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Published: Monday, June 3, 2013 3:34 p.m. CST

I absolutely love this weather. There’s just something about the crispness in the air that invigorates my soul. William Cullen Bryant once referred to this season as, “Autumn ... the year’s last, loveliest smile.” What a perfect description!

While the leaves haven’t put on their show yet, tinges of color are beginning to appear. I hope you’ll be able to plan some time to take a fall drive to appreciate Mother Nature’s canvas of colors. I guarantee it will make your heart feel good.

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Thursday is our Illinois Valley Living Women of Distinction Award luncheon. It promises to be a fantastic time, and I did overhear we have a few tickets left if you’d still like to pick one up for this fun-filled event. The luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby, and I can promise you a memorable time. Not only will we be presenting awards to our inaugural 10 winners of the Women of Distinction Award, event-goers will enjoy keynote speaker Kathy O’Malley, Princeton resident and co-host of the ever-popular “Kathy and Judy Show.” There will also be a delicious luncheon, a goodie bag, door prizes and more. You won’t want to miss it. I guarantee you’ll leave the event with a smile on your face. Tickets are not available at the door. Call our office for details at 815-875-4461.

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On behalf of the Bureau County Republican, I’d like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Bill Lamb and Diane Nyman. Both of these wonderful people held a place in the hearts of the staff at the BCR. Diane Nyman, a Princeton educator, worked with us on a variety of stories throughout the years. Bill Lamb was the author of the popular “Out of the Past” column, where he shared his photos and words to help readers remember the past. Both Bill and Diane will be missed by many, and our thoughts and prayers go out their family and friends.

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It was so much fun to see so many of you participating in Friday evening’s Girls’ Nite Out, sponsored by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce. It was a great event, and I so enjoyed chatting with so many of you.

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This Thursday evening I’ll be helping with the upcoming telethon for the Sheffield Playground Project. See our story in today’s BCR. It’s a wonderful effort to provide Sheffield children with some new playground equipment, replacing the current equipment which is outdated and very old. If you’d like to lend a hand to help bring some smiles to a bunch of children, give me a call.

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Fall is a time for many, many fundraisers. Check out our calendars in the BCR and Bureau County Journal. It seems like hardly a day goes by without a church supper, a harvest event or some other fun-filled activity. These fundraisers are so important to area organizations. I hope you take a few minutes out of your schedule to attend these events and show your support. Also, while you’re there, make sure you give a well-deserved pat on the back to the folks who organize these activities. These people usually work behind the scenes and ask for nothing in return, however, I have to believe these events wouldn’t be so great without their tireless efforts.

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Thought for today: “But then fall comes kicking summer out ... as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” Stephen King.

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Take time for you. Life is not a dress rehearsal. 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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