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today’s news … Monday, February 20, 2012

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2012 at 5:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today “Let the welfare of the people be the ultimate law.” – Cicero
  • Columbia market manager out: “The mayor (Leo Lutz) said the best option now might be to take a step back and have the borough take more oversight of the market again as the Trust establishes its bylaws, administrative operations, management structure and vendor structure.” – MyColumbiaNews
  • Elizabeth S. Hooper was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Ursinus College, where she is a senior majoring in business and economics. A 2008 graduate of Columbia High School, she is the daughter of Mike and Amy Hooper of Columbia.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
  • Columbia news, views & reviews carried the link to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era article on the “senior housing project” coming to Marietta in July of last year; Mary Ellen Graybill sent along this picture taken yesterday. The work has begun.

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Celebrated today, though the date is February 22

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Treasures on February 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

George Washington, copy of painting by Gilbert Stuart, 1931 – 1932, RG 148, Records of Commissions of the Legislative Branch, George Washington Bicentennial Commission.

“George Washington’s Birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in February. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress.

“Federal holidays apply only to the federal government and the District of Columbia; Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays.

“George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, which placed Washington’s birth on February 22, 1732.

“Americans celebrated Washington’s Birthday long before Congress declared it a federal holiday. The centennial of his birth prompted festivities nationally and Congress established a Joint Committee to arrange for the occasion.

“At the recommendation of the Committee, chaired by Henry Clay of the Senate and Philemon Thomas of the House, Congress adjourned on February 22, 1832 out of respect for Washington’s memory and in commemoration of his birth.

“Prompted by a memorial from the mayor and other citizens of Philadelphia, the House and Senate commemorated the 130th Anniversary of Washington’s birth by reading aloud his Farewell Address. “

To continue reading about this revered first President of the United States, click here.

Rivertowne Botanical … photography genius on Fourth Friday at Jonal Gallery

In History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on February 20, 2012 at 3:55 am