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From the editor’s desk

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:26 p.m. CDT

Well, my backyard looks like a rabbit rodeo is going on — hopping, racing, jumping — the antics are fun to watch. Robins are frequently visiting the birdbath on the deck rail, and I even watched one devour a worm the other day. My winter coats have been swapped for lighter jackets, and I can’t help but notice the baby calves in the fields on my travels around the county. Spring is here, and I, for one, am ecstatic.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, our Illinois Valley Living Spring 2014 edition is on the streets. I’ve already heard quite a few great comments about this popular magazine that features the people, places and things in the Illinois Valley. The magazines are available at several locations in Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle counties, or feel free to stop by our office at 800 Ace Road to pick up your free copy.

As always, I appreciate any comments and story suggestions. Several stories in this magazine are the result of your story ideas. Thank you!

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Calling all Moms! Coming soon to www.bcrnews.com is our Mommy and Me Photo Contest. Now is the time to find that perfect photo of Mom and her children. Watch the Bureau County Republican and www.bcrnews.com for further details and directions on how to enter/win this fun-filled contest with plenty of prizes!

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I know it’s only April, but before we know it, pomp and circumstance will be in the air. May is just around the corner, and as always, we will be publishing our annual graduation special section filled with all the graduates from the area. As representatives of area high schools, if you’ve already sent us your graduates’ photos, thank you. If not, please email or send them to BCR Associate Editor Rita Roberts. Her email is rroberts@bcrnews.com or you can send a disc with the photos to Roberts’ attention at P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356.

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Customer Service Kudos: Do you know an individual or business that delivers great customer service? If so, send me some information about your experience, and I’ll be happy to publish it in my editor’s column. I can be reached at tsimon@bcrnews.com or at 815-875-4461, ext. 229. Here are the Kudos I’ve received recently:

• Alice said her Kudos go to the AutoZone crew in Princeton. She said they offer friendly service. “They are the greatest crew I’ve encountered in a long time.”

• Joe said he always likes the service he gets at Verucchi’s Ristorante in Spring Valley. “They always make me feel like I’m part of the family. That says a lot these days. Whenever I think about going out to eat with my wife and family, Verucchi’s is always first on the list of places to go.”

• Mary Jane said Avanti’s Foods in Walnut delivers great customer service. “When I go to Avanti’s, I never quite know what I want to buy — I’m usually searching for something for supper. The ladies behind the counter are always so patient and tell me to take my time. That means a lot, and I always go home happy.”

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Just a reminder: Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. It’s a time to reflect and see how those reflections affect our lives today.

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Thought for the day: “The feller that brags about how cheap he heats his home always sees the first robin.” Kim Hubbard.

Thought for Palm Sunday: “Have a blessed Palm Sunday. Remember a week before he was crucified like a criminal, he rode into the city a king.” Anonymous.

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Yard work and spring cleaning are no doubt on your agenda too. When you’re knee-deep in dirt and elbow-deep in house cleaning, please don’t get so busy that spring passes you by. The beauty of spring is and will continue to be all around us, and once it’s gone, it won’t be back for several months. Take deep breaths. Exhale slowly. Embrace the season. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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