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Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 3:24 p.m. CDT

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I hope you had the opportunity to attend one of the many Veterans Day ceremonies in and around Bureau County. I’m always so impressed with these events, especially the ones held at local schools throughout the area.

I know there are mixed emotions about whether schools should close their doors on this important holiday, but I think I have to agree with the concept of children being in attendance at school and participating in a Veterans Day ceremony at their respective buildings. If you’ve ever attended one of these school programs, you’ll know what I mean. Our area schools put a lot of effort into their Veterans Day ceremonies, and the impact they deliver will surely influence area students in a positive manner.

If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend a Veterans Day ceremony, it’s never too late to thank a veteran for their service. In fact, it’s probably something we should make a habit of doing every day.

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I hope everyone enjoyed Saturday’s Christmas in the Valley event. It was a great activity, and the weather cooperated. While it’s difficult to believe we are already gearing up for the holiday season, I encourage you to attend the many local holiday events in Bureau County.

This coming weekend, the third annual Celebrate Sheffield kicks off on Saturday. It will be a full day, filled with all kinds of holiday specials, treats and seasonal events. I hope you’ll come out and visit me at the Sheffield Public Library between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., where I’ll be signing my new book, “Grandma’s Cookie Jar.” There will also be a book sale and refreshments. And while you’re in town, I hope you’ll take advantage of all the fun, food and festivities!

If your village/town is planning a special event revolving around the holidays, make sure you let us know about it, so we can let your friends and neighbors know about it too. You can email your information to news@bcrnews.com.

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Speaking of the holidays, it won’t be long before we’ll be up to our elbows in holiday preparations. From your fragrant roast turkey to all the side dishes to that scrumptious dessert, the BCR would like to help you add some new recipes to your holiday recipe box.

The BCR will again publish its “A Homemade Holiday,” filled with recipes from you — our readers.

It’s really easy to participate. Without using any abbreviations, type or print out your favorite holiday recipe(s). Make sure the directions to the recipe are complete and easy to understand. Include your first and last name, your hometown, your email and telephone number. (Your telephone and email will not be published.)

You can submit your recipe via a variety of venues: By email at news@bcrnews.com; by using our online form at www.bcrnews.com/forms/recipe; mailing it to us at P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356; or dropping it off at our office at 800 Ace Road, Princeton. The BCR has an after-hours drop box at the rear of our building, where you can also deposit your recipe if our office is not open.

If you get your recipe(s) to us by 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $100 holiday baking basket filled with tons of goodies to help you with your holiday baking. The final deadline to submit a recipe is 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Absolutely no recipes will be accepted after that date. You’ll receive your “A Homemade Holiday” section in your newspaper on Dec. 14. Happy Baking!

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Thought for the day: “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” Dodie Smith.

Thought for tomorrow: “The greatest weakness of all weaknesses is to fear too much to appear weak.” Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet.

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Congratulations to the Hall Red Devils football team on their first playoff appearance in six years. While the Red Devils bowed out in the second round of the 2A playoffs to the Momence Redskins, our Hall Red Devils finished the season with a 7-4 record. Congratulations!

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Just a reminder: The BCR will have early deadlines for the newspaper and Bureau County Journal for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If you are an advertiser, please see your multi-media consultant for more information. Deadlines for classified ads are also early.

Of course, the BCR will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so our staff can celebrate this special holiday with their families. We will reopen again on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

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Just for fun ... Workplace humor!

• Jim walks into his boss’ office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling, the boss finally agrees to a 5 percent raise, and Jim happily gets up to leave.

“By the way,” the boss asks as Jim gets up to leave, “Which three companies are after you?”

“The electric company, water company and phone company,” Jim replied.

• The boss of a small company was complaining during a staff meeting that people didn’t respect him enough. Trying to change the attitude in the office, he came in the next day with a sign for his door. It said, “I am the boss.”

One of the employees apparently not appreciating the change posted a Post-it Note on the sign. It said, “Your wife wants her sign back.”

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We’re all crazy busy at this time of the year. It seems like we cross one thing off that perpetual list, only to add two or more things onto it. My suggestion would be to include on your list of things to do, to write down “Take time for me.” 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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