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When I was a little girl, my grandpa and I used to sit on the side porch and watch an impending storm come in ... situated in Grandpa’s lap, I was never afraid of storms, perhaps because of my age and the fact I always felt safe in Grandpa’s arms. The older I get, however, and the more I’ve seen, I realize how devastating a storm/flood/tornado can be.

Last week, the thunder, lightning and driving rain which caused flooding throughout the county and beyond reminded us the time for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes has arrived. While we have the luxury nowadays of knowing in advance that severe weather is coming, those forecasts don’t change the unpredictable nature of weather-related events.

If you aren’t already signed up, I would urge you to visit the Bureau County Republican’s instant messaging system — bcralerts — which is found on our website at www.bcrnews.com. Besides a myriad of other notices, this service allows you to sign up for severe weather alerts, which you’ll receive via text message or email. The alerts come from the National Weather Service and are designed to let you know severe weather is on the way. The service is free and could ultimately make you aware of an impending situation that could be life-threatening. Check it out and sign up today.

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I’m still so very troubled by the events at the Boston Marathon from last week. Words can’t adequately describe the horror of that tragic event. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those folks impacted by such a senseless tragedy.

Throughout last week, I kept learning of current and former Bureau County residents who either live in the Boston area or who were actually attending the event. The BCR’s columnist, Haley Adams, who writes a column “From Harvard to home,” penned a fantastic column about her first-hand experience, and we published that column last Thursday. It was so interesting to read the reaction from a very bright, very articulate young person. My favorite line in her column was when she wrote, “We decide when our marathon ends.”

If you missed Haley’s column last week, you can find it on our website at www.bcrnews.com and look under “Opinion.”

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My heart goes out to the family of Rita Maloney who died April 12. Throughout my career at the BCR, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Rita on a variety of stories. What most impressed me about this compassionate lady was she always understood the underdog. Rita knew awful circumstances often happen to good people. I was always impressed by her candor, her integrity, her ability to see the best in people who others might have already kicked to the curb. On behalf of the BCR and myself, we extend our deepest sympathy.

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Just a reminder: After and during serious rains like we had last week, remember it is unsafe to drive through standing or moving water on the roadways. Never underestimate the power of water. Be safe ... even if you have to take another route, it could save your life.

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Thought for the day: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Mark Twain.

Thought for tomorrow: “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” Kahlil Gibran.

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Just a reminder: Please include telephone numbers with your Letters to the Editor. Letters will not be published until we can call and verify you are the author. If you haven’t seen your letter published, give me a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 229.

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I know spring cleaning — both inside and out — are keeping you busy, but don’t forget to take a little loafing time too. I yearn for those moments. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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