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
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
By Julia Ludington
Today is the second day of our NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organization Festival.
Good luck to our music groups who are performing some of their most challenging pieces in front of judges today. Make us proud. Continue reading
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
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
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
By Leon Archer
Even though I got back home on the 10th, the conditions seem like it should be a couple weeks earlier.
It looks like the lilacs are going to be in perfect bloom for Memorial Day. Most of them are usually past their peak by then in a normal year. Continue reading