By Michael P. Sweeton
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Week of November 23, 2014
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Also, there are reports that the original Thanksgiving proclamation was signed by George Washington.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings" — days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
Today we are overwhelmed by retailers hoping to lure us into their stores in the hunt for what is many times the elusive bargain. Hopefully, we can all try to take the time this Thanksgiving to focus on all that we are grateful for and not so much on our burdens. Our community will, once again, open its heart to the many in need in our town, and we are certainly thankful for that. Enjoy the day with family and friends, experience the charm and warmth of our quaint villages and hamlets, and remember that despite our numerous national problems we still live in the greatest freedom loving nation in the world! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
A reminder that our recycling hauler, County Waste, will collect your recycling the day after the holiday if your pick up day falls on the holiday.
A Public Hearing to make minor corrections to the Town’s Zoning Code, Chapter 164, will be held on December 11, 2014, at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.