I hope you had a great Memorial Day holiday. We should be so proud. Nearly every town and village in Bureau County held Memorial Day services. I think that’s a great testament to who we are. On behalf of the Bureau County Republican, thanks to everyone who helped honor our nation’s veterans. I’d also like to pay a special tribute to the young people who participated in Memorial Day services. I am very proud of you.
What about this warmer weather? I just about started complaining last week about being hot, but then I remembered our winter. That shut me up very quickly.
You know summer is upon us, when the bugs return. If you know me, you also know I’m not a fan of bug or anything that skitters. I had a fairly violent argument with a May Bug the other night on my backyard deck. (OK, I know we call them June Bugs, but my Aunt Myrna said you can’t call them June Bugs until it’s June. Until then, they have to be called May Bugs. I have no idea if that is true or not, but it sounds good to me.)
Anyway, this May Bug was relentless as he bounced off my brick home a bazillion times — no worse for wear. Seeking the light on my backyard deck, which by the way is right next to my sliding glass door, it was obvious he was attempting to keep me from re-entering my home. It was around 11 p.m., and if any of my neighbors were outside, I’m sure they wondered what the shrieking was all about, but this bug was dive-bombing me like something from a World War II movie. There’s more to the story, but you obviously get the idea. Welcome to summer!
Congratulations are in order to the graduates of Bureau Valley, Crossroads, DePue, LaMoille, Ohio and Princeton high schools. Check out our photos on Page 2. A lot of very happy graduates accepted their hard-earned diplomas this past weekend, and on behalf of the BCR, we applaud you and wish you the very best of luck on your continuing journey through life. And regardless of where you go, may you always remember your Bureau County roots.
There have been some great news stories in the BCR recently. There are always too many to mention every one, but here are a few that really caught my eye:
• Twenty-three LaMoille High School sophomores recently published their own book, “Same Book, Different Stories: Short Stories from the Class of 2016.” Wow! What an exceptional accomplishment! And another round of applause to teacher Barb Zimmerman who orchestrated this six-month long project.
• Another great education story revolves around the middle school students at Malden Grade School, who have been working on a class-wide service learning project. The students, under the direction of teacher Barb Schlund, made quilt squares, which were sewn together to make blankets and delivered to area human and health service providers. Not only did the students get the opportunity to learn how to sew on a sewing machine, they also got an underlying lesson in benevolence.
• I don’t know if you had the opportunity to ready Jessica Carlson’s ag column on Saturday, but I have to tell you it was an exceptionally great piece of work. I’ve been writing columns for 20 years, and Jessica’s column was clearly far beyond her seventh-grade years. Clever, well-written, engaging ... I don’t mind admitting I got chills when I read it. Way to go, Jessica.
As the end of the school year rolls around, I hope you’ll take the time to thank our area school teachers, who have given so much to so many. These folks help to shape our future. Bureau County has many retiring teachers and support staff this year. Your words of thanks and congratulations will mean a lot.
Have a safe week. Take time for you, and remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.