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Aaahhh ... I opened the sliding glass door that leads to my backyard deck, and the smell of spring hit me. A gentle breeze brought the fragrant smell of lilacs into my home — the old lilac bush just a few feet away from the deck was in full bloom, sending me back quite a few years to life on my grandparents’ farm, where the sweet scent of lilacs permeated our world in the spring.

Not to be outdone, the bluebells waved gently in that soft spring breeze, causing the tulips, daffodils and bleeding hearts to silently nod their pastel heads. The birds were busy — the squirrels and rabbits too. The hum of somebody’s mower a few blocks away shouted spring’s message. And for a few minutes, I couldn’t think of a better time to be alive.

I hope you embrace this season. I know we’ve had some crazy weather, but it’s absolutely beautiful out right now. Breathe. Exhale. Enjoy.

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I hope your Mother’s Day was perfect — everything it was supposed to be. Personally, I think we need to celebrate moms every day — dads too ... grandpas, grandmas, aunts, uncles, cousins. We should cherish our families.

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Congratulations are in order for Terry Himes, who retired (again) from the BCR last week. Terry began his career many years ago as a reporter at the Bureau County Republican. He later opted out of the newspaper business and developed an outstanding career with the Princeton Fire Department. After he retired as chief from the department about seven years ago, he became a returning letterman at the BCR and has worked as a copy editor and editorial assistant for the past six and one-half years. While we hate to see him go, Terry’s retirement is well deserved. We wish him the best, and if you see him out and about, give him a congratulatory pat on the back.

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With that being said, I’d like you to help me welcome the BCR’s new copy editor/editorial assistant, Sarah Maxwell of Princeton. Sarah has experience in the newspaper business, and she’s doing a great job copy editing, laying out pages and more. Please help the BCR welcome Sarah to our family and community.

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Can you believe it’s graduation time already? It seems like the school year just got underway, doesn’t it? High school graduations begin this week: DePue High School, 7 p.m. Friday; Hall High School, 7 p.m. Saturday; and St. Bede Academy, 2 p.m. Sunday. On behalf of the Bureau County Republican, we congratulate these graduates, and we wish them the best of luck and success in the future.

When you’re thinking about just the right gift for your favorite high school graduate, don’t forget to shop at home when you can. Every dollar you spend in your hometown or the county comes back to help us all.

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Thought for this year’s graduates: “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.” Robert Orben.

Another graduation thought: “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” Tom Brokaw.

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Spring storms are, no doubt, on their way. Sign up for the BCR’s instant messaging system — bcralerts, which will deliver a text message or an email to you about severe weather. It’s free. Sign up at our website at www.bcrnews.com.

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The BCR welcomes your Letters to the Editor of 500 words or less. Send them to opinion@bcrnews.com. Questions? Give me a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 229.

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Enjoy your spring. There will never be another Spring 2013. 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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