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From the editor’s desk

A rainy weekend, but I have to say I was so impressed with area towns and villages who shrugged off the weather to honor our nation’s fallen military heroes at Memorial Day services throughout the county. Here at the Bureau County Republican, we attended several services. While we can never make it to each and every one of them, I am so impressed with the folks who go the extra mile to make these services/ceremonies special. Thank you. I am very proud of those men and women and children who participate in the area Memorial Day events.

I’m also proud of those folks who didn’t care about the inclement weather and who went to pay tribute at these services. While I know many are celebrating a day off of work, a cookout or the opportunity to sleep in, I applaud you for attending. Not only do these services give you a good dose of patriotism, but you also set a good example for the young people in your family.


Congratulations are in order for the high school graduates who received their diplomas last weekend from Ohio, Princeton and Bureau Valley high schools. On behalf of myself and the rest of the staff at the BCR, we are very proud of your accomplishments, and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Even though you have that diploma in your hand, we urge you to keep learning. I have a favorite graduation quote by Carol Burnett that says, “We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” In other words, be prepared to keep on learning.


Last week was Police Department Appreciation Week — a time to honor officers and let them know how much you appreciate the difference they make in your hometown. I’m understanding the Hi-Rise Club in Spring Valley presented the Spring Valley Police Department with a cake last week to say thanks to the officers there. What a great idea, and clearly, a well-deserved gesture.

It’s never too late. Send a note, stop by the police department or when you see one of our area officers out and about, make sure you tell them thank you for doing their part to keep us safe and take crime off the streets in our communities.


While the calendar doesn’t say it, the unofficial start of spring is always Memorial Day weekend. While it’s pretty chilly to head to those outdoor pools yet, please take a moment or two to chat with youngsters in your family about water safety — even your teenagers could get another dose of friendly reminders.

Our area lifeguards to a great job protecting children at the pools, but who knows ... maybe your little chat about safety might save your child’s life. As much fun as water can be, it can also be very dangerous.

And as long as you’re delivering some safety reminders, now might be a great time to talk about safe bike riding, looking both ways before crossing a street, stranger danger, being safe around campfires and grills ... The list is endless, but your reminder could be the spark that helps a child during their summer fun.

As adults, it’s also up to us to watch for excited children when they’re playing, around the water or the campfire/grill, etc.


Summer means the beginning of a host of fun events and activities around the county. Nearly every town and village has a festival or something fun going on. Likewise, there are always a ton of fundraisers and other special events. While we know of many of those activities here at the BCR, it never hurts to give us a call to let us know of your special activity. Call the BCR’s newsroom at 815-875-4461 or email us at And while we would like to be at every event, sometimes we can’t be everywhere at once, however we’ll be happy to print your photos. Send them with information to


Have a great week. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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