Belvidere Daily Republican

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…


Badges with Books popular with kids and parents

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	Officer Tim Blankenship and Officer Julie Kirk meet costumed kids in the community with candy and books the kids can keep.

Belvidere Police Officers Tim Blankenship and Julie Kirk in front of Fire Station #2 with a table full of books and a bucket of candies. The two officers were out assisting Badges with Books founder Police Officer Michelle Wilgus (who is currently injured) distribute books to the kids in the community.


Belvidere VFW Post 1461 Mural Project: History of the Project

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	Students diligently repaint the VFW mural to its original clear, bright colors.

The students worked together looking at original photos from 2004 and photo references to bring the mural back to life. All three teachers worked together


Four Alarm fire draws massive area response

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	The fire at FPM Heat Treat was clearly seen early on as it broke through the roof of the building.

No one was hurt. It was a high-risk operation but everyone got out. The first firefighters in were doing a search and rescue until we were able to determine that everyone was out of the 110,000 square foot building.


Police collect voluntarily returned drugs over the weekend

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	Pharmacists and students sort and separate the incoming medications for disposal during the Drug Take Back event.

Saturday, Oct. 27, was Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country. The Belvidere Police Department hosted the event at the Township Building, 8200 Fairgrounds Road.


Safety Dog Bus Tour visits Belvidere for the first time

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	Students at Seth Whitman Elementary School sign a school bus safety pledge during the Safety Dog Bus Tour visit.

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “First Student has 47 locations and to be picked to host this tour is an honor. It’s a fun interaction for kids. They get to sign a bus safety pledge, meet the Safety Dog, color pictures, and go on a bus tour with safety tips.”