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Say it with asphalt; Mayor Schaefer's pothole valentines
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Audrey Eastman, above, stamps a red heart over a newly filled pothole in front of her home in the 2800 block of Guilford Ave. Mrs. Eastman was the first person to participate in the city’s new program to turn filling a pothole into an act of love. The $10 road repair was a valentine to Mrs. Eastman’s husband, Donald. (Ellis J. Malashuk, Baltimore Sun photo, 1983)

Well, they can’t all be winners.

Mayor Schaefer’s pothole-valentine program may not rank among his top 10,000 best ideas for improving civic life.

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Some happy, and rough, daffodil days in Baltimore
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Daffodils in bloom on Rash Field. (George Cook, Baltimore Sun, March 28, 1980)

Daffodils, last we looked, were still flopping their happy little heads all over Baltimore, in the neighborhoods, on the exit ramps and in the little strips of green in front of office buildings.

Daffodils are abundant around Baltimore in the spring, but they used to be even more plentiful. 

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This Day in History: April 16

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In 1982, Mayor William Donald Schaefer unveiled his latest Baltimore sign, a 41-foot pylon near Russell Street. During his administration, Schaefer placed a variety of signs throughout the city in order to revamp Baltimore’s image. (Walter M. McCardell, Baltimore Sun photo, 1982)

1789: President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.

1889: Actor Charlie Chaplin was born in London.

1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

1935: The radio comedy program “Fibber McGee and Molly” premiered on the NBC Blue Network.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.