Well, another Bureau County Fair has come and gone, and I hope you had the opportunity to attend and make some memories. While the traditional things at the fair always tug at my heartstrings, the new items always add some excitement to an already fun experience.
I especially enjoy watching the little ones on the rides, begging for just “one more,” and seeing their expressions when the huge stick of cotton candy is handed to them and their color-tainted faces — the results of a snow cone. Likewise, I enjoy watching the older folks too — resting in the shade under the tent at the Hospitality Tent — their eyes watching all the chaos the fair brings, while their hearts remember the fair from year’s gone by.
It’s truly a nostalgic event, mixed with so much more. While many hours and much effort goes into planning each Bureau County Fair, I’d like to take this opportunity thank those folks who work tirelessly to make each year’s fair something to remember. Despite the heat, the rain, the mud and anything else Mother Nature delivers, these folks make it all work. On behalf of the BCR and myself, I’d like to personally express our appreciation for another job, another fair, well done.
For most Bureau County schools, everyone is in their places with bright, shiny faces! While I know the heat puts an additional stress on education at the beginning of each school year, I’ve talked with many, many teachers who are again excited to be able to lay the tools of learning on the table for each of their students. Please keep in mind that education isn’t reserved just for your child’s teachers. It’s a three-way endeavor between parents, teachers and students. Have a great school year.
This Thursday, John F. Kennedy School in Spring Valley will be hosting an open house to show its new school addition. This is a first-class facility, and I hope you’ll attend and see what has transpired. Congratulations to all who have participated in this project, and best of luck to all those who enter these new doors of learning!
Get a load of this: I was in Sterling on Saturday afternoon, and I thought I’d fix BLTs for dinner. I already had plenty of tomatoes from my garden and lettuce in the refrigerator at home. But I needed some bacon, and I knew I didn’t have time to get to the Wyanet Locker before it closed on Saturday. So I decided to stop at a grocery store in Sterling to pick up a pound of bacon. OMG! A pound of Oscar Mayer bacon ... are you ready for this ... was $9.15. No kidding! And not all the packages were 16 ounces; some were premium slices and only 12 ounces for the same price! Needless to say, there were no BLTs on my table that night. Wow!
I read some on the issue after leaving the store, and apparently the price hike is precipitated by a variety of issues. And bacon isn’t the only thing with a surprising sticker shock. It’s time I shop smarter, watch the sales and change my dinner menus to reflect what is on those sales. Meanwhile, I’m serving LT sandwiches, instead of the usual BLT!
As the very humid and hot weather arrives, I’d like to remind everyone to check on seniors, friends, family members and anyone whose health may be compromised by the heat/humidity. That goes for your four-legged friends too. Please make sure others are taking care of their animals.
The first high school football games are this Friday. Good luck to all the teams and each player and coach. The same goes for all the other students who are participating in fall sports and other extra curricular activities. Above all, have fun!
It’s the last week of August! Labor Day is Sept. 1. Our office will be closed; early deadlines apply.
And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.