Belvidere Republican

A box of rocks welcomes museum director

A box of rocks welcomes museum director

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – On the outskirts of Kirkland, a little girl grew up fascinated with old things and dreamed of becoming an archeologist. Fast forward several years and that girl, now a woman, is the executive director of the Boone County Historical Museum. Anna Gill assumed the […]

 
 

Bucs look ready for stretch run

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent ROCKFORD – While a Buc proud parent blurted after Belvidere’s oldest high school in the city completed a strong 3-1 showing in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Shootout (Jan. 17-19) that Auburn is within striking distance, I said, “Hold on, cowboy!  We’re rising to […]

 
 

Do you wanna build a snowman at Sinnissippi Park?

Do you wanna build a snowman at Sinnissippi Park?

By Tricia Goecks Editor ROCKFORD –“Do you want to build a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman,” Anna sings in the Disney movie Frozen. And at Sinnissippi Park, 27 teams assembled Jan. 14 – 17 to make snow sculptures in the 29th annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition. The […]

 
 

Hands and hearts help hooves at Bertell Farms

Hands and hearts help hooves at Bertell Farms

By Rhonda Mix Reporter BELVIDERE – On a brisk and sunny January day, the horses stand in pastures with contentment etched across their faces. A cozy barn awaits in case the equines feel the need to escape the elements. Nearby, three goats frolic in a separate enclosure, one of them […]

 
 

Shirley Ann Cohen, 95

Shirley Ann Cohen(nee Silver) of St. Charles, Illinois, died on Jan.  21, 2015 at the age of 95. She was born May 8, 1919. Shirley was born on May 8, 1919, in Belvidere, Illinois.  She married the love of her life Marvin Cohen, of Elgin, Ill.  on June 15, 1943. […]

 
 

Tough Bucs take two to open tournament

By Bob Kopp Special Correspondent ROCKFORD – Improving its season record to 11-6, the Bucs began play in the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Shootout hosted by Jefferson High School with wins over talented South Elgin 64-59 and deliberate McHenry 51-36. With senior Tyler Lass returning to the line-up for […]

 
 

Bucs scalp Indians in total team triumph

By Bob Kopp Special correspondent ROCKTON – Legendary Clarion University wrestling coach Bob Bubb, who guided many grapplers to international prominence with Kurt Angle’s Olympic gold and multiple NCAA titles being especially notable, once told me, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight that counts.  It’s the size […]

 
 

Capron boy has a future tickling the ivories, funny bone

Capron boy has a future tickling the ivories, funny bone

By Tricia Goecks Editor CAPRON – A steady stream of approximately 300 friends and neighbors stopped at the Lion’s Community Building on Jan. 10 for the club’s 60th anniversary. The chapter, which was started on Mar. 30, 1955 purchased its new home in February 2014 and club members have been […]

 
 

Special medical response team organized in Boone County

Special medical response team organized in Boone County

By Bob Balgemann Reporter POPLAR GROVE – As assistant chief of the Capron Rescue Squad, Tony Stepansky lives in a “what if” world. In the 21st century the unspeakable can, and has, occurred. Among those horrific, life-claiming events were the shooting at Columbine (Colo.) High School, which actually took place […]

 
 

Belvidere North students compete in Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition

Belvidere North students compete in Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition

BELVIDERE – Since 2009, Belvidere North High School students have competed in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Competition.  Rob Arata, Automotive Technology Instructor at the high school, has encouraged his Auto students to join an after school club which essentially works daily to perfect the disassembly and reassembly of an […]