American Legion Riders support veterans of Boone County

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	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.


Community gathers for annual Hometown Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

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	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

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	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

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	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

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	“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

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	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.


Firefighter promotion ceremony is a joyous occasion

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	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

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	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

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	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.

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	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.”