Wow! Last week was such a busy week. First and foremost, many churches held services and Easter celebrations. I hope your personal Easter was blessed with the presence of family and friends, squeals from the youngsters when they discovered special treats ... and at least a bit of time for some personal reflection as you consider the Easter story and how it pertains to your individual lives.
I remember so many Easter holidays from when I was growing up — like the time the Easter Bunny left a box of baby chicks for us. And another time when my Uncle Greg — just eight years older than me — was playing with his new paddle ball from his Easter basket (that wooden paddle with a little red ball attached), and he was being so crazy that the little red ball came detached from the rubber band, hit and broke the livingroom lamp, and he got spanked with the paddle! Hope you made some Easter memories this year!
I had the opportunity to chat last week with Michael Berlinger, director of art conservation and president of Heritage Restoration and Design Studio in Peoria — the company that did the fabulous restoration work at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arlington. The work this company did on this church has been fabulous. This company is no stranger to Bureau County, since they have also done work at Holy Trinity in Cherry and St. Patrick’s in Sheffield, plus I understand it has also done work in Tiskilwa, Spring Valley, Dalzell and Ladd. The six-generation company traces its roots back to 1820 in Germany and also works on courthouses, executive offices, healthcare facilities and historic homes.
As I read stories in last week’s Bureau County Republican, I found myself applauding many efforts of folks from throughout the county. Here are a few of things I believe deserve applause:
• At last week’s Spring Valley City Council meeting, Mayor Walt Marini announced his selection to replace the late Alderman Mark Actis. His suggestion to fill the seat is Deb Baltikauski. Marini said after thinking long and hard about the open position, he felt the council — which is currently made up of seven men — could use the perspective of a lady. “This would enhance the council,” he said. “We all know women look at things differently than men. I think that outlook can be beneficial to our decisions and the people of Spring Valley.”
Your comment got my attention, Mr. Mayor, and a big round of applause from this lady.
• Last week, LaMoille Community Unit School District held an open house and town hall meeting to discuss the district’s recent accomplishments and future goals with the public. Applause to the school district for holding the event, and a big high five to all the community members who attended.
• The village of DePue also held an open house meeting last week to view the first copy of the village’s comprehensive plan that provides guidelines and ideas on how to better improve the village. I’m so impressed with a village board that asks for ideas and comments from the people they represent. Good for you DePue Village Board and an equal round of applause to those village residents who made their voices heard.
Mommy and Me Contest: Submit a picture of your favorite moment with you and your children/grandchildren. Once the submission period is finished (Wednesday), the voting begins on our website (Thursday) at www.bcrnews.com. You can view the entries and vote for your favorite. Make sure you get your family and friends to vote for you by putting this link on your Facebook page. The voting period begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and runs through 5 p.m. May 1.
Have a great week, and remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.