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Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 2:40 p.m. CDT

I happened to walk by the school supply aisle the other day, and I don’t mind telling you there was a certain pang of excitement in my soul. While it’s been way too many years since I needed to buy school supplies, the sight of all those new pens, pencils, crayons and notebooks took me on a quick trip down that proverbial Memory Lane. Do you remember? Of course you do.

From the bag of new school supplies to the new white and black saddle shoes from Anderson-Mosshart to the new clothes that arrived from Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck to the new underwear and socks from Hornsby’s or Carp’s on Princeton’s Main Street ... it was a special time of year. After all — new clothes and other items were usually reserved for birthdays and Christmas. It was a big deal!

As the children prepare to return to school, I hope they do so with an excited feeling about learning. I truly believe kids assume their feelings about school from the adults in their world. If the adults are excited, then ultimately some of that excitement transfers to the children.

I also hope parents will be an active component in their child’s education, supporting the teachers charged with helping to educate the young people who walk through their doors. You’ll notice I said “helping,” when I refer to teachers. They can’t do it alone. They need parental support. Just ask your child’s teachers how you can help. They’ll be happy to include you in their goals to help educate your child.

On behalf of the Bureau County Republican, we wish all of you a great school year — students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff.

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Keeping the idea of back to school in mind, please remember there may be young people walking to school or the bus stop, who are more concerned about getting to school than safety measures. If you are a motorist, please take a few extra moments to look again and again. If you are a parent, please remind your precious children to follow good safety rules.

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Our judges are in the process of reviewing all of our nominations for our annual Women of Distinction Awards. We had some great nominations — each and every one of the ladies nominated were deserving, so I know the judges are going to have a difficult time. We’ll be announcing the winners soon.

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! We’ll have more details about the luncheon soon. BCR Multi-Media Consultant Pam Marsh and I just reviewed the menu for the luncheon, and it sounds delicious. Again, if you attended last year, you know what a fun event this is. Hope to see you there. Information on reservations will be available soon.

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I attended the Homestead Talent Showcase Saturday night, and it was fun to see so many of you there also. Wow! What great and talented local musicians we have! It was a fun event, and I hope you were able to attend too. You know, we often seek entertainment in the large cities, but quite frankly, the music I heard Saturday night was outstanding — second to none.

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Congratulations to the local ladies who played in the Illinois Valley Women’s Golf Invitational at Green River Country Club on Sunday. Also, congrats to St. Matthew’s on their win in the church league!

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Next week is the Bureau County Fair! Wow! Where has the summer gone? Have a great week. Be safe. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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