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Get fresh produce and more at town market on Tuesdays

The Huntersville Market, sponsored by the town's Parks and Recreation Department, offers locally grown fresh produce, delicious baked goods, jewelry and charming crafts.

The market is at 103 Maxwell St., beside the Caboose, and is open 7 a.m.-noon Tuesdays June 15-Aug. 17. For more information contact Sierra Davis, recreation coordinator, at 704-766-2253 or

sdavis@huntersville.org.

Coming full circle

The other day I was talking to my cousin on my porch, and a familiar face approached. It was my former neighbor, who had moved to St. Louis three years ago.

His son had been my son's best friend in third and fourth grades. Seeing him reminded me how much we missed living across the street from his family. We missed seeing them at the bus stop, having their son come over for video game marathons and sleepovers.

It struck me that even though we had not seen each other for three years, it seemed like yesterday that I saw him wave from across the street. He had taken a job in St. Louis, and they had moved to a posh neighborhood with a country club. I was happy for them, sad for us and sad for my son.

But when my former neighbor showed up, he brought good news. He had just taken a job in downtown Charlotte, and they were moving back. My heart leapt, and I felt excited for my son to get one of his best pals back. They had lost three years of playing Xbox 360, having pizza party sleepovers, going to Bruester's for ice cream. Now they could make up for lost time.

That came on top of news that dear friends we met in Chicago were moving here as well. They had moved to Huntersville in 2000, but by the time we moved here in 2005, they had been transferred to Augusta, Ga.

There is something beautiful and joyful about coming back full circle. What a fantastic summer this will be, having two families we have missed move back! We look forward to catching up and reconnecting. I hope they stay for good this time.

School ending for summer

Some are done, some are in the finals days. For students, the inevitable is that this school year will end in no more than a few days and summer will begin.

Congratulations to graduates of college, high school, middle school, elementary school and preschool. Closing this chapter in your lives means beginning the next. Enjoy your vacations, trips to the beach or Carowinds, lazy days sleeping in, scorching days by the pool, sleepless nights, weekday sleepovers and no homework. Summer is here!

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