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Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 1:09 p.m. CST

It was a big weekend. There was the blow-out at the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos; the famous weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Sunday morning — forecasting six more weeks of winter; and yet another winter storm blew through the county and generously gave us additional inches of snow on top of what we already had.

But aside from the big stuff, Bureau County and the surrounding areas had quite a few activities going on, and from the looks of it, many braved the inclement weather to enjoy the opportunity to get out of the house and kick cabin fever to the curb.

I attended the Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Casino Night at the Bureau County Metro Center. It was really quite fun, and it was good to see so many folks there. This fundraiser offered those in attendance an opportunity to play a host of casino games with local folks playing the part of dealers. It was fun. I spent a good share of time at the Roulette table, where dealer Eric May did a fantastic job keeping the wheel spinning and dealing with a bunch of often rowdy people placing their “bets.” Nobody was using real money, so it was fun to bet a little more extravagant than one might really do with real money at a real casino. To make a long story short, it appeared as if the event was a success, and I applaud Chamber Director Kim Frey and all the other Chamber Board members and Chamber Ambassadors who helped make this first Casino Night a fun and hopefully profitable event.

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Customer Service Kudos: Do you know a business or a person who goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service? If so, I’d like to hear about it, so I can share these great stories with other readers. Following is the Kudos I received this week:

• Wanda said, “I think we all need to send great big a thank you to all of the personnel who are taking care of us in the bleak weather. The men that are trying to keep our streets clear, the people that deliver our newspapers and mail, the places that are offering warm places to go, etc. We usually take all of these things for granted. But these men and women are doing their ‘regular’ jobs under extreme conditions. I know I appreciate the work all of them do, and I hope others do also.”

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Just a reminder: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As you make reservations, order flowers, buy gifts, etc. — please try to do so in Bureau County. Our county is filled with a host of great restaurants, florists, gift shops and more, and when you buy locally, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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Thought for today: “I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February.” Gary Cole.

Another thought for today: “Facebook was founded on Feb. 4, 2004. On Feb. 5, we were feeling pretty confident, even from observing the first few hours of usage. Students used it like crazy. They’d sign up then spend the next 3-4 hours on it. Then we’d go to lecture hall and see it on every computer screen there.” Dustin Moskovitz.

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Watch for it ... The Bureau County Republican’s first edition of “Hometown Heroes” will be coming soon. You’re really going to like it. More to come ...

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Let us know what events your organization has planned. We’ll be happy to help you promote it in the BCR. Give the newsroom and our advertising department a call at 815-875-4461.

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I’m finished complaining about winter (for now, at least). Instead, I’m trying to look forward to every day, even if it’s several degrees below zero or the snow is adding another blanket of white to our frozen world.

Have a great week, my friends. Please try to be gentle with each other, and don’t forget to save some of that gentleness for yourself. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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