Events

Open House planned at Belvidere Fire Dept.

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	The Belvidere Fire Dept. has new games and activities as well as old favorites for everyone to enjoy at their open house. Sparky the fire dog will also be back for the event.

“We are expecting a nice turnout,” said Chief Hyser, “especially if the weather cooperates. If we are lucky, a helicopter will land close by later in the afternoon.”

 
 

Citizen’s Police Academy, Session 6 – Use of Force

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	Members of the Citizens Police Academy check out SWAT equipment as Sgt. Washburn answers their questions.

“I believe that most cops are good people and want to do the right thing,” he said. “When it comes to force, there is just no way to make it look good.”

 
 

Virtual Dementia Tour drew caregivers to Keen Age Center

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	The Virtual Dementia Tour uses sensory stimulation to provide family and professional caregivers a way to experience the challenges faced by those living with dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Tour uses educational resources and sensory stimulation to provide family and professional caregivers a way to experience the challenges faced by those living with dementia.

 
 

State Regent visits Asa Cottrell Chapter DAR

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	Regent Kathy Hughes, Registrar Darlene Schoepski, State Regent Gloria Flathom, new members Kathy Kult and Natalie Hammer, and Chaplain Marsha Hosfeld are welcomed.

“Our chapter, which will soon be celebrating its 100th anniversary, carries out the important mission of the National Society here on the local level,”

 
 

Belvidere Citizen’s Police Academy: Part 5

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	Officer Parker discusses his K-9 partner, Officer Monti, and his skills and abilities during the Citizen’s Police Academy.

“Monti is my third police dog. He is very young and weighs about 90 pounds,” Parker said. “He is almost too big to be a police dog but when I saw how athletic he was, I agreed.

 
 

Volunteer firefighters receive badges at delayed ceremony

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	The volunteer firefighters of Boone County Fire District #2 collectively take their Oath of Office.

The ceremony was delayed because the department was called out to a fire shortly before the ceremony was to begin. The guests arrived to find a single person manning the station.

 
 

Pioneer Days enjoys exceptionally cool weather this year

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	An Evening with the Lincolns featured Laura F. Keyes as Mary Todd Lincoln and Kevin J. Wood as Abraham Lincoln.

“Remember last year?” was a common remark for those attending Pioneer Days this year. “It was so hot. The weather is so nice this year.”

 
 

Collapsing roof prevents firefighters from entering barn fire

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	Boone County Fire District #2 responding to barn fire on Pearl Street Road.

“The roof collapsed shortly after we got there,” said Chief Kent Hulett.

 
 

Distractions and conflicts do not stop Pettit Chapel mural dedication

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	Jay Robert Allen brings together the hometown and the artist’s perspectives and expresses his pride in Belvidere at the Pettit Chapel mural dedication ceremony.

Originally, the Pettit Chapel Mural dedication was to be a posh event on Friday, Sept. 7, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and shuttles to the Pettit Chapel for tours. It was to be held at the Boone County Museum of History and tickets cost $30 each.

 
 

BFD raises Ground Zero flag to commemorate 9-11

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	BFD firefighters salute as the Ground Zero flag is raised.

“This flag flew at Ground Zero during the recovery effort,” Chief Al Hyser said. “We keep the flag here at Station 1 in a special case. We bring it out every 9-11 to commemorate that day.