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Published: Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 2:46 p.m. CDT

What a beautiful weekend it was ... just perfect for the annual Homestead Festival! The crowds looked good, and the activities were plenty. I hope you had a great time and enjoyed visiting with family and friends, while participating in many of the events.

I’d personally like to congratulate Princeton Mayor Keith Cain, the Princeton City Council, city of Princeton employees, businesses owners and their staffs, and the Homestead Committee for going the extra mile to make Princeton look like a million bucks. I don’t know about you, but the town was spit-shined, and it looked absolutely wonderful. Wow! Something about seeing those flags flying as you crossed the tracks just made one feel so proud ... Nice job, everyone!

Check out our Homestead update on Page 1, plus see a variety of Homestead photos on Pages 2 and 10.

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So what’s the BigDeal? Each week, the Bureau County Republican offers its readers a chance to save some cash on some great deals. You can find our BigDeals! on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Following is this week’s BigDeal!:

Hungry? Enjoy $20 worth of delicious homemade comfort food at Moreno’s on Main in McNabb for only $10. Now that’s a great deal!

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Pro Pigskin Challenge: Are you ready for some football? Pro football’s regular season is in full swing. If you love picking the winners and want a chance to win some great prizes, enter the BCR’s Pro Pigskin Challenge. Log on to www.bcrnews.com; click on the contest tab; and locate the Pigskin ad. This will take you to the contest where you register and play each week.

Remember to play each week for a chance to win local weekly prizes. The overall season winner will receive a great prize package. The weekly national prize is a Fathead, and the grand prize is a trip for two to Hawaii. The national prize for the survivor game is a $500 Amazon gift certificate. Log on today, football fans, and get in the game!

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Are you a senior citizen who loves to write and who has an opinion on a variety of topics? I’m currently looking for just the right person to write a column that will appeal to folks over the age of 60 and beyond. If you’d like to give it a try, send me an email at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus is also looking for a few good writers/photographers to help the BCR Sports Department cover a variety of games in and around the county. If you love sports and you work well with coaches and youthful players — plus you have the ability to write fun, accurate stories and take great photos, send Hieronymus an email at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.

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I know it seems like I’m always issuing reminders about Letters to the Editor, however, there are quite a few rules about submitting them for publication. A Letter to the Editor should not exceed more than 500 words. Also, letters must be signed, and a telephone number needs to be included for verification. Authors of letters can only submit one letter on the same topic every 30 days. Lastly, the letter must not include items that could cause the BCR to be taken to court. Any questionable letters will be sent to our attorney before I consider publication.

We do value your opinions, and we appreciate you wanting to share those thoughts with other readers, however, our aforementioned policies are firm. Feel free to give me a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 229, if you have any questions.

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My lawn is so green right now, it looks more like spring than fall! Enjoy this weather. Take time for yourself and those you love. Breath. Exhale. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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