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We learned while visiting Media PA that a year ago, it was recognized as the “First Fair Trade Town in the USA.” Of course, we had to make some purchases at the “Ten Thousand Villages” store. The gifts were received, and became even more important when my niece and grand-niece learned that others would be supported via the purchases. The following week, in a local newspaper an article was spotted that indicated a nearby town had taken steps in order to bring a “Ten Thousand Villages” store to their locale. I’ve scanned the article in Microsoft Word for you to peruse. It outlines the steps that town members took in order to make this happen. May others learn from this small town’s “brainstorm.”

The article had appeared in the Star-Ledger, Friday, July 6, 2007 Edition; pp. 49-50.

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Comment by Powen Shiah on July 18, 2007 at 6:40am
Eleanor, thanks for scanning the article -- I'm glad your niece and grand-niece liked the gifts. It's pretty amazing how the idea to make Media the first Fair Trade town went from idea to reality in such a short time.

By the way, there appear to be extra line breaks in your blog post -- I'm not sure if you can see it as well? It looks like there were "enter" (new lines) inserted throughout your paragraph.
Comment by Eleanor - 'El' on July 18, 2007 at 8:21am
During my recent Edit of the text, I backed spaced each line. Now, the written portion looks better and is easier to read. Guess I shouldn't work on "Posts" when I'm tired. You can't think straight.


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