Belvidere Republican

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 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Homeless Board Plans Middle School Outreach in the New Year

Homeless Board Plans Middle School Outreach in the New Year

By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – The Boone County Homeless Project Board of Directors has a new chairperson in Jennifer Jacky and a new vice chair in Shannon Hansen. A change in leadership often can lead to fresh ideas and one of the projects Jacky wants to begin is to […]

 
 

Belated Christmas Gift will help area Veterans

Belated Christmas Gift will help area Veterans

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – Bob Ryder, superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County received a late Christmas present that will benefit several area veterans in need. Alyssa Cortes donated to him a portion of the proceeds of the Home for the Holidays dinner dance that was […]

 
 

30 years in the making a local photographer pursues his passion

30 years in the making a local photographer pursues his passion

By Lisa Rodgers Reporter BOONE COUNTY-‘You know you grew up in Belvidere, IL when…’ is a private Facebook group (you may request to be added) where Bill Eklund has been sharing some of his local photography.  Bill’s photos have provided a glimpse of home for some who live far away, […]

 
 

Living in a fishbowl and overcoming stereotypes

Living in a fishbowl and overcoming stereotypes

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE – When Jeremy Meyers told his wife Sarah that they were invited to a Christmas party on Dec. 22 at Steam Plant Restaurant for Susie’s Garden Patch, she initially protested. Sarah couldn’t imagine why they had been invited to the party because they had not […]

 
 

Giving to others warms the heart at Christmas

Giving to others warms the heart at Christmas

By Tricia Goecks Editor BELVIDERE –After Mike Carlson passed away on Feb. 23, 2014 following a sudden illness, his widow Barbara was not certain that she would be able to find the strength to participate in the Joy of Christ Community Toy Distribution at Evangelical Covenant Church. And then while […]

 
 

Boone County’s current infrastructure needs total $31 million

  By Bob Balgemann Reporter BELVIDERE – Boone County officials have worked up a wish list of infrastructure needs should state money become available to deal with five major, local projects totaling $31 million. County Administrator Ken Terrinoni worked up the list after being asked to do so, in the […]

 
 
 
 
 
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