Thursday is Thanksgiving Day; it sure seemed like an amazingly fast year. Happy Thanksgiving and be safe if you going over “the fields and through the woods to grandma’s house.” Although, at least so far, we’ve escaped the heaviest snows unlike Buffalo, the driving has been somewhat treacherous and icy. Saturdays freezing rain was something special.
Warmer, almost spring like weather will be around beginning this weekend, according to some other forecasts, then cooler weather again with snow. Hopefully, the weather settles down some for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday making travel less complicated and safer.
Thanksgiving was officially proclaimed a national holiday for the first time by President Abram Lincoln. Lincoln took the action at the constant urging of Sarah Joespha Hale. Following numerous letters and editorials, Lincoln proclaimed the holiday on October 3, 1863. He set the day as the last Thursday of November.
Prior to Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, the only other two national holidays were Independence Day and George Washington’s birthday.
Hale was a noted writer and editor. For fifty years she edited the popular magazine Godey’s Lady Book. The first publication of it’s kind specifically for and about women’s issues.She is also the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb. She used her position and influence to promote Thanksgiving as a national holiday to help re-unite the country after the devastating Civil War.
On the Wild Side
Pennsylvania deer rifle season opens the Monday after Thanksgiving. Hopefully, there will be a little tracking snow left after the Thansgiving week warm -up.
Just a thought about the five to seven foor snowfall in southwestern New York State – That’s a lot of snow by any standards and wonder how wild life in that region is faring?
It will be more pleasant this upcoming week; make sure the bird feeders are filled.
Yard and Garden
The expected mild weather will give a little more time to finish up yard work and finish up some last minute chores. For those who decorate yards for the holiday this might be the best weather week to get it done.
Project Support Our Troops
Project Support are troops is gearing up for the holidays and are currently getting ready to send needed holiday packages to our troops overseas. According to Kim Lengling one item which is really needed is Bag Balm.
“We anticipate shipping 500 boxes this Christmas, with postage costs running at least $6900.00” stated Kim Lengling, Co-Chairperson of Project Support Our Troops. “One thing we would like to special request this year is Bag Balm lotion. With the extreme conditions that our Troops endure in certain areas, Bag Balm is “like Gold over there”.
For more information, details, Lest We Forget
Or call or visit: Kim Lengling
Full Circle Events, LLC
Spartansburg Book Sale
In December, the Spartansburg Educational Foundation is holding a Used Book Sale at the Spartansburg Fire Hall in conjunction with a Gift Wrapping Booth. The Spartansburg Educational Foundation is raising funds for the proposed Charter school the community would like to establish. The group is very active and to keep up to date with events and fund raisers, visit their Facebook page.
Folks may bring their presents to be wrapped while browsing through our huge collection (thousands) of books! Here are the details as follows:
Book Donation Day: Thursday, December 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Books may be dropped off for donation to the book sale during this time at the Spartansburg Fire Hall.
Book Sale Day 1: Friday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Books will be sold at marked prices. The Gift Wrapping project will also begin that day.
Book Sale Day 2: Saturday,December 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Books will be sold at marked prices until NOON. From noon to 3:00 p.m., books will be $1.00 a bag! The Gift Wrapping project will also be going on during that time.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
For more information or to register call 814-763-5269
“Tree Cookie Ornaments”
Monday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., $2.00 materials fee, Limited to first 20 registrants.
“Local History–Cambridge Springs”
Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Last Minute Gift Baskets”
Monday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Limited to first 18 registrants.
“Monday Movie Matinee”
Monday, December 29, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
And Just for the Heck of It
Yams and sweet potatoes have sort of an identity crisis. One if often called the other. In reality, they are two completely separate species. Sweet potatoes are actually related to the morning glory. Yams are not even grown in US. Actually, both yams and sweet poatoes are incorrectly called potatoes. They are not potatoes but rather tubers.