Hughesville Locals Feb. 14, 2018
My apology to the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department for the mix-up of dates in last week’s column. I am not sure how it happened, but I listed the HVFD fish fry for last week by mistake. Please mark your calendar (as I have done) for a delicious fish fry this Friday, February 16, with two more to come, on March 9 and 30.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day! This is an observance that has been part of our cultural identity for so long that most of us don’t think about its origins. Today’s sparkly, glittery, extravagant expressions of affection and romance would probably cause a lot of confusion, and maybe entertainment, for the Third Century man named Valentine. After he refused to renounce his Christian faith and restored sight to a blind child, the Catholic Church beatified Valentine. He reportedly left encouraging notes for other Christians and converts, signing them “your Valentine.” He is listed as patron saint for many specific believers, including beekeepers, engaged couples, happy marriages, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people. Also he is represented in pictures with birds and roses, both features that we see on our 21st Century Valentines.
This year we also have Ash Wednesday on the 14th, another Christian observance, but this one has a decidedly different aspect. Marking the beginning of the 40-day period called Lent which precedes Easter, it is a time for retrospection and devotion, so many churches will have worship services that include the imposition of ashes. Many symbolic images will be apparent on this mid-point of our shortest month!
Have you heard about the Tesla car that SpaceX has launched into a projected path to establish a solar orbit near Mars? I was initially skeptical about the report, but it is one more of the flamboyant actions that Elon Musk’s company has undertaken to advance space travel and our knowledge of the solar system and the universe. My grandson has asked me whether we could go to Mars for a visit, and I told him I don’t expect to go, but it may be possible in his lifetime!
Mark your calendars now for two events to brighten your mood in March. The first is a Spaghetti Supper and Chinese auction held by the Hughesville FFA chapter in the HHS cafeteria on March 3. The second is a fun evening on March 10, when the HHS Alumni Association is holding an Old Fashioned High School Dance at the HHS Gymnasium. More details will be coming next week. Meanwhile, stay warm!
Thurs. Feb. 15 “Wee Make Music” for children aged 12 months to 3 years and their caregivers at Hughesville Area Public Library (HAPL), 146 S. Fifth Street, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Fri. Feb. 16 Pre-school Story Time for children 3–6 years and their caregivers, at HAPL, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Fri. Feb. 16 Snow make-up day for East Lycoming School District.
Fri. Feb. 16 First of three Fish Fry dinners at Hughesville Volunteer Fire Dept. social hall, Railroad and Water Streets.
Mon. Feb. 19 Presidents’ Day and In-service for teachers, no school for students, ELSD.
Mon. Feb. 19 Charles Hughes and Rob Mueller will narrate a film on early PA logging at the East Lycoming Historical Society at 7 p.m.
Mon. Feb.19 “Wee Tales” for children ages 12 mo. to 3 years and their caregivers at HAPL, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Tues. Feb. 20 “Wee Play” for children ages 2 – 6 years and their caregivers at HAPL, 10:30-11:30 a.m.