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Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:02 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:10 p.m. CST

What a lovely weekend we had! I spent about 10 hours in the backyard on Saturday. On Sunday, every bone and muscle in my body hurt — and I’m not just talking about a little hurt. As I write this on Monday afternoon, I’ve already been digging in my purse for some Aleve, Tylenol ... anything. OK, it was the first time I was out in the yard for the season, but this is ridiculous. If you see me walking around like I’m a 100 years old, you’ll know why.

Nevertheless, it was beautiful in my backyard on Saturday. I worked alongside the squirrels and the rabbits and the birds ... oh my, the birds were singing. Something about being so close to nature has to make you feel good — even if you’re so sore you can barely tie your shoes the next day. We did get some vegetable plants in the ground— tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, and the high point of the day was when two neighborhood friends stopped by to chat. You gotta love spring!

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day. My wish is for all ladies to have a great day, whether you are a mother or not. Women of all walks of life influence not just children, but the world around them in so many positive ways. What a great way to honor all women on this special day.

When you’re thinking about that special gift for this holiday, don’t forget to shop locally when you can. Bureau County is full of great merchants, and when you shop locally, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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Last week, I had the opportunity to be part of a Bureau Valley’s strategic planning committee on public relations. It was really interesting, and anytime a school district or other organization asks for public input, I am impressed. Lots of BV District citizens have been engaged to offer their opinions, suggestions, and I applaud the district for wanting our input and insight.

I also attended the Princeton Chamber of Commerce annual meeting last Thursday, where a plethora of awards were given. Congratulations to Rex Conger, Chamber Member of the Year; Dawn Conerton and CPASA, Chamber Service Organization of the Year; Gina Nelson, Ambassador of the Year; and Julie McCutchan, Homestead Festival Parade grand marshal. Mike and Deb Vrana, who are part of the Homestead Committee, also gave an overview of this year’s Homestead Festival. It sounds like there will be a ton of great happenings at this year’s festival, and the BCR is proud to be able to bring information on those events to you.

Other cool stuff in the news that caught my eye this week:

• Bureau Valley Foundation awarded more than $20,000 to improve and enhance students’ education.

• The Convoy for Cancer event, held in Ladd this past weekend, where all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Thanks to Phil and Mary Ann Hocking for organizing this worthwhile event, and also thanks to those folks who participated.

• Ron Happach of Sheffield won the governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for his volunteerism.

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Thought for this week:

• “I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln.

• “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” William Makepeace Thackeray.

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Thanks to all who participated in our Mommy and Me Contest.

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It’s difficult to believe graduation is on the horizon. I applaud the efforts of this year’s graduates — whether it’s junior high, high school or college. I hope you are as proud of your accomplishments as those who love you are.

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With spring finally in the air, I hope you’ll take some time to get outside and enjoy the weather ... and each other. Take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Relax. 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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