“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent in July of 1897 by 8-year-old Manhattan resident,  Virginia O’Hanlon. Below is the full text of her letter and the reply by Sun lead editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church which originally … Read more

Christmas Traditions – Figgy Pudding

Figgy Pudding

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010 American Community Survey, 27 different countries of ancestry have been listed for Crawford County alone. The largest reported populations of ancestry are German (19,177), followed by Irish (6,334), American (6,053), English (4,854), Italian (1,934), Dutch (1,222).  Here we highlight one traditional food that three of the above ancestries … Read more

Christmas Truce of 1914

During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies. Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to … Read more

How to plan a Cookie Swap

Step 1 – Send Invitations Send invitations at least three to four week’s notice to prepare.  Consider a cookie exchange brunch on Sunday or a swap scheduled during the week which might result in a better turnout. Send invitations to no more than 10-15 people.  Along with the invitation,Every Guest Should be asked to…  RSVP … Read more

Traditional Wassail Recipe

Here we  come a-Wassailing. But what does this even mean? An ancient English custom, part of the feasts and revelry of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, which have been revived in Colonial Williamsburg. The master of the English household drank to the health of those present with a bowl of spiced ale, and … Read more

Protecting Our Planet Starts with You

Reduce reuse recycle

BIKE MORE. Drive less. EDUCATE. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources. Volunteer! Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed too! Reduce. REUSE. Recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to … Read more

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

How to Forgive Someone Who Has Wronged You Forgiveness can be challenging, especially when the offending party offers either an insincere apology or nothing at all. However, it’s often the healthiest path forward. A prominent model, put forth by psychologist Robert Enright, delineates four steps of forgiveness. The first is to uncover your anger by … Read more

Home Improvement & Cleaning Ideas for better living

Perhaps during the winter you’ve thought of some projects that could be done around your house. Spring is the perfect time to get started because we’re a bit rested up and warm weather arrives! So here are some ideas. It’s not an exhaustive list, nor a mandatory one! Outside Maintenance & Cleaning Clean and repair … Read more

National Nurse Day

We Salute and Honor Nurses, both Military and Civilian. Brief History of Nursing For centuries, most nursing of the sick had taken place at home and had been the responsibility of families, friends, and respected community members with reputations as effective healers. During epidemics, such as cholera, typhus, and smallpox, men took on active nursing … Read more

Maintaining Your Mental Health Through COVID-19

Mental health during lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact our way of living. Our daily activities look different now as we continue to practice social distancing and limit activities in order to limit exposure and prevent spread of the coronavirus. We are living in an environment of extreme uncertainty and there is not a clearly identifiable end. … Read more