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Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 4:10 p.m. CDT

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Mother’s Day 2014 has come and gone. I hope everyone had a great day, and I also hope you made some memories to last a lifetime.

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The spring flowers are really blooming. My bluebells are just beautiful this year, as are the daffodils and tulips. And the red bud trees? Oh my! I think they are one of my favorites. I have several, and their pretty purple flowers are nothing short of breathtaking!

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Are you planting a garden this year? I have some of mine in, but I still have a few more plants I want to buy. It’s a lot of work now, but those home-grown tomatoes in the late summer will remind us why we do it. There’s nothing better than a big, thick slice of tomato on your grilled burger or your BLT. Mmmmmm. If you have any recipes you’d like to share with the BCR, please email them to BCR Recipe Columnist Judy Dyke at judyd2313@frontier.com.

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OK, so what did you think of our new Illinois Valley Scene, which arrived last week? Yep, it’s a new product that replaces the old Bureau County Journal. The IV Scene is distributed to every household in Bureau and Putnam counties, and it is meant to serve as guide to what’s going on in our own backyard and beyond. We’ve got lots of fun features planned for upcoming editions, including restaurant/venue reviews, sports Senior Spotlights, Voice of the Children, our Good Eats recipe page and more.

In order for this product to be successful, we are relying on you to send us your event information, so we can include it in the IV Scene. Send your information to ivscene@bcrnews.com. Please include a phone number, so we can call you if we have questions.

I hope you enjoy the Illinois Valley Scene. The entire staff has been integral in creating this project, and I’d encourage you to give me a call or send me an email. I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts. I can be reached at 815-875-4461, ext. 229, or you can email me at tsimon@bcrnews.com.

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Congratulations to the winners of our Mommy & Me Photo Contest. They are first-place winner Amber Maggi; Brittany McClure, second; Trisha Hamrick, third; Koreen Judd, fourth; and Brittany Bejster, fifth. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun-filled contest.

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It’s difficult to believe pomp and circumstance are already in the air. That’s right ... high school graduates from around the area are preparing for that special day when they’ll get that hard-earned diploma. This weekend seniors from Hall High School and St. Bede Academy will graduate on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Congratulations!

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Just a reminder. The Bureau Valley Antique Club will host its annual Spring Preview at the Harold Steele farm outside of Dover, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. If you’ve never attended this event, you’ll want to make sure you take some time to visit; I guarantee you’ll be absolutely impressed when you leave. Harold Steele and company go all out for this fun and informational activity. It’s clearly one of my favorite events of the year. An additional perk this year is Max Armstrong will be speaking to the crowd at 1 p.m. Armstrong is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded agricultural journalists in America. You won’t want to miss it!

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Thought for the day: “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” Hank Aaron.

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I forgot to mention last week that Pat Polson arrived right on schedule to deliver me her annual May basket. What a sweet gesture! Thanks, Pat! You made my day!

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May is such a busy month, especially with school letting out for the summer. Try to take some time for you and those you love. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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