Belvidere Daily Republican

Tracing your family tree at the Ida Public Library

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	Mindy Long, history specialist at the Ida Public Library and Marsha Hosfeld, genealogy expert with Denise Rottmann, seeker of her family tree information at an informal, drop-in genealogy evening.

The genealogical society has forms to help you fill in what information you already know about your family history. The more you can fill in, the more accurate the search will be.

 
 

Belvidere Fury: Building a team

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	The Fury Ice Hockey Team with their head coach David Wandell.

“It’s special to play with kids we go to school with,” Jacob said. “Thanks to the Belvidere Park District for building an ice rink. We had to make do with playing in Rockford until our hometown got one.”

 
 

Hispanic firefighter makes history in Belvidere community

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	Chief Al Hyser and Mayor Mike Chamberlain join firefighter Adrian Trujillo, as Trujillo takes his Oath of Office to protect the community on Friday, Jan. 11.

“When he left the internship to return to WIU, to a man, everyone was asking, ‘Can we hire that kid?’

 
 

Mary Crandall: Librarian, Book Lover

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	Mary’s Crandall was involved with the Belvidere Ladies Library Society long before a public library was established in Belvidere.

The women of Belvidere, however, are accustomed to firsts. From our very first female settler, Hannah Towner, to our first woman sheriff, Sarah Ames, the women in our community have worked tirelessly to create an educated, safe, and happy environment for our citizens.

 
 

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

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	Becky Winstead of Remedies: renewing lives said that most, but not all, stalkers are people that the victim has been closely involved with.

A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men.

 
 

Belvidere Bucs Winter Cheer Classic

The Belvidere Bucs Competitive Cheer Team flew high to earn their standing in the competition.

The Belvidere Bucs held its 11th annual Belvidere Bucs Winter Cheer Classic competition on Saturday, Jan. 5

 
 

Helen Ernesti Obituary

Helen Ernesti, 91, of Belvidere died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Rockford. Born March 20, 1927 in Chicago, the daughter of Dino and Josephine Danesi. Married Rolland Bieze in 1945 in Chicago, he preceded her on Dec. 5, 1958. She then married Lawrence Ernesti from 1966-1977.At a young age, Helen […]

 
 

Real men wear pink results

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	The generous people of Boone County and Belvidere took Chief Al Hyser straight to the top of the Real Men Wear Pink Winnebago/Boone County fundraising competition in 2018.

This year, Belvidere Fire Chief Al Hyser was asked to participate as the sole representative from Boone County. He was pitted against a full dozen candidates from Winnebago County.

 
 

LEGO Festival draws big interest during winter break

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	Adults joined their children on the floor or at a table for the LEGO Festival at the Cherry Valley Public Library.

“We have thousands of LEGOS and Duplos here,” said Jane Lenser, director of the Cherry Valley Public Library.

 
 

Feed the Need food collection is stacked abundantly high

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	Volunteers in Police Service gathered to pile the pallets of food high for delivery to local churches and food pantries.

Our Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) spent hours sorting the food for delivery.