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GREENFIELD – It’s not often the locals get to sing “Happy Birthday” to their town’s poet laureate, especially when he’s 163 years old.

But an ardent group of well-wishers braved an unseasonably cool Sunday afternoon and crowded the sidewalk in front of the James Whitcomb Riley Old Home and Museum to sing and share cake with Greenfield’s literary father as part of this year’s Riley Festival.

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