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2019 Year in Review - Belleville

October through December


February 6, 2020


A lightning strike started a fire in the walls of a house in the 100 block of Albert Circle, in the Village of Belleville. Three people and three cats were able to get out safely, there were no reported injuries to the occupants or fire personnel. The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages. The homeowners will be displaced until repairs can be made. The Belleville Fire Department was assisted on scene by Verona, New Glarus and Fitchburg Fire Departments and scene support was provided by Belleville Police and Belleville EMS.

A storm blew through on October 1st, knocking down and uprooting trees around the area. In Belleville, police and fire received numerous reports of trees and branches down all over town. One uprooted tree caused a gas leak near River Street and 3rd Street. Numerous agencies from around the area responded and people had to be evacuated from their homes.

The PTO Fall Fest was held on Wednesday, October 16th, at Library Park. The annual festival celebrates the fall harvest, changing weather, and a new school year.

The Raiders boys soccer team achieved their dream of winning the 2019 Capitol Conference title, finishing the regular season with a 7-1-1 conference record. The Sugar River Raiders boys’ soccer season ended on the McFarland High School turf. The team faced a challenging opponent, the #1 state-ranked McFarland Spartans. McFarland won the match, 4-0.

UFO Day was held in Belleville on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Despite being a bit chilly, people turned out to the enjoy the annual festival.

The Wildcat volleyball team lost in the second round of Regional competition.


On Wednesday, November 5, 2019, Belleville held their Veterans Day Program. Veterans Wendall Fenstermann - US Navy; Donald McSherry - US Air Force; and Tex Urfer - US Army were presented with Quilts of Valor by the Sugar River Quilts of Valor Group.

Belleville High School welcomed nine Capitol Conference schools to the November 4th Academic Bowl. Belleville led the competition after the written round. In the end, Belleville won the Academic Bowl, outpacing Columbus (2nd place), and New Glarus (3rd place), by 70 and 71 points, respectively.

The Belleville Police Department held an open house for their new police station on Monday, November 18th. They moved into the new station in late September, after operating out of a temporary station on the north end of Belleville for three years.

The Belleville High School hosted its third annual Division C Science Olympiad and its second annul Division B Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday, November 16th.

The Belleville Turkey Drop organizers once again thanked the Belleville community for their amazing generosity during their 8th Annual Turkey Drop that took place on Friday, November 15th. Donations included: $1,384 in cash donations; 74 turkeys; 53 boxes or bags of stuffing; 50 cans of mandarin oranges; 60 boxes of potatoes; 59 boxes of orange Jell-O; 15 cans of green beans; five cans of cream of mushroom soup; 53 jars/cans of gravy; three cans of cranberries; three cans of pumpkin; nine cans of corn; five canned potatoes; one can of peas; two cans of French fried onions; three cans of misc. soups; four cans misc. beans; three cans of mixed vegetables; three cans of beets; and one can of crushed tomatoes.


On Saturday, December 7, 2019, local law enforcement agencies took kids shopping as part of the annual Shop With A Cop. Kids got to meet and get to know officers while picking out presents for themselves and their families.

The sun was setting, the air had a bite, but kids young and old came out in hoards to enjoy Beautify Downtown Belleville’s First Annual Cookie Walk. Eighteen local businesses participated by opening their doors and providing cookies and other sweet treats to visitors. After visiting the businesses, everyone headed back to Library Park to vote for their favorite decorated window and to get some hot chocolate provided by the Friends of the Belleville Public Library.

The Belleville Community Club, along with the Belleville Parent-Teacher Organization, held its annual Santa Visit, Holiday Gift Shop, and Book Fair on Friday, December 13th. Santa arrived on a fire truck and greeted all the children who ran out to meet him. Kids could sit on Santa’s lap, and get treats, thanks to the Belleville Community Club. Kids could purchase gifts thanks to the Belleville PTO and volunteers helped wrap gifts. The Scholastic Book Fair offered a number of great items for kids and even a Classroom Wish List.


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