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Wow! It was a busy weekend, and the Bureau County Republican’s photographers found themselves running from event to event. While it seems we can’t ever make it to every event in the county — especially during the summer, we do our best to get to as many as possible.

I hope you were able to attend the Bureau County Fair Queen Pageant, held Sunday at Princeton High School. If you went, you know there was a group of fine young ladies competing for three crowns — Little Miss Bureau County Fair, Junior Miss Bureau County Fair and Miss Bureau County Fair Queen. These queen candidates put in a ton of time and energy to participate in this event, and win or lose — they should all be congratulated for their participation. I think each one of them would also tell you they had a lot of fun throughout the process, including the pageant itself.

Congratulations to Little Miss Bureau County Fair Queen Makenna Maupin of Wyanet, Junior Miss Bureau County Fair Queen Kendra Cain of Princeton, and Miss Bureau County Fair Queen Ashley Simmon of Geneseo. Even though these young ladies are the ones who went home with the crowns and the titles, I’d also like to congratulate every girl who participated in this event. Also the organizers of the pageants and the family members of the girls deserve a big round of applause. Check out our photos in today’s BCR.


The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Bureau County was held Friday evening at Hall High School in Spring Valley, and though I wasn’t personally able to participate this year, I’ve heard wonderful comments about the event. If you’ve never attended a Relay for Life, it’s clearly something you want to put on your calendar for next year.

This moving event is for everyone — cancer survivors, caregivers, anyone touched by cancer, anyone who wants to help, family members, friends ... everyone. All proceeds from this important fundraiser go to help cancer patients, to provide education, to assist with cancer research and more ... I can’t think of a better cause in which to donate. A huge round of applause to those cancer survivors who understand this brutal disease.


How about this great “summer” weather? I’d be completely satisfied is these temperatures hung around the rest of the summer. You?


Remember when? Just wondering ... Do you remember when gas prices used to go up and down by just a penny or two? Now they go up and down by a dime.


It won’t be long before that first school bell rings. I know many of you are already thinking about school supplies, new school clothes and shoes, etc. If possible, I’d like to urge you to buy those items in your hometown or at least somewhere in Bureau County. When you shop locally, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.


I’d like to personally thank everyone who submitted a nomination for our inaugural Illinois Valley Living Women of Distinction Award. Wow! I was overwhelmed with the number of nominations we received. We have sent all the nominations to our out-of-the-area panel of judges, and we’ll be receiving their selections soon. You’ll want to mark Oct. 17 on your calendar for our Women of Distinction Awards luncheon. It will be a fantastic event! Again, thanks for all who submitted a nomination.


Thought for the day: In times like these it is good to remember there have always been times like these.” Paul Harvey.

Thought for tomorrow: “Some days you’re a bug. Some days you’re a windshield.” Price Cobb.


It’s difficult to believe we’ve already turned the page to August. Don’t let this summer get away from you. Spend time with those you love. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at

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