First place: Linda Murphy, The Herald News

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Oh, how I loved all of these features. What sets them apart are attention to detail. Who would have thought to describe the veteran before he went off to war decades ago? Nice touch.

Second place: Diane Turbyfill, The Gaston Gazette

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Interesting topics in the hands of a fine writer. I loved every one of them, but I was partial to Sassy the Dog.

Third place: Marc Larocque, Taunton Daily Gazette

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Solid, engaging features across the board.