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.


Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Opens it’s 78th Young Artist Show

Rockford Art Museum features 137 works of art by students at 15 area schools in 78th Young Artist Show: High School Division, opens March 3 Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens its 78th Young Artist Show: High School Division with a free public opening and awards ceremony 1 to 3 p.m., […]


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.


Ice Fishing Clinic draws the adventurous into Spencer Park

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	Gianna Roby, age 10, and Helena Roby, age 7 ½, are enjoying their ice fishing experience while Tod Todd (in blue) uses the Vex Box to spot fish.

We offer this event totally free and provide hot dogs, chili, and hot cocoa. The participants don’t need to provide anything other than warm clothes.


Nations Veterans at heart of American Legion 332 Ladies Auxiliary Little Black Dress party

Nations Veterans at heart of American Legion 332 Ladies Auxiliary Little Black Dress party

MARIANNE MUELLER PHOTO The Herald Little Black Dress Chair Margaret Forsell teamed up with Deb Hart, Deb Pontenberg, Jeannie Hansen, Vicki Lynn, Kathy Sarver and Sheila Griffin. Togehter the ladies put together the second annual Little Black Dress party in support of our nations veterans. Both Little Black Dress party […]


Freezing rain does not stop cold-water rescue training

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	The BFD rescue team keeps a close eye on the guys on the ice as they haul them back to safety.

“People occasionally fall through the ice and panic or become disoriented so we also train to rescue someone who is struggling and/or fighting us.


Guys and Dolls enthralls audiences in Boone County

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	Where’s the crap game going to be? The guys can’t wait to play.

The Main Street Players of Boone County are currently performing the classic show of Guys and Dolls, a musical that mixes idealized gangsters and showgirls with inner-city missionaries and ‘the oldest-established, permanent floating crap game in New York’ vs. police Lieutenant Brannigan who seeks to shut it down.


Sit down, sit down, sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat

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	Gangsters of ‘Guys & Dolls’: (going clockwise from top) Todd Hilliard as Nathan Detroit, Keith Burritt as Big Jule, Jordan Christopherson as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, David Wilewski as Benny Southwest, and Seth Lambright as Angie the Ox.

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, ‘Guys & Dolls’ ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks, and Oliviers.


Belvidere squad cars are updated with a fresh, new look

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	Former BPD Chief Jan Noble stands by the squad car we have all become familiar with. Current BPD Chief Shane Woody stands by the newly redesigned squad car.

“It is a stark contrast between the old and new looks.

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