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Snow, white-out conditions, rain, freezing rain, sleet, temps in the teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, fog ... and that was just in one week. We’re a resilient bunch in the Midwest, don’t you think?

I’m tickled to death about the transition to Daylight Saving Time. That extra hour of daylight always warms my soul, even if the temperature outside isn’t cooperating. I’m ready for spring, and the daffodils poking their heads through the snow in my backyard agree with me! How ‘bout you?

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I’d like to give a huge pat on the back to the Princeton Fire Department and the other area fire departments who provided mutual aid during the fire at Habanero’s on Princeton’s south end business district. As you know, any fire can be devastating, and one along a well-populated area like on Main Street could have overtaken many of the other businesses we’ve also come to appreciate.

Sometimes, I think we take these departments for granted — assuming they’ll be there to do what they do best. While our area firefighters and EMTs are, no doubt, some of the best around, I just think situations like these show us how lucky we are to have these well-trained and highly-qualified individuals working for all of us. If you see these folks out and about, please give them a well-deserved pat on the back.

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I’ve noticed several area schools are gearing up for their spring plays, musical productions and other events. I hope you’ll be able to attend some of these activities. I know the students work very hard to produce great shows, concerts, etc. I don’t know about you, but I always leave a school event feeling good about the young people in Bureau County.

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Checkered Flag Challenge: Ladies and gentlemen ... Start your engines! Week 3 is in the books. Matt Kenseth walked away with a birthday win. Do you like racing? There is still lots of racing to enjoy. Join our Checkered Flag Challenge for a chance to win some great prizes. It’s really easy. Just select your favorite drivers for each race. If you pick the best team of drivers you could win! Our two grand prize packages from Michigan International Speedway include four weekend race tickets and weekend pit passes. Compete against your friends and family to see who has the best racing team.

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Thought for today: “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: “When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Candidates forum: It’s my pleasure to invite each and every one of you to an upcoming Princeton Candidates Forum, set for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The Bureau County Republican and the Princeton Chamber of Commerce will host the event at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. Participating in the forum will be the four candidates running for Princeton City Council in the April 9 election.

Please mark your calendars to come and enjoy a light breakfast and learn about the candidates who will ultimately be representing Princeton residents, as the city moves into the future. Candidates are (in alphabetical order) Paul Breseman, Ray Mabry, Terry Madsen and Bob Warren.

Watch my column and the BCR as well as our website — www.bcrnews.com — to learn of other candidate forums we have planned.

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It won’t be long now ... The Spring 2013 edition of Illinois Valley Living is on its way. You’re going to really enjoy this edition.

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St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday. Don’t forget to wear green! And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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