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This is a column that I have been thinking about for a long time. With the arrival of spring, it is especially inviting to stroll the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and enjoy your lunch under the shade of trees. The pedestrian mall is a great place to bring out of town guests for a taste of Charlottesville before or after a visit to a local historical site. And it is a wonderful place to meet friends for lunch before a movie or shopping.

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I hung up my spring laundry line the other day. It is not for laundry. It is my current device for dealing with our fluctuations in temperature. In an attempt to get cool weather vegetables with temperatures varying by 30 degrees, I try everything. I planted a flat of broccoli in February which is now producing though it has been frozen and fried. Early in the season, I cover it on frosty nights and later in the season I hang my line over it. Same with spinach and peas.

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The job offer came the same day the news broke that the Fluvanna County School Board voted to cut school funding by more than $2 million.
That made the difficult decision to move a little easier.

Still, it’s hard to say goodbye to such a beautiful place that’s been our home for 10 years. Route 53, with all its curves and hills, intimidated me when we first arrived here from Northern Virginia. Now, cruising past Jefferson Vineyards and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello relaxes me and brings back fond memories. Changing my radio stations in the car will be rough: listening to NPR and my radio friends at 3WV, The Corner, Lite Rock Z95 and News Radio 1070 WINA made my commute enlightening and entertaining.

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