Oh my! You should smell the wisteria in bloom at my house! I have them growing on an arbor between my house and one of my garage, so every time I walk in and out of the house, I have the distinct pleasure of the most magnificent scent you can ever imagine. I love the scent of lilacs, which have already bloomed, but there’s something very unique and beautiful about wisteria.
Speaking of flowers, the irises are sure lovely this year. While we have a good share of the new varieties, I have a particular passion for those old irises like Grandma used to grow. Not only are they so pretty, but they bring back lots of memories.
It’s difficult to believe we have already turned the page to June. Wow! I hope you have a fun summer planned. Keep in mind nearly every village/town in Bureau County and beyond have summer festivals. A lot of time, energy, money and people are involved in these events, so please mark your calendars. We’ll do our part too. Call the BCR newsroom to keep us posted on all your summertime events, and we’ll let readers know all the details.
Our Illinois Valley Living magazine — Summer 2014 edition is in its final stages. Watch for it near the end of the month. We have some really fun and interesting stories ready for you, plus our fantastic photography.
It’s just about time to begin the nomination process for our second annual Women of Distinction Award. Watch the BCR for further details. In the mean time, think about the women in your life who have made a difference in the lives of others. Are they a Woman of Distinction?
Lots of great news in the BCR last week. Here are a few items that caught my attention
• I’ve been seeing all the folks retiring from our area schools. There are quite a few people leaving their respective school districts this year. On behalf of the BCR, let me say how proud we are of you for all your efforts in the education of our county’s youth.
• I absolutely love the idea of the People’s Garden, located outside the Princeton Public Library. What a neat project, and kudos to Perry Memorial Hospital for allowing it on their property and the city of Princeton for the use of city water to keep it growing. A big round of applause to all the volunteers as well.
• Congratulations to Reagan Middle School student Andrew Albrecht, who drew the winning design for the new Bureau County official seal that will be used on all Bureau County documents and records. Way to go Kami Hieronymus for having the idea to let our area students compete in a contest to create that design, and a big high five all the students/teachers/schools who competed in the contest.
• A well-deserved congratulations also to the BCR’s own Sam Fisher, who accepted the publisher’s position at Sauk Valley Media, the Dixon Telegraph, the Ogle County Newspapers and Prairie Advocate, in conjunction with the BCR, the Putnam County Record and the Tonica News.
• A big round of applause to the Princeton Community Band, which opened its season Sunday evening at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Director Jim Jones does a bang-up job, and I also applaud the musicians who come from near and far to participate.
It looks like Festival 56 is gearing up for another great summer season. Watch for an upcoming story on their 2014 season in the BCR.
Thought for the week: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Father’s Day is just around the corner. Please try to shop locally. Have a great week. Take deep breaths ... exhale. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.