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Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am

Editor's Note 7/3/14

 Every year around the Fourth of July Springfield celebrates Independents Week by appreciating and patronizing independent, locally owned businesses. There are dozens of reasons to shop Local First, including the one pointed out on page 14 by Bill McMahon, executive director of Local First Springfield. McMahon makes the case that when you buy from locally owned businesses, more of the money stays close to home to benefit the Springfield economy. Another reason is that local business owners are our friends, and we need to support our friends, especially when they’re trying to compete with big-monied big box stores. It’s not easy running a small local business these days. So we urge you to read carefully the Local First Springfield Member Directory inserted in this week’s IT. Then go out and support your friends. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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