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By Neena Strichart

Today is the kick-off for our 16th Annual Sweetheart Sweepstakes. With this promotion, our readers cut out entry coupons that appear during the next two weeks in the Signal Tribune and take them to any or all of the 24 participating advertisers to enter the drawings for our fantastic prize packages. Check out pages 10 and 11 for entry coupons, rules and prize list.
This year’s prizes are pretty amazing, and I find it heartwarming that so many businesses chose to participate by donating such generous prizes. I still can’t believe we were able to put together such a fine array of prizes.
This year’s promotion will run today and next Friday. The last chance to enter will be Tuesday, Feb. 15 at noon. After that time, our staff members will pick up all the entry boxes. Once we have them in our hot little hands, we will count the entries, mix ’em up, draw the winners and then contact those lucky folks by telephone. The winners’ names will appear in our Feb. 18 issue.
The point of the Sweetheart Sweepstakes is to encourage our readers to patronize local businesses. By cutting out and then dropping off the coupons in the “specially marked pink buckets” at participating businesses, it gives our readers an opportunity to visit the participating advertisers and familiarize themselves with those merchants’ goods or services. Our intention is to give our readers a fun reason to visit some local shops or restaurants they’ve missed out on in the past.
Keep in mind that there are rules. You cannot enter by mail, fax or email; and don’t just drop your entry through the mail slot— it will be thrown away. You must go inside the business and drop your entry blank into the specially marked pink bucket.
Also, you may only enter once a day at each business. Do remember to put the right coupon in the right box, or you’ll be disqualified! And, by the way, take the time to shop or eat while you’re there. Who knows, you may just discover your new favorite shop or restaurant!
A big thanks goes out to all the folks who so generously donated for our contest. We appreciate your participation. Many of you have donated for all 16 years— you’re the greatest!
So, my dear readers, with a total of 13 prize packages in all, the odds are in your favor…so enter, and enter often. If you don’t enter, you can’t win!

Ed. Note: To Mother, my husband Steve and staff of the Signal Tribune — NO, for the 16th time, you cannot enter. So stop asking!

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