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Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 3:46 p.m. CDT

They say when it rains, it pours. That’s the case in my garden right now — but instead of raindrops, it’s pouring tomatoes!

We planted four cherry/grape tomato plants, and the results are crazy. We’ve eaten more tomatoes in the past week than I think I’ve consumed in my entire life, plus we’ve shared with family and friends. The bigger tomatoes are a bit slower, but they are arriving too. There’s nothing better at this time of the year than a BLT (made with Wyanet Locker bacon and fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes), and that definitely takes the hassle out of deciding what to cook for dinner! Or sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil and basalmic vinegar with basil leaves plucked from my herb garden is a meal in itself! Yum! Wish we could preserve some of these right-from-the-garden tastes for next winter!

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The nominations are in for the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted a nomination. Wow! I’ve just glanced at all the nomination forms, and everyone is so deserving. Our panel of judges will soon be receiving the nomination forms, and as soon as possible, we’ll be announcing our winners.

Mark your calendars now for the annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon on Oct. 16. WGN co-host of the Kathy and Judy Show — Princeton’s own Kathy O’Malley is our keynote speaker, so you can expect a fun-filled time. It’s truly an inspirational event, and no doubt, you’ll leave the luncheon feeling good about life and the wonderful women who will ultimately make up our 2014 Women of Distinction!

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It’s difficult to believe the 2014 high school football season is nearly upon us. Where did the summer go?

Do you enjoy sports and have a flair for writing/photography? If so, we are looking for a couple of sports correspondents to cover area sporting event for the fall season. The job includes entrance to all the sports events as well as the opportunity to tell readers about the games you attend. It’s really a fun job, and if you feel like you’d enjoy watching our area youth and reporting on those games, give BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 6336, or email him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com. We’d love to have you be a part of our team!

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I understand this year’s Relay for Life at Hall High School was a much smaller event than in year’s gone by, however, I also know there are folks out there who are stepping up to the plate to help rebuild this very important fundraising activity. As you know, the Relay for Life and all it stands for is very near and dear to my heart, so if you would like to be a part of an organization that will eventually fund the means that develops a cure for cancer ... well, this group is for you. Contact American Cancer Society Relay for Life specialist for Bureau County Tanya Huntington at 309-648-9685.

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This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is the Homestead Talent Showcase — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Prairie Arts Center, located at 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton. Featured artists will be Charles Gebeck, Phil Kaufmann, Jennifer Reckamp and her daughter Morgan Reckamp, Gwen Roseberg, David Mills and Ann Field Williams — all area residents who either still live in the county or who are returning to perform for this event. It’s going to be a really cool event, and you’ll be amazed at all the homegrown talent. This is a fundraiser for the Homestead Festival. I hope to see you there!

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It’s such a busy time of the year ... I hope you are able to take some time for yourself and those you love. Light a couple of citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes away and sit a spell on the porch or patio. Close your eyes and listen to nature’s symphony around you. Breathe. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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