From the bee to the bottle: Beekeeping in Boone County

	Vince Melillo of Belvidere began beekeeping this year and has already seen great success.

Melillo has been documenting his fledgling business on YouTube. He split his hives in July and now has four producing hives still within his first year of beekeeping.


Boone County Community Foundation awards 2018 grants

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	Grant recipients gathered at the end of the ceremony for a group photo with the presentation check.

The Boone County Community Foundation held their annual Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Grant Breakfast on Nov. 13.


Boone County Treasurer ascends to position of president in Peoria

Boone County Treasurer ascends to position of president in Peoria

Boone County Treasurer Curtis Newport was elected President of the Illinois County Treasurers’ Association


2018 Chamber Chili Competition results

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	Generations Chiropractic Wellness won the Chamber Chili Competition with a chili made of venison, elk, and bear.

This year the long-running annual event had 30 Chamber of Commerce members competing, 17 sets of judges (judges work in pairs), and a possible score of 850 points.


Reflections of a retiring BFD Captain

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	Captain Greg Holmes retires after over 27 years with the Belvidere Fire Dept.

“I have completed 27 years for the BFD and I have started my 28th year. It’s been a good – a real good – career. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of great guys. Overall, a wonderful bunch of guys. The city has done an excellent job of hiring good people.”


Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club to donate to OSF HealthCare

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	Members of the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club presented a $1,600 check to the OSF HealthCare on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St.

“We are grateful for the club’s continuous support,” said Ryan Duvall, strategic philanthropy officer for the OSF Saint Anthony Foundation. “We see many incredible patient outcomes from the burn unit, and to receive community support like this is very gratifying.”


Main Street Players start the holiday season with two Christmas classics

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	The cast of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ gather around the Christmas tree to sing.

In a two-shows-for-the-price-of-one decision, the Main Street Players chose a double-header of family favorite shows to perform for the holiday season. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ and ‘Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus’ are always fun to watch.


Red Kettle Kickoff event kicks off Christmas season in Belvidere

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	The Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff drew Belvidere dignitaries to support efforts to raise money for the hungry and disadvantaged in the area.

The Salvation Army Red Kettles have been a holiday tradition since 1891. But did you know, the money raised during our kettle campaign is used to bring joy and relief to those in need throughout the entire year?


Early Veterans’ Day celebration organized at BHS

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	Congressman Adam Kinzinger was the featured speaker for Belvidere High School’s Veteran’s Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 9.

He spoke of our founding fathers and how they willingly put their lives on the line when they declared independence. They fully expected to die, Kinzinger told us, since no one, but no one, ever attempted to separate from Great Britain and succeeded.


CT’s Hobbies grand reopening celebration

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	Cory Thornton of CT’s Hobbies provides a safe place for the gamers of Belvidere to enjoy and improve their math and strategy skills.

I love this store so much better than the old store. This store is so much bigger, the ceilings are higher, it’s brighter…