LeRoy Grange honors members of the community

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	Colleen Leach, Wayne Zelasko, and Deputy Chief Bob Koehn hold their awards proudly.

In past years, only two people have been so honored each year – one a member of the Grange (a Granger) and one a non-member of the Grange. This year, each Grange is honoring five people: a Granger, a non-Granger, a police officer, a firefighter, and a teacher.


Belvidere Youth Baseball honors John Ross and John Fish for all of their efforts

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	In the photo, Chad Schwebke, BYB President, unveils the new signage while (L to R) John Ross, Louise Ross, Sue Fish, and John Fish receive recognition.

The Board of Directors also dedicated the complex to John Fish, and his long-time coaching partner, friend, and mentor, John Ross, who manages building and grounds for the organization, and has been involved for over 40 years.


Kids Fishing Tournament held at Candlewick Lake

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	Dylan Prete was the 1st Place winner in the Age 14-16 group. Dylan also caught a 21-½ inch Pike.

Trophies, full tackle boxes, rods and reels were awarded to the winners from the three categories but no child left empty handed.


YMCA to get new medical equipment

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	Country Financial provides the funding to purchase an AED for the YMCA. (Right to Left) front row: Jerry Kenney, Jen Jackey, Cherie Dollinger, Bruce Nelson; back row: Fire Chief Al Hyser, Captain David Burdick

“We will be able to have a mobile AED for events we do outside the walls of the Y,


180 Cupcakes – a birthday party with the fire department

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	Firefighters of BFD join Al and Darlene Henninger, making sure that 180 cupcakes do not flare out of control with 180 candles.

Al and Darlene were were very surprised when they saw that the Belvidere Fire Department showed up.


BFD Firefighter Stephen Mead looks forward to more training

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	BFD Firefighter Stephen Mead keeps training and studying hard to learn to better help the people of the community.

I am doing this to provide the best possible care to the citizens of Belvidere.


Noble Way honors retired Police Chief

Noble Way and E. Menomonie St are now one and the same.

The City of Belvidere and the Belvidere Police Department dedicated E. Menominee St. as Noble Way.


22nd Annual Farm Breakfast is delicious and entertaining

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	Miss Corinne allows oobleck to ooze through her fingers as Peyton Jura, age 9, and Maxwell Jura, age 7, dig in to the gooey glop at the Discovery Center area.

“The breakfast is an opportunity for families to connect to farms and learn about agriculture, animal care and safety, and ask questions about food production.


Small vs. Tall can equal lots of fun

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	Police, firefighters, Jen Jacky, executive director of Belvidere Family YMCA, and the kids of the kickball teams join together for a group photo during halftime.

When Belvidere Police Chief Woody heard that kickball was one of the activities she was planning, he said, “Let me know when you play kickball. I’ll play. It will be fun to get out there with the kids and have a good time with them.”


Scottish Heavy Athletics at Heritage Days

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	Kim Piebo of Austin, Texas uses a pitchfork to fling a sheaf over the bar to go on to the next round, flinging the sheaf even higher.

“This is the fourth annual Scottish Heavy Games at Heritage Days,” said Jason Clevenger. “We have 20 throwers from around the Midwest

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