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Well, like it or not (and I don’t), it happens this Sunday. That’s right. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, when we “fall back” and set our clocks back one hour. Ugh! I always dread the end of Daylight Saving Time, which means for me there are several days when I never see my home in the daylight — since I leave before it gets light and come home long after it’s dark! Don’t forget ... set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, or you’ll be the first one in the pew Sunday morning.


I’ve been watching the fields in and around Bureau County, and it always amazes me how quickly our area farmers harvest their crops. No kidding. I go to work with full fields of corn stalks along the roadside and come home to those same cleanly-harvested fields.

I know area farmers and their families put in long hours during the harvest. I also know that’s just part of being a farmer. But I will just offer a few words of friendly advice, for what it’s worth. I have to believe area farmers are tired as they attempt to beat Mother Nature and her tricks (kind of like that surprise snow shower last Tuesday). My point to all of this is that I would encourage farmers to get some rest. An exhausted farmer behind the wheel of a large piece of equipment is not a safe farmer. We want all of our area farmers (actually farmers everywhere) to be back for another harvest. Get some rest, my friends.


We are actively working on the winter edition of Illinois Valley Living. If you have any feature story ideas, please feel free to send me an email at As always, this edition promises to be jam-packed with great stories/photos from your friends and neighbors in the Illinois Valley.


Halloween is nearly upon us. Last weekend saw a plethora of spooky fun all around the county, and on Thursday, nearly every town and village in Bureau County will be hosting its annual trick-or-treat event, along with more parties and fun. As always, I would caution everyone to be careful as you drive through the county on Halloween night, taking a few extra minutes to be on the lookout for young ghosts, princesses and Super Heroes who may be excited and not use great safety measures. It’s probably a good time for parents to review those words of wisdom with their youngsters — looking both ways before crossing the street, staying with a group, and not eating any candy until Mom or Day have checked each piece.

Also, you’ll want to make sure you thank the folks who are orchestrating one of the many Halloween events for area children. Those activities require a lot of effort, energy and money, and those folks deserve a good old-fashioned pat on the back! Happy Haunting!


Thought for the day: “I like to call it nighttime brain — the way your mind seems to function on a different frequency than it does during daylight hours — which can be good or bad but also can lead to unexpected epiphanies or experiences that wouldn’t be the same at any other time of day.” Erin Morgenstern.

Thought for tomorrow: “How lovely are the portals of the night, when stars come out to watch the daylight die.” Thomas Cole.


It’s difficult to believe the holidays are just a hop, skip and a jump away. As you plan your gift-giving lists, please remember to add a few names onto it, like your local food pantry, the United Way and other area toy drives, the agencies in the area who take care of our homeless and stray animals, and other benevolent causes. If we each made a small donation, I have to think it would be a better holiday for all.


Have a great week. Take some time for you. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at

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