Thursday, November 22, 2012
A turkey is a "a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards," wrote Benjamin Franklin.
Who – aside from turkeys - doesn’t love Thanksgiving? With all the football, family and food involved, it’s easy to understand why millions of people celebrate the tradition. Thanksgiving was made a federal holiday in 1941 and turkey consumption has fast been on the rise. Thanksgiving from the perspective of the main entrée doesn’t seem nearly as fun. Here are five facts about the fast-growing industry and the birds that make the holiday possible. 1. The National Turkey Foundation says that consumption of the bird has doubled since 1970.The per capita consumption is 16.1 pounds in 2011. In 1975, 124.2 million turkeys were produced. In 2011, 248.5 million turkeys were produced to meet demand. 2. By the 1800s, nearly all turkeys in …
A look at which businesses and government offices are open and closed on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving is upon us and the majority of businesses and government offices will be closed in celebration of the holiday. Here's a look at what's open and closed today, Thursday, Nov. 22, in Newport and Middletown: U.S. Post Office — All location of the post office are closed, and there will be no mail delivery today. Newport and Middletown Public Schools — Closed all day. Newport City Hall and Middletown Town Hall— Closed all day. Newport and Middletown Libraries — Closed all day. Middletown Senior Center — Closed all day. Grocery Stores Restaurants and Retail Stores Banks Transportation State Offices Federal Offices, Stock Market Athletic Facilities
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is seeking collections for the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is in need of donations for the growing number of baskets they provide to families in need. Alyson Novick, of the MLK Center, said collections are down this year despite the fact that they are providing more baskets than years past. They will provide baskets for about 190 families. Novick said the pantry especially needs canned sweet potatoes, canned cranberry sauce and $10, $15 or $20 gift cards to local supermarkets. Once the pantry exhausts its supply of turkeys, families are given gift cards to purchase them. Distribution will run from Nov. 19 -21. The pantry will also provide for Christmas from Dec. 19-21. “We understand that our community is giving so …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Let's hear it for Thanksgiving!
Nothing beats Thanksgiving. But that’s just me. The food. The football. The tradition. The desserts. The family. The Thursday leading into the long weekend. Did I mention the desserts? Like the chocolate pecan pie? For me, they’ve always combined to create the best holiday of the year. But I know that’s not universal. Some are partial to Christmas. Others like the summer holidays. For me, it’s always been Thanksgiving. What about you?
Monday, November 22, 2010
The 25th annual NewportFed "Pie Run" 5-mile road race and 3-mile non-competitive run/walk begins and ends at the Newport County YMCA Thursday morning, with a prompt start time of 8:30 a.m.
Any way you slice it, the NewportFed Annual "Pie Run" this Thanksgiving morning promises to be another treat this year. For starters, when many people are waking early Thursday to thaw turkeys, peel potatoes and set pies on cooling racks, more than 1,200 entrants will be dropping off a canned good or non-perishable food item for the area's needy. Then, they'll line up for the the annual Thanksgiving Day 5-mile race or 3-mile non-competitive run/walk through Middletown's scenic roadways. Secondly, entrants are treated to a panoramic, beautiful course heavy on ocean vistas as they round Purgatory Road and descend downhill to Sachuest Point for a good portion of the course. Plus, they get to preemptively kick-start their metabolism on a day …