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Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 1:07 p.m. CDT

I’m writing this column on Monday, and as I look out my office window, it’s blustery, cold and snowing. While those adjectives — almost without exception — have described this winter, there is some warmer information in sight. In just a few short weeks, we’ll be turning our clocks ahead an hour as we observe Daylight Saving Time. That’s right. On March 9, we will “spring forward,” and give ourselves an extra hour of daylight. While it could very well still be blustery, cold and snowing, at least that extra hour of daylight will help with Mother Nature’s gloomy personality this year.

As I drove to work this morning from Sheffield, I think the roads were the worst I’d seen all season ... so far.

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On behalf of the Bureau County Republican and myself, I’d like to extend a sincere congratulations to artist O.V. “Verne” Shafer, who was honored with the Prairie Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, and Julia McCutchan, who was also honored with the PAC’s Patron of the Arts Award, on Saturday evening at the PAC’s annual gala event. I can’t think of two more deserving people to take home these well-deserved awards. Congratulation! Both of these folks have my deepest and most heartfelt respect.

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The BCR is working on an upcoming page about St. Patrick’s Day. On this page, which will be a fun-filled expose on this March holiday, we want to include a listing of all area restaurants who will be serving corned beef and cabbage. Please send the name of your restaurant, the hours and days you’ll be serving, and what your corned beef and cabbage meal includes. Email that information to BCR Copy Editor Sarah Maxwell at smaxwell@bcrnews.com or call Maxwell at 815-875-4461, ext. 228.

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Just a reminder: If your group or organization is having an event, we’d like to help you promote it in our newspaper, our website and on mobile platforms. For advertising, contact BCR Sales Development Manager Pam Pratt-March at 815-875-4461, ext. 241, or by email at ppratt@bcrnews.com. For listings in our event calendar, on our religion page, etc., please submit your press release telling us who, what, when, where and why to news@bcrnews.com. For more information on those submissions, contact BCR Associate Editor Rita Roberts at rroberts@bcrnews.com or call her at 815-875-4461, ext. 227.

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Watch for it! Our brand, spanking new special section, “Hometown Heroes,” will be inside your newspaper on Thursday. This new section is really neat, and I know you are going to like it.

We are so lucky in Bureau and Putnam counties, since our area is filled with a host of Hometown Heroes. That’s why this will be the first in many more editions to come. If you don’t see your favorite Hometown Hero in this edition, hopefully, we’ll be able to feature them in next year’s edition. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

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Thought for today: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Poet Anne Dudley Bradstreet.

Thought for tomorrow: “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. When you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Writer Joseph Campbell.

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What would you like to see in your hometown newspaper, that we don’t already give you? Send me an email at tsimon@bcrnews.com. Your input is integral to our success. You can also call me at 815-875-4461, ext. 229.

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I hope you are using these bleak winter days to find happiness with your friends and family members. What a great time to reconnect! Please be gentle with one another — and also be gentle with yourself. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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