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Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 4:38 p.m. CDT

Ya gotta love the Midwest. In the course of seven days, we can have snow, sleet, ice, 60-degree days, wind so strong it nearly blows you over ... need I go on? What the heck? I’m not sure if March came in like a lion or a lamb? What do you think?

Regardless of the weather, though, don’t forget Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday. Remember to turn your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night. Yee-ha! More daylight every night! I love it!

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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. Tuesday (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. The informational forum will allow questions from the public, and panelists will do their best to offer their insight on the subject. There is no charge to attend this community dialogue on the issue.

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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! Be advised the number of Big Deals! are limited to reserve your deal today.

• Anxious for some of that summer sun? Get five tans just in time for prom and/or vacation for only $12 at Le Soleil Tanning Salon in Princeton. These five tans regularly sell for $24.

• Get a beautiful banded border area rug (5 feet, 6 inches by 7 feet, 6 inches) for only $99 at Johnsons Carpet Shoppe in Princeton. There are four colors from which to choose on this beautiful rug that usually retails for $199.

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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: Gear up for race No. 3 live from Las Vegas. Build your team today and have a chance to win prizes. Our local Daytona winner, Sue Krolak of Spring Valley, was also the national winner. She will receive a FATHEAD for being the weekly national winner. You can win too. Log on to www.bcrnews.com, then click on the contests tab.

• March Mayhem: Our National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball contest is underway. Selections will be made this Sunday. Make your picks after the brackets are set. You can pick the winners round by round or pick the winners all at once ... or both. 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. Log on to www.bcrnews.com, then click on the contests tab.

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I am so looking forward to a bit more daylight as we turn our clocks ahead on Sunday. My list of spring projects is growing daily, but I’m trying to remember to make time for the important things in life. After all, work without any play makes for a pretty, dull life ... don’t you think?

And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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