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It’s difficult believe it’s 4-H Fair time already! Wow! When I was a kid, the onset of the 4-H Fair meant it wouldn’t be long until the Bureau County Fair rolled into town ... followed by that first school bell ringing, calling us back to school.

I hope you’ll take some time this week to check out the 4-H Fair, held at the Bureau County Fairgrounds and beginning on Thursday. You’ll see a host of great projects and animals, all created and developed by area youth. It’s impressive, and I never walk through the 4-H Fair without being positively influenced with what I see. On top of that, I think it’s great for our area youth to see the public admiring their work and applauding their efforts.

While you’re there, you’ll also see a host of adults — parents, volunteers and other supporters of 4-H. Make sure you give them a well-deserved pat on the back, since they are the driving force that helps youthful dreams to soar. You’ll also see a lot of awards — ribbons, trophies, plaques, etc., but I contend each and every 4-H member is already a winner for their participation in this fabulous organization. I’ll see you there.

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Last week, the Bureau County Republican, Tonica News and Putnam County Record said farewell and good luck to one of our colleagues — Barb Kromphardt. For the past nearly 11 years, she was a staff writer for the BCR and most recently the managing editor at the Putnam County Record and Tonica News. Barb will be pursuing other adventures and endeavors in her new home in Indiana.

Many of you have known Barb for several years, and just as many of you have worked with her on various stories. Her absence will definitely leave a hole in our newsroom that will be difficult to fill. She will be missed. On behalf of the entire staff at the BCR, we wish Barb the very best.

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Wow! Last weekend was tremendously busy. There were activities all around the county, and clearly, there was no shortage of food, fun and good times. Beef & Ag Days in Princeton, Music on Main in Sheffield, the Buda Picnic, Z-Tour in Princeton, Ole Fashun Threshun Days in Ohio ... You gotta love Bureau County and the folks who help organize these events for your enjoyment. If you see any of the people who help orchestrate these events, make sure you tell them what a great job they did. It takes countless hours of energy, time and a good share of talent and money to pull these events off — they should be congratulated.

By the way, there were so many activities going on, we didn’t have room for all the photos we took on the weekend, so look for them in upcoming editions of the BCR and Bureau County Journal.

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The 5 p.m. Aug. 1 deadline to submit your nomination for Illinois Valley Living’s Women of Distinction Award is drawing near. This award is geared toward those women in our lives who go the extra mile to make life better for those around them. We all know a woman of distinction ... I hope you’ll take this opportunity to nominate them for this well-deserved award. Nomination forms can be found in all editions of the BCR and the Bureau County Journal, online on our website at www.bcrnews.com, or you can stop by our office in Princeton and pick up a form. Questions? Give me call at 815-875-4461, ext. 229.

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Thought for the day: “Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?” Marian Wright Edelman.

Thought for tomorrow: “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react that matters.” Epictetus.

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It seems like I always have a mountain of things on my “to do” list. It never ends. But life does end, and I need to remember there are some things that shouldn’t wait — like spending time with family and friends ... and taking time for yourself. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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