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A Month-Long Vacation: The Well-Deserved Break

Monkeying around at Fort Sewell, Marblehead Ah, September ... what a marvelous month! Halloween goodies are starting to make their way into stores and pumpkin spice everything is on the menu at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. The temperatures are much more comfortable here in Salem, ranging from the upper 70s during the day and mid-50s at night. My garden is just about done. The tomatoes and cucumbers have already been cut down and there's a ton of basil and Thai basil that needs to be picked and processed: dried, frozen, or made into pesto. We're heading out tonight to get some mums for the deck and to do a little grocery shopping. Maybe we'll also score an early pumpkin or two!  The 159 Derby Street History Project I decided to take August for myself. After all, it started off with an unexpected, but pleasant, research project for the Salem Arts Association. I was asked to be part of the ongoing research of the building where the SAA is located and the folks who occupied the

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