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Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 6:24 p.m. CDT

Wow! What a beautiful weekend we had! My backyard is a carnival of color, mixed with the sweet scents of springtime flowers and shrubs. Just the smell of lilacs coming through the screen on my sliding glass door in my kitchen sends me back umpteen years to memories of my grandmother and the lilacs that sent their springtime aroma into our dining room. I don’t think there’s a sweeter smell ... Surely, I think that’s what heaven will smell like when we get there.

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What’s the BigDeal? Check out this week’s deals on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Cash in on some savings with the Bureau County Republican’s BigDeals! of the week:

• For only $10, get $20 worth of high quality clothing and accessories at the Budget Boutique in Ottawa.

• For only $37.50, get four facials (valued at $75) at Merle Norman Cosmetics in Peru. The facials must be used in four consecutive weeks.

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• The BCR Open: We have the perfect contest for golf lovers. The BCR Open is set to begin with the 2012 Masters Tournament on April 5. You pick your Top 10 golfers for each tournament for a chance to win a prize for each tournament and the overall grand prize at the end. If you know your golf or just love playing our UPickem contests, you can log on to www.bcrnews.com and click on the contest tab and get registered today for “The BCR Open.”

• Here Comes the Bride: In this contest there are four ways to win great prizes. Log on to www.bcrnews.com and click on the contest tab. Each contest has a separate icon to click on to register and play. Two of our online contests are only for brides to be. The registration contest is just that - register your information, and you are entered to win a prize worth $250. A second way for brides to win is with our engagement picture/essay contest. Enter your engagement photo and a short essay. Then when the voting period starts, get your friends and family to log on and register to vote for your photo and essay. The winner receives a prize package worth $1,000. The third contest is for the mothers and mothers-in-law. Moms can register and enter a photo of their own wedding. Then get your family and friends to log on and register to vote for your wedding photo. Winner of the moms’ contest gets a prize worth $100. There are three ways to win online, and one entry was in the March 31 issue of the BCR in the Wedding Sweepstakes section.

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It’s Holy Week, and churches around the county are preparing for their Easter celebrations on Sunday. Many people in just as many churches spend a great deal of time to make this Sunday special for parishioners. If you get a chance to tell those folks thanks for their time and effort, I’m sure it would be appreciated.

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Speaking of appreciated, the BCR newsroom had some treats delivered the other day. Phil and Donna Cunningham of Sheffield’s First United Church of Christ delivered us some of the homemade cinnamon rolls they serve at the church’s Community Coffee event, held the first Saturday of every month. Wow! While it’s probably not appropriate to say these heavenly cinnamon rolls were sinful (especially since they are served at the church), let’s just say we all threw our diets out the window that day to indulge. Whew! If you’ve never had these delicious (and huge) cinnamon rolls, head on over to the church’s Community Coffee. Not only will you get a taste of these goodies, you’ll meet some wonderful people and have some great conversation. Thank you!

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I hope you have some wonderful Easter plans in the making. Remember there is only one Easter 2012. Make it special. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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