Several months ago, I wrote about the Advocate Value Card we’ve been developing.

Well, it’s right here at the center of this month’s issue.

Flip to those pages, and you’ll find everything you need to start saving money or earning great perks at more than 50 neighborhood businesses and service providers.

Please take the time to bend and peel the card from our pages, and place it in your car or your wallet or on the refrigerator where it will be handy. And start looking for window-signs, cash-register decals and table-tents indicating which neighborhood businesses are participating in this program.

Since this is a yearlong (and, we hope, annual) program, we’re not through adding new businesses to our growing list.

In addition to patronizing the participating businesses, here’s how you can help us make the Value Card a success: Mail, fax or email us the name, address and telephone number of a business you’d like to see participating in the Value Card program, and we’ll mail you an Advocate T-shirt or cap (your choice) if the business agrees to become a Value Card participant. And we’ll also enter you in a year-end drawing for a $250 U.S. Savings Bond.

As one of my old high school friends used to say: You can’t beat that with a stick.

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