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It's April, dear readers!

April is Young People's Poetry Month, Multicultural Communication Month, Autism Awareness Month, Archaeology Month and the Month of Mathematics Education. Traditionally, April brings us showers to produce May flowers. We'll see.

The Knights of Columbus will host a Spring Fling buffet dinner April 6 from 5-10 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church Hall on Pennington Avenue. Beer and wine available. Tickets are $25; children under 12 get in for $10, call 410-939-2525 (the church office) or buy at the door.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal April 9 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church at 114 North Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will provide the luncheon to anyone who enters in need.

Brigitte Peters and the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism are pleased with the new 2013 Destination Guide and Calendar of Events for the Havre de Grace Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (May 3, 1813 British attack upon Havre de Grace). Also available is a breakdown calendar for May 3-5, the commemoration weekend. Copies are available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue, 410-939-2100 or visit Also check the Facebook page "Explore Havre de Grace."

Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stripes/15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.

It's not too early to collect those items for the community yard sale, April 27 (rain date April 28). Notice is already advertised about the event even in East Coast newspapers. Antique week and Antique Trader. Spaces are available for $10. Contact me for details, 410-939-6562, or the visitor center, 410-939-2100, to be listed as a participant (no fee). Come on downtown businesses, Bayside Antiques, 230-232 North Washington St. is participating, won't you? Also downtown, 226 North Union Ave., 567 Green St., 463 Commerce St. Bulle Rock has 21 residences already participating with a list to come.

The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students K-5th grade/grades 6-12 to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are available now at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100. A great family project!

Be a part of history-come join the "volunteer militia," May 3-5, to help with the War of 1812 commemorative weekend. All volunteers receive an event t-shirt. Training to be provided. Email or phone the tourism office 410-939-2100, by April 15.

Oops! I always try to have my facts in order before printing anything. Teaching history and geography, as I still do, taught me that. Still I appreciate the phone call from a reader who questioned the location of Patrick Henry's "give me liberty" speech, delivered March 25, 1775 before the Virginia Convention. The convention met at St. John's Church in Richmond, not the Capitol in Williamsburg. Now, you and I know.

All my Scottish readers will be celebrating National Tartan Day, Saturday, April 6. Passed unanimously by Congress (that may be hard to believe) March 20, 1988, the resolution established National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions that Americans of Scottish ancestry have made.

Another bargain meal splurge! The Boy Scout Troop 967 spaghetti dinner and bake sale will be April 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, Congress and Union avenues, Adults $7, seniors $6, children $4. Eat in or carry out.

Cathy Vincenti let me know the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held April 11, 11:30 a.m. at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40. Attendees will "meet the candidates" for Havre de Grace offices. To reserve a seat, phone 410-939-3303 or email

The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House reopens April 13, 1-5 p.m. for the season. Free admission. Contact 410-939-5780; email or

Guided historical walking tours begin April 6 (and every Saturday through October 26), 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walking tour through tree-lined streets. Tickets available online: or phone 410-939-1811 or 410-939-0565. Email:

It's Surf and Turf Night, April 6, 5:30-7 p.m. at the VFW Weedon-Elliott Post 8126, 300 North Lodge Lane, Havre de Grace. Tickets are $20. Call 410-939-4578.

American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St., Havre de Grace, hosts chicken and ribs night with live music, April 20, 6-10 p.m. tickets available for $15 by calling Josh, 410-939-0234.

I do not recommend sending me a fax and/or email. The fax machine eats announcements sometimes. It was probably yours. I delete emails from unknowns, sorry. Mail your news or drop it at 226 North Union Avenue or phone 410-939-6562. Thank you. See ya!

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