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Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 2:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 6:58 p.m. CDT

It’s fair week! Even though I’m considerably older than I was when the fair meant riding the tilt-a-whirl until my entire world was spinning and eating enough cotton candy to send me into oblivion, the thought of fair week still gets me excited. OK, I don’t eat cotton candy anymore, and the idea of rides that spin in two different directions kind of makes me sick just thinking about it ... yet there’s something intrinsically special about the Bureau County Fair that makes my heart smile and my memories run rampant.

The 158th Bureau County Fair runs from Aug. 21 through Aug. 25, and like every year, there will be something there for everyone — from the very youngest child to the very oldest child at heart. Check out the schedule of events on the back of today’s newspaper. It’s exciting, and a lot of people spend a lot of time, energy and money to make sure you and your family have a great time at the second longest running county fair in the state.

I hope you’re planning on visiting your local county fair, which ultimately needs your support. And if you will, make sure you take the youngsters in your life, who will, no doubt, develop many memories — just like we have done. Anybody who grew up around here has a pocketful of Bureau County Fair memories. Help the young people in your life create their own recollections of this time-tested tradition. See you at the fair!

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School is back in session in most schools in and around Bureau County. Please take a few extra minutes in your travels to watch for excited children as they make their way back and forth to the bus/school/home. Also, I hope parents have chatted with their children about school bus behavior, as well as behavior in the classrooms. While monitoring behavior is part of a teacher’s day, it shouldn’t be a dominant factor. Teachers are there to teach, and if they are consumed with behavioral issues, teaching has to take a backseat.

Education is important to the Bureau County Republican, so I encourage teachers/principals/secretaries ... to let us know when something special is happening at their building. While we might not be able to attend every event, we will do our best. Email us at news@bcrnews.com. Have a great school year everyone!

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With the start of school, you can expect area sports coverage to increase with the fall sports schedules. Watch BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus’ sports pages for coverage of football, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, boys soccer, volleyball and more.

Kevin said the Princeton Tigers are having a Meet the Tigers night on Friday, and the Bureau Valley Storm is having a Meet the Storm night on Friday too. Hall is also having a Red and White scrimmage on Friday.

Speaking of sports, Kevin is looking for a few good photographers/writers to help him cover fall sports. If you have writing/sports photography experience, give him a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 231, or email him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.

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What’s in Grandma’s Cookie Jar? I hope you’re going to like what you find inside. I’ll be revealing the contents soon! I’ve had a lot of guesses — want to venture a guess too? Send me an email at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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Thought for this week: “If I ran a school, I’d give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I’d give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them.” R. Buckminster Fuller.

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The heat returns this week. Cool off by taking a few minutes to sit under a shade tree with those you love. Talk. Reminisce. Laugh. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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