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Pomp and circumstance in the air

Wow! The weather sure cooperated during the Mother’s Day weekend. I saw many folks having cookouts, shopping for flowers/plants and enjoying the lovely weather at area parks or just taking a stroll in their hometowns.

However you decided to spend and celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you had a great weekend, and I also hope you honored those women in your lives who have made an impact on you and yours.

If other obligations got in the way, though, it’s never to late to let those ladies in your life know how important they are to you. As a matter of fact, we should probably be treating them special every day — not just on Mother’s Day. And I’m not necessarily talking about giving gifts of flowers and candies and greeting cards — perhaps time is the best gift one can give to those they hold most dear. Just a thought.


Well, it’s difficult to believe it’s that time of year already. Pomp and circumstance is clearly in the air, and area schools and their graduates are preparing for that ceremony where diplomas will be presented to those who have completed their college, high school and grade school graduation requirements. We will do our best to cover the high school graduations in the area. Here is a rundown of those schools and their graduation dates/times:

• Bureau Valley — May 21, 3 p.m.

• Crossroads — May 27, 2 p.m.

• DePue — May 19, 8 p.m.

• Hall — May 27, 1 p.m.

• LaMoille — May 19, 7 p.m.

• Ohio — May 20, 7:15 p.m.

• Princeton — May 20, 10 a.m.

• St. Bede — May 21, 2 p.m.

As you plan your graduation gifts, as well as the items needed to pull off your graduation parties, I hope you’ll shop locally. Bureau County has a host of great gifts available, plus there’s no shortage of party supplies either.


Memorial Day is set for Monday, May 29. Thanks to all the folks who have sent us information about their Memorial Day services, so we can pass that information on to our readers. If you haven’t sent us any information, please email all the particulars about your hometown’s Memorial Day services to Please include a telephone number, so we can call you if we have any questions.

Please plan on attending your hometown’s Memorial Day events, and don’t forget to take the kids and grandkids. I think it’s so important for children to be exposed to these services, as they will be the ones to continue these events in the future. I also think it’s important for them to go along with you when you place flowers on your family’s graves. Traditions like these should last forever.

Also, our office will be closed on Memorial Day, however, your newspaper will be delivered on the same schedule. Early deadlines for advertising may apply, so contact your multi-media consultant for information.


Congratulations to all the area high school girls who are headed to the state track meet in Charleston this Thursday. We will be rooting for you.

Boys track and field sectionals are this week, and they’ll be heading to Charleston the following week.

Congratulations are in order to Kamryn Kolb, an eighth-grader at Bureau Valley North, who won the long jump state championship with a meet record of 17-5. Also a round of applause to Bureau Valley North seventh-grader Jayden Michlig, who was the state runner-up in the boys’ discus. Bureau Valley North eighth-grade girls placed fourth as a team with five medals. A host of other medalists from smaller schools in the county deserve our applause as well.

Logan Junior High School in Princeton and John F. Kennedy School in Spring Valley compete this weekend in East Peoria. Good luck to all.


Customer Service Kudos: Do you know an individual or a business that delivers great customer service? If so, send me an email at, so I can let other readers know about your positive experience. Following are a couple of Kudos I recently received:

• Betty said, “The customer service at Sullivan’s Foods (in Princeton) is exceptional, especially the people who are stocking shelves, who don’t mind leaving what they’re doing to help me find an item.”

• Carol Ann said, “My kudos go to the staff at St. Margaret’s Family Health Center (in Princeton). Everybody there is so nice, and I always feel like they have my best interest at heart.”


It’s getting to be that time of year when there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Lots of activities and many people/events are requiring our attention. Try to schedule some time for yourself — write it on your calendar just like you’d do for other appointments. It’s important to take time for ourselves as well as those we love. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

BCR Editor Terri Simon can be reached at

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