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The only thing that could keep me cooped up inside the house with such exquisite weather outside is the writing of this, my weekly missive to you, Dear Readers. I hope you’re spending as much time out there as possible.

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Eagle-eyed reader and prolific marathoner Gregory Hunter alerted the Star to some errors in last week’s story about the Napa Valley Marathon. The corrections will be outlined elsewhere in the paper, but I found it worth noting that Gregory has competed in 121 marathons, including 25 consecutive Napa Valley Marathons and 23 consecutive Boston Marathons. “God willing I will maintain my streaks for years to come!” Gregory says. To the best of his knowledge, the only runners who have competed in more Napa Valley Marathons are Steve Radigan, Harry Cadelago, Darryl Beardall and Tony Rossmann.

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From marathons to hikes: The Angwin Reporter’s Duane Cronk sends word of Bruce and Janet Ivey, who are quickly becoming connoisseurs of local hikes. “In recent years they have been leading hikes sponsored by the Land Trust of Napa County,” Duane writes. They’ve hiked Blue Ridge, Zim Zim Falls, Aetna Springs to Duff Peak, Wildlake to Calistoga, Turks Head, Long Canyon/Foley Creek, and of course Linda Falls in Angwin. Both used to work for Pacific Union College, where Janet was administrative assistant to the president and Bruce taught physics and computer science.

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Lolo’s is holding a pop-up sale, with all proceeds benefiting Napa Planned Parenthood, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Look for more than 300 items, mostly women’s apparel, priced at only $2 apiece. As anyone possessing the slightest familiarity with St. Helena knows, Lolo’s is at 1120 Main St. next to the 76 station.

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Grab your calendar, fetch a fat red marker and scrawl “Give Big!” on March 24. That’s when local kids and parents are hoping you’ll donate $24 (or more) to be split among the parent groups for the four schools in the St. Helena Unified School District and the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation. I’m sure you’ll read a lot more in next week’s Star, but for now visit GiveBigStHelena.org, where the donation ticker is already up to $67,927.24 (as of 11:23 a.m. Monday).

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In the “Signs of the Times” file: I’m told that postcard sales at the St. Helena Post Office, which are usually next to nil, have gone through the roof. It has to do with the “Ides of Trump,” a movement in which anti-Trump activists aim to deluge Trump with a record-setting 1 million critical postcards on March 15 (the Ides of March, as you Shakespeare fans know). I can’t help but wonder how many he’ll read …

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