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Dear Bay Weekly:     Janice Booth’s appreciation of Elizabeth Ayres’ book Invitation To Wonder: a Journey Through the Seasons (April 7) was just lovely. Made me want to read the book! Again! Kudos to both writers. –Maggie Koehler, Huntingtown
Dear Bay Weekly:     I have a question about The Bay Gardener’s Guide to Spring, published in the March 31 Home and Garden Guide. Under the heading Preparing Garden Soil, Dr. Gouin writes that when preparing the garden bed, “to conserve soil moisture and energy, simply hoe out the weeds or kill them with either horticultural vinegar or Roundup about a week before you intend to plant.”
Dear Bay Weekly:     My Sunday reading routine always begins with The Washington Post Magazine. I go straight to Date Lab and wonder if anyone will find love this week. Or even just give their date a second chance?     Now I have a new reading routine. It’s on Thursday, and it’s Bay Weekly. I go straight to Diana Beechener’s movie reviews and wonder if Diana has seen any movies this week that she likes.     She makes the reviews fun, and she’s made me want to go to the movies again.
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Dear Bay Weekly:     I just wanted to thank you for Diana Beechener’s incredible article on VetDogs [March 24: Working Like a Dog] and on the run April 3. The article, the pictures and everything about it was great, and I’ve already gotten quite a response from it. I appreciate all of your help. –A.D. Schiff, MIDN USN
Dear Bay Weekly:     SUPERB! Both your editorial and the article on libraries were absolutely great.     [March 10: http://bayweekly.com/articles/news/article/magician and http://bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/libraries-are-chesapeake-countrys-town-squares]     Many thanks. –Valerie T. Ahrens, retired librarian; by email
    Buy-local campaigns are common, especially around the holidays, and on the increase. Often organized by chambers of commerce, the idea is to convince consumers to spend their money in their hometowns versus leaving town to shop at big-box retailers. According to an Institute for Local Self-Reliance survey, independent businesses in cities with an active buy-local campaign fared better than those in cities without a push for localism.
Dear Bay Weekly:     It seems that your columnist, Dennis Doyle, is once again using your paper as a forum for his advocacy against commercial fishing and for the Coastal Conservation Association and Maryland Saltwater Sport Fishing Association (week of March 13). It is no secret that both of these groups would like to put commercial watermen out of business so that they can have all the fish for themselves. Thus Doyle’s endorsement of a commercial net ban.
    Dear Bay Weekly:     We all know that the issue of when puzzle solutions should appear has been put to bed, several times. However, as a kind-of speed reader, I'm weekly dismayed as I finish reading the letters and — zip — my eyes stumble onto the crossword answers. How about a compromise? Publish in the same edition as the puzzle, but upside down. Thanks for your consideration. –Gaye Williams, Annapolis
    Dear Bay Weekly:     In May 2009 you published my Bay Reflection, “After the Strawberry Storm.”     Every spring, usually in May, when we would get a strong storm with wind and plenty of rain, my great grandfather Johnny Burns would say, “Well, that was the strawberry storm. Now we can get on with spring.”