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Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:57 p.m. CDT

In Saturday’s Bureau County Republican, we ran a photo/story package on Page 2 telling readers of the Princeton High School Concert Choir which performed recently at the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) conference in Peoria. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, I hope you’ll either find it on our website (www.bcrnews.com) or get a Saturday copy of the BCR.

It was really quite an honor for PHS to be chosen to sing, since only three choirs were selected from throughout the state to perform at the conference. It was PHS’ first time to appear there. Brandon Crawford directs the choir, and guest director was Joy Schertz.

On behalf of the BCR, I’d like to extend our congratulations to the PHS Concert Choir, Crawford and Schertz for this well-deserved honor and your ability to represent Princeton and Bureau County in such a fine manner. We are proud of you!

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Also in Saturday’s BCR, I wrote a story about the demise of the Bureau County Pork Producers and what that means to our annual Homestead Festival/Pork Days celebration in September. For years, I’ve covered different events and taken tons of photos of the local Pork Producers, and I have to tell you it saddens me to learn that worthwhile organization is hanging up its hat. While I understand the reasons behind the decision to disband, it’s still a difficult reality. While I understand everything changes, I’d like to personally applaud the Bureau County Pork Producers — now and from the past — who brought a lot of smiles to many, many people throughout the years. Your hard work will not be forgotten.

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Customer Service Kudos: We all feel good when we receive good customer service, whether it’s from a business or from an individual who works there. Where have you received customer service that has gone above and beyond the norm? Send me an email at tsimon@bcrnews.com, and I’ll include it in my next Customer Service Kudos in this column. Here are the Kudos I received this week:

• Connie said she had a brief stay at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. “I want to give Kudos to Perry Memorial Hospital. The emergency department was wonderful. The ICU was very good; they took very good care of me. It was clean and nice; the whole hospital was nice. Everyone was concerned for me, and the food was wonderful. We’re very lucky to have a hospital like that Princeton.”

• Carol said, “I shopped for my first time at Patterns of the Past on South Main Street (Princeton), and I will definitely go back. Even though I was just looking and not buying, the people in that store treated me like I was family. I’m new to Princeton, and this is one of the reasons I like it here. People have been so nice.”

• Burt said, “I had breakfast the other day at ZBest (Sheffield), and after I ordered one meal, I changed my mind and asked to order something else. The waitress was so nice about it and asked the cook if it would be OK to change the order. It was. That was good customer service to me.”

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Are you watching the winter Olympics? I’d have to be a little bit crazy to attempt some of those events, but I sure admire those who have dedicated their lives to these sports. What do you think? Should I try snowboarding or not?

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Friday is Valentine’s Day. Please try to buy your Valentine treats in Bureau County. It’s a win-win for everyone that way. I hope you have a big day planned for the one you love ...

Thought for the day: “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’” Erich Fromm.

Thought for Valentine’s Day: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” Mother Teresa.

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Did you see the 50-year anniversary of the Beatles on TV Sunday night? Wow! Fifty years! Why I remember when they first took the stage on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” and how my grandfather shook his head at the sight of those four young men from Liverpool as they performed. Fifty years! Where has the time gone!

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Have a great week. The weather forecast looks dry — cold but dry, so maybe our spring is headed this way. Maybe not, but I guess there’s not much we can do about it. It is what it is. Please try to be gentle with others this week, and also don’t forget to save some of that gentleness for yourself. 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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