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Easter, Holy Week — make some memories

Elections and the aftermath are clearly not my favorite times of the year. I’m glad the consolidated election is finished. As our editorial said on Saturday, it’s time for those elected to get busy, and it’s time for those who elected them to remain watchful regarding their new and re-elected representatives and how they perform in office. It’s as simple ... and as difficult as that.

I do want to congratulate every candidate who threw their hat into the proverbial election ring. Whether you won or lost, your desire to serve is admirable, and I applaud your ambition and your eagerness to be part of the solution.

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This week is Holy Week, and many churches in the area have a host of services/activities planned. Check out the information many church personnel sent to us on our religion pages in today’s BCR. If you don’t see a particular church listed, it means they didn’t send in any information to us. Feel free to give that church a call, as I’m sure they’d be happy to welcome you to any of their Holy Week activities/services.

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There will be no shortage of Easter egg hunts and other holiday activities this coming weekend. Nearly every town/village in the county hosts a children’s event. I’ve been to countless Easter egg hunts throughout the years to take photos. They are so much fun, and the children always seem to have a good time. I hope you’ll enjoy your hometown Easter egg hunt too. Check out the list of Easter egg hunts we’ve received from various municipalities and organizations on Page 4.

As you shop for your Easter treats, please try to do so in Bureau County. When you shop locally — and there’s plenty from which to choose — it’s a win-win situation for us all.

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Congratulations are in order to city of Princeton Treasurer Brad Kloepping who retired from his post after almost 21 years of service. Kloepping was responsible for a host of financial duties for the city of Princeton. His experience and diligence will be missed.

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Last weekend’s warm weather, mixed with plenty of rainfall, has caused a surge of spring in my yard. I’m sure the same is true for you. The tiniest of leaves, buds are decorating the trees in my yard, and the early tulip and daffodil bloomers are a welcome and colorful addition. I’ve already seen quite a few folks out mowing, so that’s a good sign as well.

With the warmer weather, I’ve noticed quite a few motorcyclists and bicyclists enjoying the seasonal temperatures. Please keep an eye out for these folks on your travels.

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I’ve had a few calls asking about our Illinois Valley Living magazine. Our Spring 2017 edition has hit the streets and can be found in several locations in Bureau, Putnam and LaSalle counties. We also have plenty of copies at our office at 800 Ace Road. Stop by and pick up your free copy.

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Are you an experienced writer and/or copy editor? If so, the BCR might have the perfect job for you. We are looking for someone to work as a copy editor/staff writer in our newsroom, which produces four newspapers a week and several magazines and special sections throughout the year.

The right person for this job has an eye for accuracy, has good people skills, has a great grasp of the English language, is a team player and enjoys working with the public. If this job fits your skills, give me a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 6330, or email me at tsimon@bcrnews.com. Journalism and/or writing experience would be great, but we will train the right person.

• Do you enjoy sports? Do you attend a lot of area high school games? Can you write a sports story, take photos and relay what you’ve seen at a game to BCR readers?

The BCR is looking for a sports correspondent to help with game coverage throughout the county. Accuracy and good writing skills are a must. Photo skills are a plus. If you’d like more information, contact BCR Sports Editor Kevin Hieronymus at khieronymus@bcrnews.com or at 815-875-4461, ext. 6336.

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On Sunday, a group of folks from the First Christian Church in Princeton sang Easter songs for the folks at Liberty Village during their lunch time. It was really nice, and it was fun to watch some of the residents sing along.

Do you have a special talent you’re able to share with others? The folks at area nursing homes sure enjoy visitors. Why not give a local nursing home a call and see how you can volunteer your time to bring some sunshine into our seniors’ worlds.

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I hope you have a great Easter. In the middle of all the Easter egg hunt hoopla, please try to take a few moments to remember the Easter story and real reason for this important holiday. Take plenty of photos — after all, there will only be one Easter 2017. Make some memories. 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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