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    First United Methodist Church is the volunteer of the month
    Dec. 18, 2014
    BELVIDERE – A familiar sight throughout the month of December are the bell ringers outside of many stores raising donations for the Salvation Army
    Boone County has nine locations where volunteer bell ringers can be seen raising money for the Salvation Army’s ministry **see the Belvidere Daily Republican for fill story**

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    Amber Rangel is home and ready to roll
    Nov. 19, 2014
    CALEDONIA – It was a day like any other day for Amber Rangel. The best water skier in the United States was on the Rock River with her coach and training for the U.S. Nationals...***see The Belvidere Daily Republican for full Story***

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    Tree ready Annual Lighting Celebration
    Nov. 20, 2014
    The finished product stands ready for the annual tree lighting celebration, to be held Sunday, Nov. 23, after the Parks Christmas Parade disbands.***see the Journal for full story***

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    Hope Church hosts Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child
    Nov.20, 2014
    ROSCOE – Hope Evangelical Free Church, 5656 Elevator Road in Roscoe was host to the annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party, Saturday morning, Nov. 15. This was the 17th year for the drive to help needy children around the world. ... ***see the Herald for full story***

Nov. 20, 2014
Cherry Bowl hosts fund-raiser for local heart-transplant girl
CHERRY VALLEY – The Cherry Bowl at 7171 Cherryvale Blvd., is hosting a Silent Auction and Indoor Garage Sale from Nov. 20-22 to raise funds for medical expenses for 3-year-old Layne Knight of Winnebago who received a heart transplant on Oct. 2 in Chicago.
Layne, is the daughter of Todd Knight and Bethany Knight, a Rockford school district pre-school teacher.
She suffered four cardiac arrests on March 31 in the Emergency Room of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, where Dr. Jean Kriz and her staff saved her life four times. 
That afternoon, Layne was flown to Advocate Hope Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL., where she had survived three previous open-heart surgeries due to her pre-natal condition of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. 
Doctors in Oak Lawn placed her on the EKMO heart-lung machine, and kept her alive for a month as she revived.  But her damaged heart could not recover, and she was transferred to Ann and Robert Lurie Childrens Hospital in downtown Chicago for transplant surgery. Layne and her parents waited for a new heart in the Lurie Hospital hospital room for four months. 
She received the transplant of a good heart on Oct. 2, and is now hoping to go home to Winnebago in the next month or two.
The fund-raiser at the Cherry Bowl asked for donations of items for both the Silent Auction and the Indoor Garage Sale. To date, a Tom Heflin signed and framed print, a Brett Favre autographed, framed jersey and several sports photos and other valuable items have been donated. Summerdale School staff have also donated several items. Additional donations were accepted at the Cherry Bowl from Nov. 16-19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Items will be available for sale and silent auction bids from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 to Saturday, Nov. 22.
The family appreciates the love and generosity of all donors and patrons of the fund-raiser.
Questions are welcome. Please call Grandpa Jack Broughton at 608-558-9948, or email