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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch and Citizens:

I arrived here Aug. 11 for a work assignment and you have made my stay very enjoyable. My colleagues who stayed in Chandler didn't understand why I would stay here. Initially, it was for a shorter commute, but I know all towns have their good sides.

And Casa Grande did not disappoint. I enjoyed walking the downtown area in my sundown walks, dining at BeDillon's, but also dining at the numerous Mexican restaurants or buying street tacos from the man at Florence and Pinal near the Holiday Inn. The Museum of Casa Grande is fabulous, as is the Neon Sign Park. I am sorry the art museum did not open before my departure. Your artistic and community support for your fellow human being is visible everywhere. And wonderful city parks (I jogged at the new Carr McNatt Park today).

Thanks to Al at the Airport Tavern for chatting with me and making me welcome among his friends. Thanks to the woman who spearheaded the BowWow Meow Thrift Shop and all the volunteers who "work" there. Didn't make the Western Trading Post auction but enjoyed browsing the shop and being educated about horsehair pottery. At the High Mane'Tenance Salon I walked in and had a most becoming haircut, and thanks to the recent letter that told me where I could take my recyclables.

Lastly, thanks to the Casa Grande Dispatch for still publishing away. Through you I learned of Friday night music at the Airport Tavern, of the Superior Cactus Pear Festival, the monthly farmers market, the opening of the revamped park, the local Democrats' meeting, skydiving in Eloy and other interesting information that enabled me to be a part of your community, albeit for a short spell.

As an avid newspaper reader it grieves me that fewer and fewer read one. Yet, what would my eight weeks have been like without you keeping me informed? Keep up the good work. And thanks, Casa Grande.

Leslie Kingsley

Washington, D.C.

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