Saint Patrick’s Day

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.

Corned Beef Cuts

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.


Visit for Corned Beef Cuts
Visit for Corned Beef Cuts



Daylight Saving Time Cometh

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.

Visit for Daylight Saving Time Cometh
Visit for Daylight Saving Time Cometh



Drivers License Centers Presidents Day Closings

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,


Visit for Drivers License Centers Presidents Day Closings
Visit for Drivers License Centers Presidents Day Closings


Omnibit Of The Day 12-24-13 (Merry Christmas)

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

Omnibit Of The Day 12-23-13 (Merry Christmas)

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.

Annual Christmas Luncheon Dec. 8


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

The church asks that each person attending bring a non-perishable food item for its annual food drive.

Visit for Annual Christmas Luncheon Dec. 8
Visit for Annual Christmas Luncheon Dec. 8
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Thanksgiving History

The First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving was given by the

Continental Congress in 1777 in the temporary capital of York,
Pennsylvania. Samuel Adams created the first draft.  Thanksgiving History

In 1789, George Washington  created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America saying:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.

In 1863 with the Civil War raging, President Abraham Lincoln,
prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale,
proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863. The proclamation, written by Secretary of State William Seward, reads:

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.” Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863

We have been doing it since.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving History