My yard looks like it’s recess time for squirrels, rabbits and every other little creature under God’s very green earth. Wow! Squirrels chasing each other — sometimes five or six at a time; rabbits sampling everything they can get their little teeth on; birds feeding lots of little open mouths and taunting the squirrels; and an occasional opossum or raccoon wandering through the backyard at night or scaring the be-jeebers out of me if I happen to be on the deck and they decide to meander across it after the sun goes down. Did I mention how the John Deere is getting quite a work-out this year ... when it’s dry enough to use it?
I know many have had water problems with all the rain we’ve experienced this spring, and aside from what has been ruined in the flooding, I know a lot of dollars have been spent to rectify the situations. On the flip side of that coin, though, I think we have to look at the devastation in Oklahoma and Missouri with the recent tornadoes that blew through those areas. In the scope of things, water in the basement doesn’t seem so bad, does it? I’m not saying that our water issues aren’t difficult, but those seem to pale compared to the loss of lives, injuries and complete sections of towns that have been destroyed. Please keep those folks in your thoughts and prayers.
On a much sunnier note, congratulations are in order for our St. Bede Academy Lady Bruins softball team who placed fourth in the IHSA Class 2A state softball tournament during the weekend. A great group of young ladies worked so very hard this past season, and on behalf of the BCR, I’d like to congratulate their efforts. And any time you have a great team, you also have an equally wonderful group of parents, coaches and other adults who help with that success. Our hats are off to each and every one of you!
Also, we are very proud of the Putnam County Panthers baseball team, who placed second in the IHSA Class 1A state baseball tournament. It was a great effort by the Panthers, and we extend our congratulations to the entire team and those who support them. Way to go, guys!
While these two teams brought home the hardware, it shouldn’t take away from all the area teams in every sport who work hard throughout their respective seasons as well as those who excel academically in a variety of venues. May the memories you made in all of your endeavors remain close to your heart.
Congratulations are also in order for the LaMoille High School graduates who received their diplomas Friday night. An end of an era for these fine young men and women and the beginning of another chapter in their lives. On behalf of the BCR, we are proud of your accomplishments, and we look forward to letting readers know about your upcoming achievements!
Lots of activities coming up in June. You’ll find many of them listed in the BCR — your hometown newspaper. Make sure you mark your calendars and plan to attend these local events. Many area folks invest an enormous amount of time, money and energy to pull off these activities. Please support these fun-filled events.
Now that the school year has come to a close, I hope you’ll urge your students to take a moment or two and jot a note to his/her teacher(s) to thank them for their dedication and hard work during the school year. We all have that favorite teacher who made a difference in our lives. I think it’s important we acknowledge their efforts.
What does the summer hold for you? A vacation, work around the house, time with family and friends? Regardless of what is on your agenda, I hope you’ll take some time for yourself to unwind, enjoy life and smell the proverbial roses. That bouquet doesn’t last forever ... And remember: You are important to me and the BCR.