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Published: Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 4:15 p.m. CST

It’s difficult to believe February is coming to a close. But even though March is nearly here, tomorrow (Wednesday) is Leap Day — an extra day added which makes the year 366 days long rather than 365 days.

Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days to circle once around the sun. If we didn’t add a day on Feb. 29 every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.

Along with Leap Year comes some fun traditions and superstitions, including an old Irish legend that allows women to propose marriage to men. In some places, Leap Day was also known as Bachelor’s Day, and a man was expected to pay a penalty if he refused a woman’s marriage proposal. Years ago in Europe, a man was expected to buy a woman 12 pairs of gloves if he refused her proposal, so she could hide the embarrassment of being turned down since there would be no ring on her finger. In Scotland, it was considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day. In Greece, it was considered unlucky for a couple to be married during a Leap Year, especially on Leap Day.

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You are invited! Princeton voters will have the opportunity to decide if they want the city of Princeton to be changed to a home rule municipality at the next election on March 20. The Bureau County Republican is hosting a forum at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Bureau County Metro Center. The topic of the forum is home rule, and the BCR has invited individuals from around the state who have a working knowledge of home rule to be a part of a panel. Questions from the public will be encouraged, and panelists will do their best to offer their insight on the subject. There is no charge to attend this informational forum.

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Letters to the Editor: The BCR encourages your Letters to the Editor, however, there are a few guidelines that need to be followed. Letters should not be more than 500 words. Those writing letters can not submit a letter on the same subject until 30 days have passed from the time the first letter was published. All letters, whether they are emailed, mailed or dropped off at our office, must include a telephone number, so the BCR can verify the authenticity of the letter and the author.

For the upcoming election, no Letters to the Editor that speak of candidates or items on the March 20 ballot will be published after March 17.

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What’s the Big Deal? Check out www.bcrnews.com to cash in on some great savings with this week’s Big Deals!

• Anxious for some of that summer sun? Get four tanning session in Princeton’s SipNTan’s Level 2 stand up bed for only $24 — regularly priced at $48.

• Ready for a sweet treat and more? Stop in for some good old fashioned service coupled with some great food at Torri’s Ice Cream in Ladd. Buy a $10 voucher and get $20 of food.

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Check out the BCR’s contests by logging on to www.bcrnews.com and clicking on the “Contest” tab.

• Checkered Flag Challenge: The season is underway. Don’t miss out on your chance to show your friends you have what it takes in the field of auto racing. Claim your bragging rights this season and claim a prize or two as well as you speed toward the checkered flag in this fun-filled contest.

• March Mayhem: Our National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball contest is set to begin on Thursday. Even though, the brackets won’t be available until March 11, you can sign up now and get in the “Mayhem” mood. And don’t forget to check out the prizes; there will be prizes for each round, plus our grand prize is a $100 gift certificate to Prime Quarter.

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March is coming. Will it come in like a lion or a lamb? Either way, make plans to take some time out of your busy schedules for yourself and those you love. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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