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Datebook: November 24 – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving in North America originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe. The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement. The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. There is also evidence for an earlier celebration on the continent by Spanish explorers in Texas at San Elizario in 1598, as well as thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. The initial thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement.The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish.

It’s Thanksgiving Day, November 24

Pine cones, sweet gum balls, and other natural items are useful for creating unique seasonal decorations. Join the folks at the Nature Station in LBL tomorrow from 2 to 4 to make decorations that will bring nature’s beauty into your home.

December 9 is the deadline for dropping off food items for the Needline Christmas Food Drive for seniors and low-income families in Murray. About 600 baskets with food for 2 meals for one to three people will be distributed December 15 and 17th. Each basket costs about $40, and donations are accepted as well. Need Line is at 638 South 4th.

The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights is happening through January 1st. See over 500,000 lights in Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers. Lights are visible at dark every night.

LBL’s Photo Competition Deadline is next Thursday, December 1. Use the online entry form at friendsoflbl.org to see requirements and upload your photos. The entry fee is $20.

See wkms.org for details. Enjoy a peaceful day!

the morning cram [you see Mr. Peabody, the child is incorrigible edition]

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If your child has ADHD, the last thing you want to hear is there’s a shortage of Adderall.

NPR reports a nationwide shortage of medications like Adderall and Ritalin has parents and doctors scrambling.

Kentucky~ Humane Society director resigns amid animal torture charges. McCracken County-Paducah, there can be only one. A Graves County face off ended peacefully. You must report child abuse in KY. Prepare for the growth of biomass. It’s turkey stuffin’ time.

Illinois~ A former Mounds sheriff has passed away. A bus driver rolled out on the passengers.

morning cram [special deliveries edition]

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“Faced with an $8.5 billion loss, the U.S. Postal Service has been cutting back: slashing hours, combining routes and closing offices. In East Cleveland, Ohio, the city’s only post office has been downsized from nearly 100 employees to just one.”

~ NPR has special memories from a struggling industry.

KENTUCKY ~ Roads are treacherous after Thanksgiving Day weather. Black Friday means beefed-up security in many communities. The flu is here, but the vaccine supply is plentiful.  A Turkey Day car crash at Kenlake State Park kills one, injures another. A soldier’s death may have been suicide. A legislator wants to make state government transparent. Wild horses need homes, and endangered cranes huddle up in Union County.

SPORTS ~ MSU > Stanford

Soldiers Celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

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The following story is courtesy of the Bagram Media Center of Regional Command East in Afghanistan.


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan celebrated Thanksgiving 2010 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Even thousands of miles from home, the Soldiers had many reasons to be thankful.

“We’ve completed nine months of our deployment and we have had a lot of success,” said U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Isbell from Sylacauga, Ala., a squad leader in 2nd Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “The battalion has made a lot of progress at pushing the insurgents out of Ghazni while preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to take up the task on their own.”

The chains of command throughout Task Force Iron Rakkasan scheduled minimal operations and patrols for their Soldiers. Although some patrols were still needed to ensure everyone’s safety, all Soldiers were granted some down time to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and to call home to their families.

The Soldiers across the battalion enjoyed a well-cooked Thanksgiving meal which was prepared by each forward operating base’s team of cooks. The military provided the majority of the turkeys, hams and cranberry sauce, but private donations made the meal memorable. A private radio station, 92.3 FM out of Las Vegas, Nev., donated more than 750 pounds of spices, seasonings and side dishes.

The special meal required special service. Members of the Iron Rakkasan staff as well as leadership from each element located at FOB Andar helped with carving the turkey and serving the Soldiers. Even the Polish Brigade Commanding General Brig. Gen. Andrezej Reudowicz came to help Task Force Iron celebrate Thanksgiving and took a turn carving the turkey.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat from Delaware, Ohio, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson from Lansing, Mich., TF Iron Rakkasan commander and command sergeant major, respectively, circulated to the each company’s FOBs to visit the Soldiers and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

To honor traditional Thanksgiving celebrations, Iron Rakkasans held their annual “Turkey Bowl” football game, pitting the unit’s officers against its noncommissioned officers.

“The opportunity to come together as an organization and play football was a great bonding experience,” said U.S. Army Maj. Kenric Bourne from St. Louis, Mo., 3-187th executive officer. “My view of Thanksgiving is not complete without turkey and football, and I believe this experience gave all who played a small taste of home while here in Afghanistan.”

At the end of the game, the NCOs squeaked out a win over the officers in a very close and toughly contested game. The NCOs were excited to maintain the Turkey Bowl championship title for at least one more year. The officers, however, have already begun planning and training for next year’s rematch.

Written by Angela Hatton

November 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

Datebook – November 23

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It’s Tuesday, November 23.

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church hosts a community holiday dinner Thanksgiving Day from 11 to 1.  The Church is 5 miles west of Benton at the intersection of Wadesboro Road and Highway 58.  There is no charge.

Author Mike Freeland is in Paris at Paris on the Square Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 signing his just released book, Time and the River, which is a companion to the memoir Blood River to Berlin – a World War II combat medic’s experience with the 82nd Airborne Division.

The National Quilt Museum has a new exhibit:  Contemporary Broderie Perse – Persian Embroidery.  Combining collage, fine appliqué, and fine quilting, broderie perse, also known as cut-out chintz appliqué – represents a high point in the art of quiltmaking.  The Museum is at 215 Jefferson near the riverfront in downtown Paducah.  Open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 – Closed Thanksgiving.

Thank you for listening.  See a complete schedule for our Company for the Holidays series of programs beginning Thursday and continuing through New Year’s at wkms.org.

Written by Matt Markgraf

November 23, 2010 at 10:18 am