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Mark your calendars: BCR forums

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:04 p.m. CDT

On March 22 and March 23, the Bureau County Republican will again host two forums — one a candidates’ forum and the other an informational forum.

The candidates’ forum is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. We will feature the six candidates running for two seats on the Princeton Park District Board, as well as the five candidates running for two seats on the Princeton City Council. Princeton Elementary School District Superintendent Tim Smith will also talk about PES’ upcoming referendum questions on the April 4 ballot.

The informational forum is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Bureau Valley High School Auditorium. At this forum, all seven Bureau Valley Board members will have five minutes to talk about the upcoming referendum question on the ballot, which asks voters if they want to build a new school in Sheffield, and make improvements at Bureau Valley High School and Bureau Valley North in Walnut.

As always, the BCR will not take questions or comments from the crowd during the forums, however, candidates and BV Board members have been asked to stay after the event, so voters can direct individual questions/comments to those people.

Our forums are usually standing-room only, so I’d suggest you come early. These events are meant to give you, the voter, an opportunity to hear from candidates and board members, helping you to make decisions during the April 4 consolidated election. I hope to see you there. I think you’ll be glad you came.


Beware the Ides of March. March 15 (today) is known as the Ides of March. But why? In ancient Rome, March 15 was the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. If you’ve heard the familiar phrase “Beware the Ides of March,” you should probably thank William Shakespeare, where a fortune teller in his play “Julius Caesar” says to Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March.” Just thought you might want to know.


Well, winter returned earlier this week, but we really shouldn’t complain. It’s been a mild winter compared to many. I’ve had quite a few folks say they are worried about their flowers, which have already poked their heads out of the ground, but I wouldn’t fret too much about them. Usually they’ll be fine.


Today is the second in two-part series I wrote on cursive handwriting. It was really a fun series, and I appreciate all who spoke with me on the issue. Most Bureau County schools still teach cursive handwriting. Some of the most interesting statements in support of learning cursive writing was the ability to read historical documents and the ability to read family items like letters, recipes, etc. I hope you enjoyed the stories.


Customer Service Kudos: Do you know an individual or a business that delivers great customer service? If so, send me an email so I can let other readers know about the great service you received. Following are the Kudos I’ve recently received:

• A Princeton resident said his Kudos go to the Princeton Police Department. He said his vehicle was stolen at Dollar General in Princeton, and within an hour, the police had located it in Peru. “I just think our boys in blue deserve the credit,” he said.

• Carol said, “My Kudos go to the people who work at Culver’s in Princeton. When I leave there, I actually feel like the workers are happy I came. That’s rare these days.”

• Donna Jean said, “Kudos to the staff at Ace in Princeton. I went in there the other day looking for something I didn’t even know the name of, and they helped me figure it out. They were so helpful. They’re amazing.”


I’m so happy about the extra hour of daylight we get at the end of the day. Hopefully, I can stay awake to watch the 10 p.m. news now. Ha. Have a great week, and don’t forget to put our BCR forums on your calendar. I think you’ll leave with a lot of information and insight. 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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