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November 28, 2013 by Mary Malloy Bramstedt | No Comments

Our founding father and first president, George Washington, proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a special holiday in 1789. As a new republic, President Washington wished the new nation all the blessings possible by giving thanks to God.

Happy Thanksgiving and Weekend

Our founding father and first president, George Washington, proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a special holiday in 1789. As a new republic, President Washington wished the new nation all the blessings possible by giving thanks to God.

Of course, we all remember the hardships endured by the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock on Dec. 11, 1620. They signed the Mayflower Compact prior to debarking (American’s first document of civil government and the first to conceive of self-government) as they relied on Divine Providence. informs us that a year later after half the population died of starvation and the harsh winter elements the next spring with strong prayer and help from local Indians, a huge harvest was reaped and the grateful Pilgrims then declared a three-day feast, starting on Dec. 13, 1621, to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends.

While this was not the first Thanksgiving in America (Thanksgiving services were held in Virginia as early as 1607), it was America’s first Thanksgiving Festival.

By the way, Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving in these words:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling [bird hunting] so that we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as served the company almost a week Many of the Indians [came] amongst us and their greatest King, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE FAR FROM WANT.”

Thought you would like to know. Enjoy this very wonderful annual gift of thanks with family and friends.

Christmas in Century Village

Geauga County Historical Society presents Christmas in Century Village Museum in Burton.

You are invited to experience an old-fashion 1840s Christmas in our Hitchcock House. This free event (donations are welcome) is on Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.; Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

View an old fashion Christmas tree with home-made ornaments. Come see a family friendly puppet theatre where little ones can stage original plays. The outside of the village is decorated for the season. There will be a sleigh available for photo opportunities.

For more information on this free event, call 440-834-1492.

GEL Breakfast to Feature John Bonner

Carol Gardner informs me the December Geauga Economic Leadership Breakfast will be a joint venture with Geauga Growth Partnership and Kent State University Geauga to host the Entrepreneur Success Breakfast featuring local entrepreneur and nationally recognized owner of Great Lakes Growers, John Bonner of Burton.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program will end around 9 a.m.

RSVP Carol by calling her at 440-834-3755 or via email at

Kent Geauga is at 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton, next to the fairgrounds.

Holiday Boutique, Auction

From 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4, you can check out the boutique at First Step Preschool.

The fundraiser for the school will take place at St. Luke’s Church, 11519 Wilson Mills Road.

Come on; come all and have lots of fun and you view the great items up for grabs just for you.

Chinese raffle tickets will be sold at the door and you can place your silent auction bids as you shop around. Some local vendors include 31 gifts, Scentsy Flameless Candles, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Usborne Books, Discovery Toys, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Art on the Side Studio, Arbonne, Maddie B’s Hair Bows, Hope Candles, and wine charms by Heidi.

Call Regina Colombi at 440-749-9299 or Jackie Skotzke at 440-487-8826 for details.

Social Security Planning Workshop

What baby boomers need to know to maximize retirement income — just for you. First Investors, a Foresters Company, will present a free program on Social Security on Dec. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at Dino’s Restaurant at 4145 Chillicothe Road in Willoughby.

Call Paul Combs at 800-351-0144 ext. 207 for details.

Dorothy’s Porch Free Giveaway

Celebration Lutheran Church, located across from eCheck in Chardon, at 10621 Auburn Road, will open its doors for a fantastic giveaway of clothes, furniture, dishes, knickknacks and so much more.

Check the banner in front of the church for hours of the giveaway on Dec. 5, 6 and 7.

Comment for The Day

Happy blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours. Happy birthday to Natalie Sykora who turned 98 last Monday. We sang “Happy Birthday” to her at the 50+ Club at St. Mary’s.

I believe my dear friend Helen Wilson’s adult children Dawn and Stephen have birthdays the first week of December.
Happy birthday wishes to all and wishes for many, many more to come!

The Christmas Candle is Here

I received the following flyer but note only certain cities will view this special film.

“As you make your plans this weekend, I hope you’ll find time to take your family and friends to see this beautiful movie — one that I believe will become a Christmas classic we treasure for years to come.

“The Christmas Candle is scheduled to be shown in certain theaters in Ohio. It is recommended that you confirm directly with the theater before making final plans. A big opening weekend is important, so I hope that you’ll go and encourage others to do the same.”

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