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Well, for those of you who have been yearning for snow all season, you got your wish last Friday. As I write this on Monday, it’s predicted we’ll see more of it today, Tuesday. While I’m not a fan of the white stuff, it was very pretty, and the best part was the road crews had it cleared from the highways on my way to work that morning.

I constantly applaud those folks who keep our roads safe during inclement weather. They are truly a bunch of lifesavers ... literally, so when you see them out and about, make sure you give them a well-deserved pat on the back.

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So what’s the BigDeal? Every week, the Bureau County Republican teams up with area merchants to offer you a cash-saving opportunity. You can find our BigDeals! on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Following are our BigDeals! for this week:

• Ready to get in shape? Get a 20-punch fitness card for only $50 at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. This card is good for land, water and spin classes only. This is a great deal, since it’s regularly-priced at $100.

• Treat yourself to three infrared sessions for only $21 at Sophisticuts Salon and Day Spa in Princeton. Regularly priced at $42, an infrared sauna safely penetrates deep into joints and muscles and helps you excrete toxins, boosts your immune system, aids in weight control and improves cardiovascular health.

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So what did you think of this year’s Academy Awards. My pick for best picture was “Argo,” so I was glad it won. Did your favorites win? It’s always fun to see some of the attire the actresses wear to this annual event. What the heck!

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Just a reminder: Daylight Saving Time begins March 10. That’s when we “spring forward” and get ourselves an extra hour of daylight. Yee-ha!

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Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church’s Lenten Meditation and Luncheon, held every Wednesday until Easter. Performing last week was Blaze, comprised of Mary McCauley, Jay, Clare, Tori and Evan Suarez, and Justus Bystry, all of Princeton. Oh my gosh! If you ever get the opportunity to hear these folks play, please do. Wow! Talk about talent! I understand they regularly lead the music at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton. I can’t say enough great things about Blaze and the music they played/sang. What I can say is St. Louis must feel extremely proud to have such talented musicians at Mass. I’m not sure of Blaze’s schedule, but I’m sure the church would be able to tell you when they’ll be playing again. Incredible!

The Hampshire Colony Congregational Church’s Lenten Meditation and Luncheons begin every Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. A variety of local musicians perform, followed by a simple luncheon. The church accepts a freewill offering. It’s a great event. I hope you’ll attend. Check out the Bureau County Journal to see a photo of Blaze and a list of musicians you can expect to see.

Throughout the county, there are a plethora of other Lenten services, fish frys and other fundraisers. Please help out, and attend one or several of these events.

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Thought for today: “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” Henry David Thoreau.

Thought for tomorrow: “Never confuse movement with action.” Ernest Hemingway.

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March arrives at the end of this week, and we’ve already torn two pages off this year’s calendar. While it’s easy to say time is getting away from us, I’m challenging myself to make better use of my time, which means I need to spend more time with the people I love. After all, like I’ve said before, life is not a dress rehearsal. Have a great week, 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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