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Posted on October 20, 2014 - 16:41:00

I love fall. The cool, crisp air ... the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet ... the smell of the season ... I could literally go on and on ...

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon ... with a rake in hand, the pile of leaves was just the tip of the iceberg soon to come. I have more than 100 trees in my yard — most which have leaves, although the new rule is that we can’t buy any more trees unless they are pines, firs, hemlocks or something that doesn’t shed its leaves in the fall. Anyway, every year the colors of fall always make me pause and look at life with the vibrancy of the colorful season ... until I pick up the rake or the leaf blower ... when the “beauty of fall” takes on a whole different meaning. Ugh!

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I hope you are planning to attend our Voters Forum this evening, Tuesday, set for 7 p.m. at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. The event features a forum for the two candidates running for Bureau County Treasurer — Rick Wilkin and Courtney Yates-Mabry, as well as the two candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring for the Bureau County Sheriff’s race — Allan Beaber and Jim Reed.

Our editorial department has formulated questions for each race. We will not accept questions from the crowd. Each candidate will be given a time for opening remarks and closing remarks, plus time to answer each question and then additional time to add any further comments on the question. If you’ve attended our previous forums, the format will be the same.

Our Voters Forum is an opportunity for each candidate to share their story and give you information on their views, their goals and why they want to hold the county office. If you are unsure about who should get your vote, this event is for you; and even if you already know who you are voting for, this is a wonderful opportunity to become reacquainted with your candidate and understand their approach/goals to these important county offices.

I hope to see you there.

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If you haven’t already heard, our Women of Distinction Awards luncheon was so much fun. Not only did we honor our six Women of Distinction for 2014 — Donna Barker, Michelle Brady, Pam Lange, Mary Lanham, Eleanor Walker and Carole Yandel, but we also honored all women in the Illinois Valley and the commitment they have made to making our area a better place to live.

Our keynote speaker, Kathy O’Malley, gave a wonderful speech on the importance of girlfriends — offering a variety of inspirational messages that touched the crowd. We had a ton of door prizes, great food at the Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby, plenty of time for networking and conversation ... it was just a lovely afternoon. Thanks to all who came, and thanks again to everyone who nominated someone for this honor.

In late Spring 2015, we’ll be calling for nominations for our next Women of Distinction Awards, so start thinking now about who you’d like to nominate.

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Just a reminder: If your organization is holding a special event, please feel free to take photos and submit them to the Bureau County Republican at news@bcrnews.com. As much as we’d like to attend every event, we just don’t have the resources to do so, so you can really help us out by submitting photos, press releases, etc. Whether it’s a church activity, a school event, etc., we’ll be happy to publish your special event, before and after it happens. Give us a call if you have questions.

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Have you taken that fall drive yet? It won’t be long before Mother Nature and Jack Frost enter our world, so do it while you can. Have a great week. Take time for you and those you love, 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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