strides over the past couple of years and medications are impacting children’s lives.


Reflections of a long-time firefighter

SUBMITTED PHOTO Belvidere Republican
	30-year firefighting veteran Craig Wilcox will be retiring on Sept. 11, ‘in honor of all those who didn’t make it out’ during the tragedy of Sept, 2011.

“I will have been here 30 years on Sept. 5. My last day is 9-11 in honor of all those who didn’t make it out. Retired dispatcher Rosie White is coming back to do my final call.”


Sister Cities Road Rally 2019 was a blast

SUBMITTED PHOTOS Belvidere Republican
	Pig Latin Pros team earns 10 points by posing near Dairi-Ripple and Kishwaukee River.

After about four hours, the teams had solved all ten puzzles.


Ice Cream Social is a delicious success

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTOS Belvidere Republican
	Little Miss Boone County Marrah Jayde Vander Vennet and Boone County Queen Emily Carter are loving the pie, cake, and ice cream at the Boone County Historical Museum’s Ice Cream Social.

“This is the 14th Annual Ice Cream Social,” said BCMS executive director Anna Pivoras. “It is our big fundraiser for the year.”

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