Havre de Grace: Happy Thanksgiving, HdG, have a wonderful day

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers,

Happy Turkey Day, too! I pray that your Thanksgiving celebration is a delightful affair and one for which you have much to be thankful. To all you travelers or folks who have family and friends who will be traveling, safe trips to all!

Today, Nov. 16 is the International Day of Tolerance.

Since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, it may come as no surprise that today (Friday) is the Great American Smoke Out Day.

Birthday cakes in the shape of turkeys are in order for: Laura Hahn (Nov. 1); Ryan Anthony Hopps (Nov. 2); Staci Carpenter and Hanna Lynch (Nov. 12); Ralph Redding (Nov. 13); Joey Immel (Nov. 16); Jennifer McCutheon (Nov. 18); David Dawson and Jerry Gatto (Nov. 19); Donna Fisher, Elizabeth Martin and Sarah Belbot (Nov. 20); Sarah Ingalls-Howard (Nov. 21); Ana Marie Smith, Charlotte Gregory and Julie Ducharme (Nov. 22); Ann Lohsen, and fellow columnist Joanne Bierly (Nov. 23); and Perry Shaffer (Nov. 24).

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot luncheon Nov. 20 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107. Volunteers will serve the regular Tuesday lunch to those in need.

Join the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St. for Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. with made to order pizzas for $5 to $7 each. Wing nights are sponsored on Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. For details, phone Chris Heintz at the legion, 410-939-0234.

The Susquehanna Ministerium will hold a Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical worship Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2464.

Happy November anniversaries – Neil and Heather Willoughby (Nov. 11); and Steve and Ruby Anne Saltzgiver (Nov. 16).

Mary Boehly informed me that the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's Graw Days ceramic horse medallions (Christmas ornaments) are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for purchase. The 2012 medallion features "War Admiral" for $10. Past medallions are $15 each.

Additionally, look for the raffle of the Havre de Grace police child's pedal car. Tickets are $5, available at the visitor center, to benefit the activities of the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. The drawing is Dec. 7.

Feel the chill! The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House will conduct a historic nature walk on the North Park Trail Saturday at 10 a.m. Meet at the lockhouse for this free, one hour, informative tour. Phone 410-939-5780, email lockhouse@gmail.com or visit http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.

Plan on First Fridays "Light up the Night" Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade in Havre de Grace Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Aberdeen will host "What Christmas means to me" Christmas events and parade 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address Nov. 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., during the Civil War. It is hailed as one of the greatest speeches in U.S. history.

Cub Scout Pack 967 and Boy Scout Troop 967 sponsored by the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church invites boys to join Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church, 101 S. Union Ave. For information, contact Cubmaster Clark Old, 410-939-6488.

A very sad note is that Nov. 22, 1963 was the date President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade through Dallas' Dealey Plaza. Are you old enough to remember it? I sure do.

Sandy Lilly wrote me about the Holiday Craft Festival Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Havre de Grace High School gymnasium, 700 Congress Ave., sponsored by the music department. Join in for fun, music, food and shopping for unique handmade gifts. Hear their award-winning jazz ensemble and feast on pit beef and pit ham sandwiches prepared by the Susquehanna Hose Company. Free. For information, 443-752-1589.

"Steel Magnolias" canceled by Hurricane Sandy, will be rescheduled Dec. 14 and 15 by the Havre de Grace Drama Guild.

November is Native American (Indian) Heritage Month. North American Indian Tribes have had an important influence upon the world's cuisines. Experts say that an incredible 60 percent of the foods eaten around the globe was derived from plants originally domesticated by Native Americans including – tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, corn, pumpkins, squash, pineapples, peanuts and cacao beans.

Tribes people developed a strong working knowledge of herbal medicines. For example, they treated minor aches with a substance in willow bark; later, found to be salicylic acid, a main ingredient in aspirin.

Stephen A . Runkle, with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, recently compiled a report listing the meanings of Native American names for more than 300 waterbodies and places in the region. They include such local sites as: Chesapeake Bay stems from an Algonquian word meaning "great shellfish bay;" Susquehanna is from the Delaware tribes (also called Lenni-Lenape) for the "long reach river," "muddy river" or "winding river;" Juniata is from the Seneca tribes for a "projecting rock" or "standing stone," a reference to a geologic formation near Huntingdon, Pa., where several Native American trails intersected. Runkle's full document is available on the SRBC's website, http://www.srbc.net/nativeamerican.htm.

Thanks readers! Contact me at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave.

See ya!

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