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Thank you, Woolwich Observer, for publishing " My Side of the Dam: The Retrospective 1996-2003". It has been very enjoyable to read the columns written by Allen D. Martin about life in Woolwich Township and area from his perspectives as a husband, father, friend, retired teacher, volunteer firefighter, church member. Whether the readers are long-time residents of Woolwich or new to the area, they are sure to find some insights to the community's story as well as lots of light-hearted humour about life in general. It's a great "coffee table book", easy to read a page or two, and have a smile.

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