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From the editor’s desk

Fall is definitely in the air. Not only is the morning and evening air fairly crisp (perfect by my standards), the trees are starting to do their thing. Tinges of orange, yellow and red can be seen throughout the county. I’d say in another week, it’s going to be prime time to get out your camera and capture the season. After all, there is only one Fall 2012. Grab the kids, the grandkids, the friends, the neighbors and make some memories.

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What’s the BigDeal? Every week the Bureau County Republican offers its readers an opportunity to save some cash with its BigDeals! program. Check out the savings on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Following is this week’s BigDeal!:

• This is really a fun BigDeal. For only $49, PRP Wine International will come to your home, where you and up to 11 other friends will enjoy six bottles of wine, presented to your and your guests. Not only will you get to sample the wines, there will be plenty of in-home wine education. This deal is valued at $250. Bottoms up!

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Ghosts, goblins and more ... The BCR’s Halloween Costume Contest is going to be so much fun. To participate, log on, register and upload your favorite photo of your child or grandchild in their Halloween costume on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Please limit your entries to children ages 0 through 12. Entries are accepted until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 14.

And now ... the fun begins!

From Oct. 15 through Nov. 1, get your friends and family to vote online for your child’s photo. Be creative in how you get your votes; you can even link the contest to your Facebook page.

At the end of the contest, the top three vote-getters will receive a prize ... and these are some great prizes. First prize is a pizza party at the Princeton Pizza Hut for up to 15 friends, valued at $200. Second prize is a gift certificate iFocus Studios (April Casey Photography), valued at $200, and third prize is a pottery class using the pottery wheel for four at Annie’s Little Pots in Princeton, also valued at $200.

This promises to be a great time, and I can’t wait to see all our little local Halloween princesses, super heroes, ghosts and more ...

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Have you seen our newest copy of Illinois Valley Living magazine? If not, make sure you grab a copy. Our magazines are in more than 300 locations (check out where you can find a copy at www.illinoisvalleyliving.com) or stop by our office to get your copy.

I think you are really going to enjoy the stories, photos and artwork, which focuses on the people, places and things in the Illinois Valley. Let me know what you think.

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Occasionally, I have people who wonder why the BCR might not print a particular arrest or police beat. Let me assure you we print everything we receive from our local police/sheriff/state police departments. We do not hold or refuse to publish anything. To do so would compromise our integrity, which I am not willing to do.

There are a host of reasons why police departments might not release a police report as quickly as you’d like to see them. There are many, many considerations which come into play — too many to list here, however, I believe our local departments do a good job in releasing this public information.

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Mark your calendars: The BCR will host a candidates’ forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton, featuring the candidates for the Bureau County state’s attorney, circuit clerk and coroner races. A good voter is an informed voter. I hope to see you there.

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As the leaves begin to fall, take some time to embrace this beautiful season. Breathe. 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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