SPY’s Community Newsletter
There Is A lot Going On This Saturday!
· Starting at 11 AM, there will be the BIG annual “Parade On Main Street” sponsored by the Welch Museum. We have it on good report that Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with some of their elves, will be making an appearance! There will be free pizza with Santa and The Grinch at the Welch Museum.
Want to participate in the parade? Questions? Call or text Pearl Sipperley at 517-230-6374
· Also at the Museum, the Lakewood Lions Club will be holding one of their FREE “Kidsight Vision Screening” clinics again this year. They will be set-up at the Museum from 11 AM til 1 PM.
· Then, don’t forget that Mapes Furniture will be holding their annual Christmas Open House from 9 AM to 5 PM. There will be several direct selling companies that they have invited to share the day with them-----like Tupperware; Pampered Chef; Norwex; and more. There will be a number of vendor specials and door prizes. Be sure to stop in and check things out!
· Robert & Dianna Overholt made a donation in memory of Amy Rumfield.
· Wayne Simmons made a contribution to the SPY’s Dime Pitch Booth activity.
· Deep Thought of the Week: Remember, if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn’t fit any of your containers.
· Notable Quote: “I’m was so poor growing up, I would rub cologne from magazine inserts on my dress. When people said, ‘Oh you smell good, what is that?’ I’d say, ‘Page 14’.”---Dolly Parton
· That’s Puny Department: Do you know what the unlucky skydiver’s last pun was?----------“Ah chute!”
· Did You Know Section: For a brief time in American history, part of the country celebrated “Franksgiving.” In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to boost the economy by moving Thanksgiving up a week, making extra time for holiday shopping. FDR claimed the move was made at the request of big retailers, and many stores rejoiced at the change. But other institutions fought against it: Smaller retailers, colleges, football officials, the press, and even some turkey sellers protested the date change. Americans had celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November since 1863, following the tradition started by Abraham Lincoln. Thanksgiving wasn’t a fixed date, however, and it was up to each President to choose when to observe the holiday. In 1939, the last Thursday of the month was November 30, and FDR chose to hold Thanksgiving on November 23 instead.
The decision, announced in August 1939, was met with mixed reactions, primarily following party lines. Republican governors wanted to stick with tradition and dubbed the new date “Franksgiving,” while Democrats followed the President. The result was two Thanksgivings that year: Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia celebrated the new date, while 22 states stuck with November 30. Three states — Colorado, Mississippi, and Texas — celebrated both. The earlier date stuck for another two years, even as questions lingered about whether the extended shopping season actually helped retailers. In June 1941, Roosevelt announced without fanfare that Thanksgiving would be held on the fourth (rather than last) Thursday of November, where it has remained ever since.
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