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Happy Labor Day, dear readers!

Legislated as a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day was begun in New York by labor leader Peter McGuire to honor the American worker. Remember the spirit of Labor Day and make your weekend celebration less work to have fun. Traditionally, Labor Day has become the last hurrah for parties, picnics, barbecues and days at the beach. Though the summer season still retains several weeks to go (officially, Sept. 22 is the first day of autumn) many folks view Labor Day and the beginning of the school year as a transition into autumn. Labor Day is Sept. 3 this year.

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Sept. 2 celebrates VJ (Victory in Japan, 1945) Day ending action in World War II in the Pacific arena. Thank you, veterans.

Saturday morning (Sept. 1), rise and shine for the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, 450 Pennington Ave. Booths set up 9 a.m. to noon.

Back to school sales dominate the television, newspapers and malls. September is National School Success Month, National Open House Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Book donations are being accepted for the Harford County Public Library used book sale at the Havre de Grace branch, 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700 to be held Sept. 8 to 15.

The Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Sept. 4, 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.

Lady luck is smiling! The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets ($1) for a grand prize, 2013 Ford Mustang. The drawing will be Oct. 6. You need not be present to win. Phone St. Patrick's Church, 410-939-2525, for details.

The American Legion Post 47 will host a crab feast Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. at the riverside pavilion, 501 St. John St. The Maryland buffet includes: steamed crabs, crab soup, corn-on-the-cob, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, salads, sauerkraut and baked beans, snacks, beverages, music, games and raffles. For tickets ($40), call 410-939-0234.

The Havre de Grace Preservation Commission has new blue and white oval signage along the blue line of the 3.5-mile trail through the Havre de Grace Historic District and downtown. Trail hikers may reward themselves with an oval blue and white car decal, "I walked the Lafayette Trail, Havre de Grace, MD" ($2 plus tax) available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. Get yours today!

Guided historic walking tours of Havre de Grace are available ($12 ticket) on the third weekend of the month or by appointment, 410-939-0565. To take the 1 1/2 hour tour, reservations are required – buy tickets also at mainstreethdg.com. Haunted Havre de Grace tours begin in September on weekends, too.

First Fridays will be held in Havre de Grace, Sept. 7, 5 to 9 p.m. The Children's Art Festival, Sept. 8, will run in Tydings Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Patriot Day 5K Fun Walk is Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. To register, contact http://www.quickeventplanner.com/17875-Patriot Day ($25 adults, $15 children under 12 years). Proceeds benefit the Fisher House, "a home away from home" for military families that enables them to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for a service-related illness, disease or injury.

Sept. 9 is the blessing of the Animals and Pet Expo, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Tydings Park. Call 410-939-6105 for booth space.

Happy birthday wishes Bill Smart (Sept. 3). Wedding anniversaries will be celebrated by Allan and Robin Burke (Sept. 6).

Here's the scoop! Let's have our 9th Havre de Grace citywide community yard sale Sept. 15 (raindate Sept. 16). The more, the better. To participate, put out your yard sale items at your residence (or business); no permit needed. Time your sale between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or so. If you wish to go earlier, that's OK; if you wish to stay open later, that's OK, too. And it's free!

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You may advertise as you wish, but I will help with the advertising, too. Phone me, 410-939-6562 and I'll post a list of participants in this column. So far: 238 Smarty Jones Terrace in Bulle Rock and 226 N. Union Ave. in downtown are signed up. The Office of Tourism, 410-939-2100 will also help advertise the community event area-wide (state and county websites; calendar of events) and individual yard sale participants on hdgtourism.com from which a complete list of yard sales may be downloaded. We also publish the list of participants as a flyer available at the tourism office or 226 N. Union Ave., where spaces may be rented for $10 on Sept. 15 (proceeds benefit Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission's Lafayette Trail). The Havre de Grace yard sale is listed in national newspapers Antique Trader and AnitqueWeek.com. Join us!

Restore Church (616 Ontario St., Havre de Grace, 443-243-4537) presents Movies in the Park tonight (Friday) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ("Tangled") and Sept. 7 ("Kung Fu Panda") at Tydings Park. Enjoy also a live DJ, moon bounce, popcorn and drinks, face painting and raffles.

Jerusalem Mill Village, 410-877-3560 (www.jerusalemmill.org) will host the Crawdaddies in a summer concert Sunday 6 p.m. at the village.

Like me, wage earners may wish to celebrate National Payroll Week, the first week of September, which honors the hard work of America's 156 million wage earners, the payroll professionals who pay them and the organizations for which we all work. Together, through the payroll withholding system, employees and employers contribute, collect, deposit and report over $1.7 trillion or 64.2 percent of the annual revenue of the U.S. Treasury. (IRS Databook. Table 1).

Keep me informed 410-939-6562. Happy Labor Day! See ya!

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