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Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:01 p.m. CST

Summer officially began on Saturday. We’ve had kind of wet spell, but I’m not complaining. I’m not sure what the farmers in Bureau County think of it, but I do know it’s been nice not having to water the garden, flowers, trees and other plants. Now that same precipitation has also caused the grass to grow like it’s on steroids, but of course, there haven’t been many dry days to mow.

Speaking of mowing, isn’t there some kind of rule (or maybe it’s just common sense) that prohibits people from mowing their grass and letting that grass land in the street? I’m not sure of the exact reasoning behind it — I’m sure it has something to do with clogging up the gutters or something. In any case, I get really annoyed when I see someone has mowed, and there’s a bunch of grass clippings in the roadway, even on the country roads. It’s not that hard. Just mow in the opposite direction. Thus ends my gospel for the day ...

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Last weekend was another big weekend for activities. The Beef and Ag Day event on Friday night was well attended. Congratulations to Princeton’s Jim Rapp for winning the 2014 Bureau County Agricultural Service Award. This well-deserved honor was awarded by the Bureau County Farm Bureau, the Bureau County Pork Producers and the Bureau County Cattleman’s Association for exemplary leadership and service to agriculture and farmers. I grew up down the road from Jim, and I have always admired his family. They’ve always been good farmers and stewards of the land. Way to go, Jim!

I’m always impressed with the tractor treks in Bureau County, and last weekend there were two of them — one on Friday and one on Saturday. A big pat on the back to all those folks who took their tractors out to have some fun and give area residents a good show. A big round of applause to the folks who organized these events.

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The Bureau County Republican is co-sponsoring the Summer Solstice event this Friday evening with the Princeton Chamber of Commerce. Check out our story on Page 1. It sounds like a fun event, plus a great way to celebrate the summer by shopping and browsing the local merchants. Don’t forget to stop in at the Chamber office to get your wine glass. The BCR’s own Mona Cruse designed them. They’re really cool.

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Just a reminder: The BCR will be closed on the Fourth of July, so our staff can celebrate the holiday with their families and friends. We will have some early deadlines, so if you are an advertiser, check with your multi-media consultant if you have any questions.

Speaking of the Fourth of July, there are a host of celebrations going on, and we’d be happy to help you promote them. Email your information to BCR Copy Editor Sarah Maxwell at smaxwell@bcrnews.com so we can let readers know about your event.

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Thoughts for this week:

• “Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James.

• “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”John Steinbeck.

• “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” Deb Caletti.

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Lots going on ... it’s summertime! But remember to take some leisurely time for yourself and those you love. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it! Enjoy! 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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