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Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 2:40 p.m. CDT

The back-to-school aura is in the air. The school supply aisles at our local stores are jam-packed with parents/grandparents and their youngsters attempting to read those long lists of school supplies. I wish I had a $1 for everyone who is looking for the beloved Prang paints because I’d be a rich woman; chatter in the aisles tell me Prang paints are a priceless commodity this year!

I’m glad to see so many folks are shopping locally for their school supplies, new school clothes/shoes and brown bag lunch items. As you know, it’s always a win-win situation when you shop at your local merchants.

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With those two aforementioned paragraphs being said, children will soon be back in school. Some of those students will be walking or riding their bikes to school for the first time, so please take a few extra moments to drive safely when school children are present. An excited child might not make a good decision, so it’s up to us to be on the watch for them. Leave a little bit early and take a few extra minutes to drive slower, especially in school zones. And remember ... it’s illegal to use your cell phone in school zones.

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Our out-of-the-area judges are making the final calculations for those we will honor in our inaugural Women of Distinction Award event, set for Oct. 17. We had a considerable amount of nominations; the Illinois Valley should be so proud of all the great work being done by women in this part of the state. I’ll be announcing our Women of Distinction Award honorees soon. Also, you’ll want to save the date of Oct. 17 on your calendar to attend this fun-filled luncheon, where these women will be honored.

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What’s in “Grandma’s Cookie Jar?” Watch my column for additional details. I’ve got an exciting announcement I can’t wait to share with you! It’s kind of a dream come true ...

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All fall high school sports practices begin on Wednesday — boys/girls golf, boys soccer, boys/girls cross country, girls tennis, volleyball and football. This is the first time student athletes can practice for the fall season. Mark your calendars now to attend some of these sporting events in the area. Even if you don’t have a student in your family who is out for a fall sport, I know you’ll enjoy watching your local athletes/teams as much as I do. I always worry there will be a student playing who doesn’t have anyone in the stands to cheer them on — maybe you could be that person!

By the way, the BCR Sports Department is looking for a few good writer/photographers to help cover fall sports. If you can write a great, accurate and unbiased sports story or understand sports photography, give BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 231, or send him an email at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.

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It won’t be long before the Bureau County Fair rolls into town. I hope you’ll be able to attend the fair and carry on the tradition that has been around for 158 years.

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Thought for today: “If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man; don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man.” Fyodor Dostoyevski.

Thought for tomorrow: “Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrow, which the world knows not, and of times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Just wondering ... How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you really are?

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Before school starts for the year, I hope you’ll be able to take some time for each other. Summer 2013 is dwindling away and will be gone forever. Take a few minutes to enjoy it. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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