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Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 4:37 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 4:43 p.m. CST

Wow! We’ve sure had some lovely weather. I could deal with these temperatures for the rest of the summer! Warm days with a breeze — cool nights! Aaahhh! But we live in the Midwest, and it could all change tomorrow. I am hoping for a bit of rain this week, since my garden could really use it ... and quite frankly, I’m too lazy to have to carry a ton of water out to the garden!

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This Friday, is the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Bureau County at Hall High School in Spring Valley. According to those I’ve spoken with from the American Cancer Society, this year’s event will be smaller and a bit different than in years gone by. Check out my story on Page 1.

Relay for Life is all about honoring cancer survivors, remembering those who have lost their battle with this disease, and also about raising money for education and research so nobody will ever have to experience the words, “You have cancer.”

The opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. I hope you’ll be able to find a few minutes in your schedule to attend. I guarantee if you’ve never attended a Relay for Life event, it will change you.

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Our Illinois Valley Living Women of Distinction Award is a great honor bestowed upon women who continue to make a difference in the Illinois Valley. Last year in our inaugural year, 10 women were honored at a luncheon where about 200 area residents came to applaud their efforts. It was a grand event!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 Women of Distinction Award. You can find a nomination form on our website at www.bcrnews.com or inside our Summer 2014 Illinois Valley Living magazine. Also, you can find nomination forms at any of our event sponsors, including Heartland Bank & Trust Co., Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Perry Memorial Hospital, St. Margaret’s Health, Illinois Valley Community College, Liberty Village, Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre and Flowers by Julia, Plus, you can also pick up a nomination form at our front desk.

This year’s event promises to be great fun. Again, Princeton’s own Kathy O’Malley, co-host of the popular WGN Kathy and Judy Show, is our keynote speaker. Last year, O’Malley wowed the crowd with her fun and entertaining speech, so we asked her again if she would be a part of this special day to honor women who make a difference in the Illinois Valley. If you didn’t hear O’Malley last year, you’ll want to make sure you attend this year to hear her. You’ll be glad you did.

Please turn in your nomination forms to me by mail at BCR, Attention: Terri Simon, P.O. Box 340, Princeton, IL 61356, in person at the BCR front desk, or by emailing your nomination to me at tsimon@bcrnews.com. It only takes a few minutes of your time, however, it’s well worth the effort to nominate a local Woman of Distinction! The deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 1. Thanks.

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Thought for the day: “There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tires. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less an exception to the general rule.” Samuel Butler.

Thought for tomorrow: “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” Hermann Hesse.

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Congratulations to all the Bureau County 4-H members who participated in last week’s 4-H Fair, and a big round of applause to all the adults who help these 4-H members realize their potential.

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I hope you have a great week. The summer is slipping away, so I hope you’ll take time to kick back and enjoy every moment with those you love ... take time for yourself as well. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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