Easter celebrations each have unique looks

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	Benny Benderson of Dabadooya pleases children with balloon critters and things at the B1 Assembly of God Easter Egg Hunt.

The B1 Assembly of God on 7th St. offered over 20,000 plastic eggs filled with goodies and prizes, as well candies, spread across the playing fields across the street from the church.


Richter – Wiegartz Wedding Announcement

Richter – Wiegartz Wedding Announcement

The couple will be married at Riviera Maya, Mexico on May 24. A reception will be held at a later date in Rockford to celebrate with family and friends.


New BFD firefighter receives specialized training

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	Adrian Trujillo gears up as Lt. Letourneau is ready to assist by handing him his helmet.

“At the academy I just attended [NIPTSA], we did a lot of the physical work – rescues, working with tools – overall, everything the fire service does. Every week we learned something new.


‘The Backyard Orchard’ discusses fruit trees in Boone County

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	Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Educator, present information on the fruit trees that many people have growing in their backyards at the University of Illinois Extension in Belvidere.

McCarty has the background of growing up in a family in Tennessee that owns an orchard. He has a deep understanding of fruit trees, pruning, diseases, and the pests the trees suffer from. He was able to provide a great deal of information


Families enjoy the 56th annual IOU Club Easter Egg Hunt

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	Nicholas Sage, age 4, collects goodies during the Easter Egg Hunt.

“This is one of our signature events,” Behling said. “We do the annual Easter Egg Hunt, our Halloween Parade, and the First Grade Christmas Party.


Bowling to Keep the B1 Food Pantry going strong

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	Kristen and Pastor David Smith of B1 Assembly of God pose by the photo backdrop at the B1 Food Pantry bowling fundraiser.

“All the proceeds go to benefit the B1 food pantry,” said Kristen Smith, event organizer. “We serve about 1200 people each month. We also hold a Senior Pantry from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Sheffield for the residents.


Self-defense class is held at the library

Self-defense class is held at the library

“You’re biggest weapon is your voice,” the instructor told us. “Yell loudly as you go into your defensive stance, “Stay Back!


Are Boone County residents prepared for tornados in 2019?

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	The Belvidere tornado of 1967 left students and residents battered and bewildered. (Original photo taken by Belvidere Daily Republican reporter)

These are names which will forever be linked to the Belvidere Tornado of 1967 in which they lost their lives. Survivors of that day still bear the mental, emotional, and physical scars of their terrifying experience with an EF4 strength force of nature.


Brad Koloch winner of 2019 RSO’s Outstanding Music Educator Award

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	Brad Koloch, Outstanding Educator with Rockford Symphony Orchestra executive director Julie Thomas.

In 2016 the Rockford Symphony Orchestra created the Outstanding Music Educator Award to recognize an outstanding music educator in our community.


Illinois State Police mourn the loss of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story

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	Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed when a semi-trailer not only did not ‘move over’ it travelled onto the shoulder of the road where she was inspecting another semi.

Illinois State Police (ISP) officials continue to mourn the loss of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, #5966.

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