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Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 3:27 p.m. CST

Well, despite the recent unseasonably warm temperatures, I think it’s fair to say it feels as if winter has arrived. Single-digit temperatures these past few days, mixed with the elusive wind chill factor, slapped me in the face rather quickly — reminding me how brutal a Midwestern winter can be. I guess I don’t mind the cold temperatures too badly, however, I’m not a fan of snow and ice ... or driving in it.

That last statement seems so out of character for me, for I was one of those invincible teenagers who along with my friends used to go out in the deep and drifting snow ... just to see if we could make it. My how times have changed! Would you call that getting older ... or maybe getting more sensible ... or maybe just realizing broken bones don’t heal very quickly now and car insurance claims ultimately cost a lot of money in the long run?

Oh well ... just be safe out there on the roads ... and even in the parking lots and on the sidewalks, since they can be pretty slick. Dress warmly, and make sure you check on older neighbors, friends and family. Your four-legged friends need extra attention during the winter too.

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What’s the BigDeal? Every week, the Bureau County Republican partners with an area business(es) to offer you, our readers, an opportunity to save some cash. You can take advantage of our BigDeals! on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Following are this week’s BigDeals!:

• Do you need to pamper yourself or could someone you know use some tender loving care? For only $40, get an aloe wrap at Sophisticuts Salon and Spa in Princeton. Regularly priced at $80, an aloe wrap helps you lose inches, while helping you tone, tighten and nourish your skin.

• Keep that New Year’s resolution by getting a 20-punch fitness card at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton for only $50. Regularly priced at $100, this fitness card is good for land, water and spin classes only.

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Have any plans on Thursday? Try and carve out some time to attend the Friends of the Princeton Public Library Used Book Sale at the library on East Peru Street. The sale is from 2 to 8 p.m., and you’re bound to find a stack of used books you’d like to read. Paperbacks and hard-back books will both be on sale, and with the winter weather, you’ll find a myriad of titles perfect for curling up with during those cold winter days and nights. Go green and help the library by bringing your own bag to carry your new titles home.

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Thought for the day: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Anne Dudley Bradstreet.

Thought for tomorrow: “We can do no great things — only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa.

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There are lots of fundraisers on the calendar. If you can, make sure you attend these worthwhile events. Your attendance and participation is essential in helping these organizations continue to thrive.

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I attended a freshman basketball game the other day between Princeton High School and LaSalle-Peru High School. It was really fun, and I so enjoyed watching these young athletes play. If you get a chance, check out the local sports calendar and make a date to attend a game or match. Our area young people are so talented, and I’m sure they enjoy seeing a crowd in the stands.

The same thing goes for musical events, plays, Scholastic Bowls, etc. Even if you don’t know any of the participants, these talented young people sure help put life into perspective.

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It’s difficult to believe January 2013 is already half finished. I hope you’re taking some time for yourself and treating yourself kindly. Breathe. Exhale. Relax. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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