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Published: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 3:13 p.m. CDT

Well, we planned to get the heaters in the birdbaths, but this past weekend, I woke up to find a skating rink in the birdbath on the deck. Go figure.

While I’m not a fan of that blustery winter weather, there is something so invigorating about these crisp autumn days. I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am.

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So what’s the Big Deal? Every week, the Bureau County Republican teams up with an area merchant to offer you a deal where you can save some cash. You can cash in on our BigDeal! on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Following is this week’s BigDeal!:

• Like to go out for breakfast? This is a deal you’ll want to grab quickly. Take the family and enjoy $20 worth of breakfast items at Kramer’s Kitchen in Princeton for only $10.

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BCR Halloween Contest: Be sure to log on to www.bcrnews.com and vote for your favorite costume-clad kid in our Halloween Contest. The last day to vote is Thursday.

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Pet Photo Contest: Do your pet like getting his/her photo taken? Then we have a contest for you. Snap a photo of your favorite pet and enter him/her in our 2012 Pet of the Year Photo Contest. Just find the contest tab on our website and then click on the pet artwork, where you’ll submit your photo and other information. The winner of this contest gets a pet gift basket and the pet’s photo featured on the cover of our 2012 calendar. This is a fun one. Enter today!

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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the candidates who participated in the BCR’s Candidates’ Forum, held last Thursday at the Bureau County Metro Center. I’d also like to thank the voters who attended the event. It was an awful, windy and rainy night, but I was impressed with your desire to learn about the candidates who will ultimately represent Bureau County.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Clearly it’s an important election locally and nationally. Now is the time to do your own research to find out what the candidates represent. It’s very difficult to determine what’s real and what’s not from all the TV ads, so I urge you to do your own research.

Please mark your calendars now to go to the polls on Nov. 6. Take your kids, your grandkids, your neighbor kids ... I still remember going to the polls with my grandpa. It made a special impact on me, and I’m sure it will do the same for the children in your life as well.

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Wednesday is Halloween, and most area towns and villages are hosting a trick-or-treat time, with some towns organizing parties for area children. It’s an exciting night for kids ... you remember, don’t you? A kid with a bag of candy can easily forget safety rules when it comes to crossing the street. Please be cautious and watch out for our little ghosts and goblins.

Not sure when trick-or-treat hours are in your town. Check them out in today’s BCR.

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Customer Service Kudos: Do you know a business or individual who delivers great customer service? If so, send me an email to let me know about it, and I”ll print it in this column to let other know too. Following are the Kudos I’ve received recently:

• Lori said her Kudos go the Princeton High School Star Spangled Singers. “After going to many different schools to watch volleyball games and hearing many different renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner,” I truly appreciate their outstanding performance each and every time.”

• Doris said, “My Kudos go to the folks at Princeton Prompt Care. They are helpful and thorough, but I didn’t have to spend the entire day in the doctor’s office. I will be back. This is a fantastic addition to Princeton.”

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Have a great week, and remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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