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From the editor's desk

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 5:02 p.m. CDT

What a great day Father’s Day turned out to be! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and carved out some time to enjoy the fellows who are special in their lives. I saw a lot of folks at Wyanet Locker on Friday and Saturday, so I’m betting there were a host of cook-outs going on to honor Dad and Grandpa and others.  Don’t forget … you don’t have to wait for Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day) to honor those special folks in your lives.

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Illinois Press Association Convention in Springfield. It’s an annual event, where newspapers’ editorial and advertising departments/staff members are honored couple with a host of seminars, dinners/luncheons and guest speakers. As always, it was a fun-filled and busy two days.

If you haven’t read our story on Page 2, it’s my pleasure to tell you the BCR Editorial Department brought how the Harold and Eva White Memorial sweepstakes trophy, which means your hometown newspaper was judged by our peers as the best newspaper of our size in the state of Illinois. That is huge! Competing against several other newspaper of our circulation size, we topped them all and brought home the hardware again. The BCR has won the trophy 13 times in the past 21 years, and it never gets old.

There is no one person in the BCR newsroom that gets all the credit — rather it truly is a team effort, one that requires much dedication and commitment to producing a great newspaper for you, our readers. If you see your BCR Editorial staff out and about — Donna Barker, Lyle Ganther, Sarah Maxwell, Goldie Currie, Kevin Hieronymus, Rita Roberts, Greg Wallace and Barb Kromphardt — out and about, make sure you give them a well-deserved pat on the back. Clearly, they deserve it!

Also, you’ll want to applaud the BCR’s Advertising Department — Pam Pratt-Marsh, Ashley Oliver, Angie Davis, Erica Oertel, Phyllis Fargher, Todd Olin and Jodie Seibert — who also brought home their own share of awards from the IPA. Their commitment and creativity to helping advertisers develop a sales strategy is impressive, and it’s cool the state noticed those efforts. Congratulations!

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It’s official. Friday is the first day of summer!  Only six months until Christmas!

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Thought for today: “Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer.” Jackie Kennedy.

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I happened to be driving by the Alexander Park Pool yesterday, and I couldn’t help but notice all the fun going on at the pool. It took me back about 40 or so years, when the place to be in the summer was at the swimming pool. It just looked like summer when I drove by, and if I hadn’t had other obligations, I would have just parked my car in the parking lot and watched all the fun. There’s something so innocent and full of life when you see kids swimming, splashing and living life to the fullest. Aaahhh  ...

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I was out working in one of my flower gardens the other afternoon, and the mosquitoes were absolutely awful. No kidding. It was about 1 p.m., and their buzzing was nearly driving me crazy. I'm sure you've read our continuing coverage on mosquitoes and the dreaded West Nile Virus. I think this is going to be one of those years, so be vigilant, my friends.

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Are you enjoying the warm weather? Are you taking some time to visit with family, friends, neighbors? Are you using your front porch, your deck, your patio ... or are they sitting vacant without you. Take time for you. The other stuff will wait. Breathe. Exhale. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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