Snow showers may have put a bit of a damper on a couple of events at Forreston’s Christmas in the Country Dec. 1, but two main characters certainly didn’t mind the weather. Santa and Mrs. Claus cruised to Memorial Park on a Forreston firetruck and were met by two dozen kids anxious to share what they wanted for Christmas.

Unlike its previous 12 blowout wins, Byron was entering the land of unknown with a trip to Lombard on Nov. 18 to face a Catholic League power with a playoff history even more impressive than the Tigers. In a game that wasn’t decided until a fourth-down pass by Montini fell incomplete, Byron escaped with a 26-20 win.

Centennial Elementary School students made sure all the veterans in the audience knew loud and clear how much they were appreciated when at their Veteran’s Day program Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. Students from preschool to fifth grade burst into song during the event as veterans from all branches of service, and members of the public, filled the school’s gymnasium for the afternoon event. Under the direction of Jordann Fishman, preschoolers started the singing portion of the program with a spirited “Yankee Doodle” followed by Kindergarteners singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag”. That set the stage for the event’s guest speaker — Polo native and Navy veteran Mardii Rahn.

Jack-o-Lanterns made a grand exit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 at the Byron Fire Protection District's Annual Pumpkin Smash Event, held at the fire station. Kids and their parents brought pumpkins to the station to be dropped from the fire tower onto a bullseye painted on a portion of the parking lot. Inside the station, visitors were served cider and donuts.