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It’s a busy time of year; take some time for you

By now, Easter 2017 is just a memory. I hope you and yours had a special day filled with laughter, tender experiences and all kinds of memory-making moments. Regardless of how you celebrated, I hope the day was special and shared with those who are near and dear to your hearts.

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It’s difficult to believe it’s already the middle of April. It won’t be long before Mother’s Day rolls around, followed by the air being filled with much pomp and circumstance as graduates make their way down the aisle to receive those diplomas they earned. Shortly after that, Memorial Day will arrive, and then summer festivals begin all around Bureau County.

If you’re like me, this next month and one-half will be a blur. It’s a tremendously busy time at the newspaper, and personally, my calendar seems just as busy. Between outside yard work, gardening, flowers, spring cleaning, events, etc. — why there won’t be enough hours in the day, and if you’re like me, that pillow on your bed will be calling your name earlier every night.

Before we get to that point, I think we should get out our calendars and make a point of writing in some personal time for ourselves as well as for those we love. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the hoopla that we forget to take time for ourselves and those who are near and dear. As for me, scheduling some down time for myself is the only way I can actually make it happen. In other words, I make an appointment with myself. Sounds kind of nutty, but it actually works. Give it a try.

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I learned about a cool event on Saturday, April 29. The kick off for the annual Relay for Life of Bureau County is that day, and to honor and celebrate the lifelong contributions made by our four-legged canine caregivers to cancer patients, the American Cancer Society is kicking off this year’s event with Bark For Life.

From what I understand, this celebration includes a family friendly dog walk around Zearing Park in Princeton; a pet blessing; a K9 unit demonstration by Deputy Chica and her handler, Bureau County Deputy Chad Hall; a doggy bank raffle; pet luminaria sales ; and much more. The first 50 dogs to register get a free bandana.

Registration, which opens at 12:30 p.m., is only $10 for each family and their dogs to participate. The event lasts from 1 to 3 p.m., and there will be plenty of activities for two-legged and four-legged friends. The American Cancer Society will also be collecting supplies for local animal rescue organizations, so everyone who attends is asked to bring a donation of dog or cat food, treats, cleaning supplies, paper towels, blankets, laundry soap, collars, leashes, etc., which will then be given to Bishop’s Small Dog Rescue, Tri-County Humane Society and Friends of Strays.

Don’t want to bring your dog? That’s OK. The event is free to the public, and it’s a great way to have some fun while learning about Relay for Life of Bureau County — an organization that raises funds to battle cancer. Need more information? Contact Tracy Carriere at karategrl@live.com or 815-878-6725.

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Earlier I talked about village festivals. If you are participating in the planning of a village/hometown festival in Bureau County, please let us help you tell our readers about it. Just email your information to news@bcrnews.com. You can also include a photo, which will help draw more attention to your event. Questions? Give me a call at 815-875-4461, ext. 6330. I’ll be happy to help you get started.

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In today’s BCR, you’ll find a story about Hall High School and Princeton High School who are combining their choral concerts for a great cause, Cops 4 Cancer benefit at 7:30 p.m. on April 22 at Hall. This is really a neat collaborative effort, and choral directors from both schools — Brandon Crawford and Brandon Czubachowski — should be applauded for their efforts, as well as the students. So often we heard about sports rivalries, but Bureau County should be proud of the initiative these schools are taking for an admirable cause.

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I saw three farm implements all in the same field the other evening as I was headed home from work. Keep in mind slow-moving equipment might be around the next curve or over the next hill. Please take a few extra minutes on your travels to safely share the road with our local farmers.

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Have a great week.

Take some time for you. Breathe. Exhale. 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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