Dave Cicchesi, kneeling, waited for the day after Thanksgiving to set up a display of inflatable Christmas decorations on the front lawn of his Key Rock Road home. While Mr Cicchesi was busy anchoring a penguin playing with a snowman’s head, his friend Norm Laneuville was trying to get the penguin to stay upright. While many others were out trying to take advantage of Black Friday deals on November 27 the two men, both drivers for All-Star Transportation in Newtown, were enjoying the warm temperatures on their holiday. They had already succeeded in getting a candy cane archway with playful elves, in the background, and a motorcycle riding Santa, in the foreground, into place. A few more inflatables were expected to be added before the men were done. Mr Cicchesi expected the display would be enjoyed by his son, as well as plenty of passersby on the busy road in front of his home.
The 2015 Tag-A-Gift program kicked off Monday, November 23, with the decorating of a tree in the lobby of Edmond Town Hall. Tag-A-Gift is a collaboration of the Newtown Junior Women’s Club and Golden Opportunities to provide holiday gifts for less fortunate children and senior citizens in town. NJWC coordinates the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for children, and this year for elderly residents, too, as part of the larger Holiday Basket drive led by The Newtown Fund. Residents are invited to take a tag and fulfill the wishes for that child or elderly person, then return the unwrapped, new present(s) and tag to the location where they selected the tag, no later than December 9 for children, or December 18 for senior citizens.
There are always many reasons to give thanks this time of the year. Newtown resident Fred Ferris has been grateful, the past two Thanksgivings, for the gift of dialysis. “I was always grateful for dialysis, because it allowed me to live,” Mr Ferris said. Diagnosed in 2010 with stage four kidney disease, related to type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and on the national list for a kidney transplant since 2013, he thought then that he was “in for the long haul.” That wait, which he said, on average, is more than three years for the more than 100,000 people in the United States in need of a kidney transplant, came to an end Tuesday, November 10, when a Manchester woman underwent surgery, donating a healthy kidney to Mr Ferris.
At first it was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that lured us to NBC on the holiday morning. Then in 2002 the National Dog Show Presented by Purina premiered — a modern television treatment of a traditional sporting event starring purebred dogs. The cast of canines includes more than 1,700 dogs who vied for that best of breed win to make it to the broadcast. I won’t be a spoiler and tell you who won Best In Show since the show was taped two weeks ago, but I will tell you that new this year will be the charming commentary from Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir as reporters and digital contributors. And speaking of digital, Purina is inviting dog owners to log on to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and share why they are so thankful for their dog this Thanksgiving season. For every post through November 29 that includes @Purina and #dogthanking, Purina will donate $1 to the AKC Canine Health Foundation — up to $75,000 — to further pet health research.
A path worn by many passing feet leads to a large stone. Take a left. From there, rows of newly planted native crab apple trees reach across Nettleton Preserve — a Newtown Forest Association property. They stand amid remnants of an existing orchard choked by invasives and overgrowth. NFA Vice President Bart Smith last Tuesday, a clear and sun-filled November afternoon, stepped through old meadow growth where short stalks of goldenrod still bloomed to look at one of the 26 new trees going in. The new and old trees will create a flowering orchard, he said, meant to provide “a place of quiet reflection.” A dedication will take place in the spring.
Anyone who has ever owned a dog has most likely lost it — even if just for a few minutes — and felt that pang of panic. How did they get out? Where did they go? How will I find him? Dogs are lost in a variety of ways. Most of them escape from their home or yard enclosure when their owners aren’t looking. Some are lost accidentally by others or stolen, but most just escape. The more they escape, the more you become uber vigilant about keeping those escape artists home.
On one of our first Thanksgivings as a married couple, my husband and I decided to host his parents for the holiday. The thing is, we were pretty strict vegetarians at the time, and there was no way a turkey was going to grace the table. We rationalized that if need be, we would be able to catch a fish, so we settled on grilling a whole salmon for the Thanksgiving Day feast. This was also early on in our grilling careers, so the timing and skill behind that art added just a tad to the anxiety we felt. I wanted to impress my new family, and I wanted the meal to be one that they would recall with pleasure — despite the lack of a golden brown turkey as the centerpiece.