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Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:12 p.m. CDT

I had a nice chat last week with my buddy, Princeton resident Ray Crawford. We talk now and then on the phone about a variety of subjects. I find I always hang up the phone after a Ray Crawford conversation with a smile on my face that lasts a good share of the day.

The other day Ray put something into perspective for me. As our chat was dwindling down, he told me that last year on March 15, 2013, he was planting green beans in his garden. Wow! What a difference a year makes! I bet none of you — including Ray — were planting green beans on Saturday!

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Speaking of warmer weather, spring officially begins on Thursday just before 1 p.m. You just have to love spring, don’t you? It’s a time of year that offers us so much, if we will just take the time to look around and see the wonders of our world. In my mind, spring offers each of us a second chance ... and who doesn’t like second chances? Happy Spring, my friends! We clearly deserve this one!

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Today is Election Day. Candidates for the primary races have their names on the ballot, and they are hopeful you will give them your vote. I understand a lot of people don’t like to vote in primary elections (my grandfather was one of them) because they don’t like to declare a party to get their ballot. Just so you know, you can still go to the polls and ask for a non-partisan ballot, so you can vote on referendum questions. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the Bureau County Clerk’s office.

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I hope each of you had a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It’s been said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! I know a lot of area restaurants served up some great corned beef and cabbage dinners, not to mention those wonderful Reuben sandwiches. I hope you had the time to patronize your local establishments. I understand there was quite a bit of green beer flowing through Bureau County too!

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Congratulations are in order for the young people who were honored recently by the Princeton Chapter of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution DAR at the group’s annual Youth Day Luncheon, including Kelly Van Den Bussche of Princeton Christian Academy as the American History essay winner; and high school DAR winners Katelyn DeBrock of Bureau Valley High School, Adilene Gavina of DePue High School, Nathan Tonozzi of Hall High School, Kentessa Hartwig of Henry High School, Zachary Hicks of Princeton High School, Jon Mattern of Putnam County High School, Christopher Sampson of St. Bede Academy and Myrah Graham of LaMoille High School. What an honor! Congratulations!

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I also have to say I am so impressed with the folks at the Bunker Hill Church of God who are asking for suggestions regarding the conversion of a Buda building into a community center for folks of all ages. While it might seem like a huge undertaking — and I’m sure it is, I applaud this area church for their efforts, determination and perseverance. What a great idea! Applause, applause, applause ... If you missed our story on it in last Thursday’s newspaper, you can check it out on our website.

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Speaking of our website ... Election totals/results will be posted on www.bcrnews.com. Local totals will be posted Tuesday evening after the polls close and votes are tabulated. Some state races might not be called until later in the evening or until Wednesday. Check back on our website Wednesday to get those final state totals.

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I hope you have a great week. Please try to be gentle with one another, for we have no idea what battles everyone is fighting. Also remember to be gentle with yourself. Life is short. Be kind. 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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