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I hope you and your family had a wonderful Labor Day holiday. The weather was perfect for the 150th celebration at the Red Covered Bridge, which included speakers and a picnic lunch. I also saw quite a few families out and about at the park and elsewhere, and a good share of four-legged family members were seen out enjoying the great weather too.

Four those of us who had to work on Labor Day (go figure!), I hope your day wasn’t too long or too difficult. Hopefully you’ll be able to take some time off during the week because of your Labor Day work schedule.

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Friday Night Light-ning! Well, it started out to be an exciting first game of the high school football season, but Mother Nature had other plans. All three games that included Bureau County teams — Bureau Valley Storm/Hall Red Devils; Princeton Tigers/Morrison Mustangs; and St. Bede Bruins/Amboy-Ohio Clippers were ultimately interrupted because of lighting, and all three games were postponed to Saturday. I know it was disappointing for not only the players/coaches, but also for the fans. After all, Bureau County loves its high school football, but as they say ... better safe than sorry.

Play resumed on Saturday, and BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus has the results in today’s BCR.

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Women of Distinction: It’s official. Ten Illinois Valley women have been notified they are our inaugural winners of our Illinois Valley Living Magazine Women of Distinction Awards. We received many, many nominations, where clearly the women nominated all had great qualities — I’m glad we at the BCR didn’t have to decide who to choose. Instead, we sent all the nominations to McHenry County, where former Women of Distinction winners from that area decided our winners.

We will be announcing our winners soon, and I hope you’ll put Oct. 17 on your calendar to help us celebrate our Women of Distinction (and all women) at a luncheon (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) at Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby. Tickets will be going on sale soon. The event will be two jam-packed hours of great food, a wonderful program and awards. Princeton’s own and WGN co-host of the Kathy and Judy Show Kathy O’Malley is our keynote speaker, so you know it will be a great time. Watch for more information on the luncheon and of course the announcement of our Women of Distinction.

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I don’t know about you, but this just gets under my skin ... I can go into a business, spend anywhere from $1 to $100, and when I leave, I’m the only one who says “Thank you.” What’s wrong with that picture? Isn’t someone supposed to tell me thank you for spending my money in their establishment? Just had to get that one off my chest ...

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Thought for today: “The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing — a blanket — the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.” Douglas Coupland.

Thought for tomorrow: “I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.” Alice Hoffman.

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I hope to see you at Hornbaker Garden’s Artisan Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. I’ll be signing my new book, “Grandma’s Cookie Jar.” I’m pretty excited about it. I hope you’re going to like what you find in “Grandma’s Cookie Jar.”

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The days are getting shorter, and nightfall tends to find us quicker ... Take time for you. Breathe. Exhale. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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