It’s that time of year again. We are beginning to get phone calls: When is the Summer Fiction Issue coming out? When and where is the authors’ reception and poetry reading going to be? And, the most pressing question of all, is my story or poem being published?

The first questions are easy to answer. The issue will be published Wednesday, July 27. The reception will be Thursday, August 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road. It’s free and all literary-minded people are invited.

The last question is more difficult. We labor up until the end of the publication cycle to squeeze as many stories and poems as we can into that July 27 issue. So we don’t know the final list until a few hours before press time. So writers and poets, remember: “Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in woman, Never found in man.”

#b#To the Editor: Jazzercise & U.S. 1#/b#

It is amazing to reflect on the growth of both U.S. 1 and my Jazzercise business since Jamie Saxon first wrote about me in 1987. I want to thank you for your outstanding coverage of my business in 1987 and most recently for my 30th anniversary (U.S. 1, June 8). Also, thank you for choosing my Jazzercise class photo for the cover of your exciting and informative 2011 Health and Fitness Directory. Once again, you provide a much needed and appreciated service to our community.

In 1987 I had the opportunity to help about 100 individuals with their health through Jazzercise. Today it is well over 300 and growing and with the outstanding newspaper you publish, I would have to believe your growth is comparable or more. It is a good feeling to think that in this great country of ours the free enterprise system still works. Thanks again and keep on printing (and exercising)!

Mary Jane Brady, Certified Jazzercise Instructor

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#b#Common Errors#/b#

In “The Secret Stories the American Flag Tells” by Ilene Dube (cover story, June 29) the Smithsonian Institution is incorrectly referred to as the Smithsonian Institute. I see (and hear) this mistake all the time, and I now hope that the Princeton area will get it right in the future.

Jane Grigger

We appreciate the correction from the writer, who is a science teacher at Princeton Day School. We will add this reminder to our mental blackboard that tells us that the correct name of the esteemed academic organization is the Institute for Advanced Study (singular) and that the former name of the government research facility on Bunn Drive is the Institute for Defense Analyses (plural).

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