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In and Around Hannibal: Memorial Day

Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1882, but did not become common until after World War I.

Prior to that time, the holiday was called  Decoration Day and was to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers that had fallen during the Civil War.

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those who have died in service to their country. It was originally celebrated on May 30, but in 1968, the Congress changed the date to the fourth Monday in May.   Continue reading

Hodgepodge: Road trippin’ part two, a spot of tea, and squiggly lines

Trip Leftovers

When we left home for our trip to Virginia, we had a box of Hostas from our garden to take to son Craig.

Craig and Penny have many beautiful gardens all around their home in Roanoke, and have sent me home from past visits with many plants from their gardens.

When I gave the Hostas to Craig, he said he was going to share them with his friend, Byron (Bubba to me), for the gardens at his home.  Craig reminded me he is pretty sure that I have some beautiful orchid Irises from Bubba’s mother’s garden growing in my garden.

One last note: I’m not sure how some of those Hostas ended up in my garden in the first place. Is it possible that some of them came from Virginia? Continue reading

Porky and Buddy: Why so many black cats for adoption?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was wasting time on the internet the other day. I was supposed to be researching an article. But you know how one thing leads to another and somehow I ended up looking at the Oswego County Humane Society’s adoptable cats.  

They have a lot of really beautiful cats, but I did notice that many of their older cats are black or mostly black. Why is that?  Are there a lot of black cats in our area?

Jon Continue reading

State Senate Report: It’s farmers’ market season

By state Sen. Patricia Ritchie

More vitamins and minerals, protection against diseases such as heart disease and cancer, a lower number on the scale and freshness that is second to none — these are just some of the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and other foods found at your local farmers’ market.

As summer approaches, farmers’ markets across Central and Northern New York prepare for their season.   Continue reading

View from the Assembly: Honoring Our Veterans

By state Assemblyman Will Barclay 

Memorial Day is a time for family picnics and parades.

More importantly however, it’s also a time we honor our veterans and pay homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. As a state, we can always do more for those who have fought for our freedoms.  To that end, I sponsor and support a number of bills that will improve the lives of our  veterans. Continue reading