Spring 2014 Starts Now — It is 12:57 EDT, March 20, which means the vernal equinox is now which means Spring has started.
The word equinox is Latin words for “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west, explains The Old Farmers Almanac. At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun.
Spring 2014 Starts Now
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Springfield Pa., March 15, 2014
Saint Patrick was a rich Brit born in 390 and kidnapped at age 16
where he was taken to Ireland to work as a sheep-herding slave.
While in the Emerald Isle he had a religious experience, converted to Christianity and was directed by a voice to escape, which he did catching a ride on a pirate ship back to Britain. In Patrick’s absence, Britain had been deserted by the Romans after a 400-year occupation.
Patrick was reunited with his family and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained, then returned to Ireland to begin converting the natives.
That was not easy. He was constantly beaten by members of populace, bothered by the Irish royalty, and lectured by his ecclesiastic bosses in Britain.
Despite this, his perseverance bore fruit and today the three-leafed shamrock is the nation’s symbol as it is said to have been used by Patrick to explain how the three persons of the Trinity can be one.
Patrick died on March 17, 461, which gives us the day we celebrate his life.
The parties and parades, of course, are an American creation are more likely to happen on the weekend preceding the day itself.
With St. Patrick’s Day arriving Monday the topic of which cut of brisket to use for corned beef is one that most certainly must be addressed.
The point cut is fattier and usually cheaper.
The flat cut is leaner.
The flat cut makes better slices. The point cut makes for better shredding, some think.
We are glad to have been of assistance with this most pressing matter.
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It’s time to spring forward.
At 2 a.m., tomorrow, March 9, Daylight Saving Time starts so move the timepieces ahead an hour if they are not already programmed to do so.
It ends Nov. 2.
Of course, as spring does not start until 12:57 p.m., March 20, the nights remain longer than days regardless of what government dictates.
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About 8 billion Valentine’s Day candy hearts will be produced this year. That’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced all driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.
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To quote Sen. Pat Toomey, today in 1809, one of our greatest presidents was born in a tiny log cabin. Happy birthday Mr. Lincoln. And thank you.
December 24 2013 Omnibit Trivia by William W. Lawrence Sr.
Henry Cole, a popular London museum director in the mid-19th century used to send short notes to his friends every Christmas. In 1843, he became extremely busy, so he asked John C. Horsely, an artist friend, to design a card saying “A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to You.” And so, Cole invented the Christmas Card.
Henry Cole invented Christmas Card
December 23 2013 Omnibit Trivia by William W. Lawrence Sr.
There ought to be snow in Salt Lake City, Utah for Christmas. The beautiful metropolis gets 17 inches more of the white stuff a year than Fairbanks, Alaska — on average that is.
Archbishop Stefan Soroka at a previous Christmas luncheon at Saints Peter and Paul Church.
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 100 S. Penn St., Clifton Heights, Pa., 19018, will have its traditional Slavic Christmas Luncheon, noon, Sunday, Dec. 8.
Featured will be traditional Slavic culinary delights such as kielbasa. pierogies (homemade), sauerkraut and other traditional foods including a table full of homemade desserts.
As has become the custom, expect a large variety of door prizes.
Cost is $15 for adults; and $8 for children 7 to 12. Those under seven eat free.
The event is popular and seating is limited. To make a reservation call Kathy at 610-328-4731 before Dec. 2 or email SsPeterandPaul@verizon.net
The church asks that each person attending bring a non-perishable food item for its annual food drive.
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