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Welcome to autumn, dear readers!

Acquire your fall harvest of pumpkins and mums at the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, 450 Pennington Ave., Saturdays through October, 9 a.m. to noon.

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First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace is coming tonight (Friday), 5 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the colors of autumn with music, specials and entertainment. In conjunction, the Joseph L. Davis, Post 47, American Legion, 502 St. John St. will host a pavilion party, 5 to 8 p.m., with live music. Look for pit beef, pit ham and pit turkey, steamed shrimp and boardwalk fries on the menu. Yum.

Havre de Grace City sponsored clean-up days are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 410-939-1800 for details at Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane.

Margaret Jones informed me about Saturday's Susquehanna Flats Classic calling contest to be held at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Goose and duck callers will be competing for a spot in the World Calling Contest. Hunting and fishing suppliers and guide services will be selling and displaying their products. For more information, phone Pat, 410-734-6238, or the museum, 410-939-3739, or email: information@decoymuseum.com.

It's spooky! Haunted tours of Havre de Grace run through Nov. 1, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 410-939-1811 to reserve or email: admin@mainstreethdg.com for details. Historical tours continue to be available at 410-939-0565.

The Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107, to anyone in need who enters. Please note that although Grace Place is a fun gathering place and social; its goal is to help people in need who would benefit from a free, hot meal and some freely provided groceries. Resources of Grace Place have been recently over-extended, so please limit attendance to those people in greatest need. Thanks. Otherwise, become a volunteer and help in the serving, delivery and clean-up at Grace Place, contact Louise Silsby, 410-734-6721.

Happy October birthdays: Mike Shaffer, Diane Smith and Mike Favor (Oct. 3).

Oct. 5 is traditionally World Teacher's Day. Thank your child's teacher; share an apple!

This week is National Metric Week and National School Lunch Week. A big thank you to all those folks in our schools who prepare nutritious lunches for our students.

Ever see a pink lighthouse? The Concord Point Lighthouse will glimmer in pink lights for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October.

Ein Prosit! Oct. 6 is German-American Day when we recognize the culture, achievements and contributions of American citizens of German ancestry. Pretzels and beer, anyone?

The Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 20 included more than 45 households, businesses and community organizations participating, with a huge group of shoppers. Did you miss the bargains and pleasant, balmy day? The Office of Tourism will again host community wide yard sales April 25 and Sept. 19, 2015. Plan ahead, to join us for #14 and #15.

Cathy Vincenti reminded me that the Havre de Grace Chamber's bull and oyster roast is Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Havre de Grace Community Center, catered by Fast Eddie's and Bruster's Ice Cream. For tickets, ($50) phone 410-939-3303 or email hdegchamber1@comcast.net.

The 70th Graw Days Festival is Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace. This is a day-long family fun event celebrating the historic period in the city when the Havre de Grace "Graw" Race Track was King (1912-1952) Sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street, the event is free to the public. 410-939-1811 or visit http://www.mainstreethdg.org.

National Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct. 15. This month-long observance honors the histories, cultures and contributions of citizens who share the common language and ancestry of Spanish. Es bueno!

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Stop by the Havre de Grace Visitor Center for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students kindergarten to fifth grades and sixth to 12 grades to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 N. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

October is National Cookie Month. Guests at the B&B stopped at Les Petits Bisous, 100 N. Washington St., 410-652-3889 for a selection of French macaroons. They loved the jewel-like colors in a selection of multiple flavors. Get yours!

Plan your costume! The Havre de Grace Halloween Parade is Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace. Fair warning!

Keep em in touch at 410-939-6562 or by note at 226 N. Union Ave.. See ya!

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