Tricounty News

January Tidbits

Burr! Burr! January was one cold, cold month. Well, parts of it anyway. We had a week of close to zero and below zero, which included three days with windchill as low as minus 40. I hated to go out of the house. One of those days, the dining center was closed as the Maple Lake School closed. This year, the theme days are dubbed "Celebration of Nations," as they will feature foods from different countries. Italy was featured in January. The menu consisted of lasagna with garlic bread, lettuce salad, Itallian vegetables and spumoni ice cream. Alice and Lenous won meal tickets as door prizes. they were donated in memory of Katherine Becker. The Kimball Kruisers 4-H Club made "Italian" flag placemats for the diners. They were pretty. Green, symbolic of the plains and the hills of Italy, white stands for ths snowy Alps and red for the blood spilt in the Italian independence wars. Each color also has a religious interpretation. Green represents hope, white represents faith and red represents charity. We also learned maintaining a good appearance is very important to Italians. Even their casual clothing is of high quality. Jeans are popular, but not if they are torn. Dresswear includes fashionable silk ties and well-cut suits for men, and elegant dresses and skirts and blouses for women. Of course, I think we all knew that pasta is Italy's national food. January first brought a raise in the suggested contribution amount. It is now $3.25, which is up only 25 cents for those 60 and older. Those younger than 60 will still pay $6. This is the first price increase since 2003. Not bad when you remember the nutritional meal includes coffee and dessert. SOMETHING NEW: Sites receiving site activity/coffee fund donations of $250 or more need to make a copy of the check and send the copy into Catholic Charities. This is a new requirement for auditing and acknowledgement purposes. Catholic Charities will send a "thanks" along with the one we will, or in this case, have already sent. We are fortunate to have received $1,000 from the local Firemen's Relief Association. ********** The Haircut A young boy had just gotten his driver's permit and asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he'd make a deal with his son. "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we'll talk about the car." The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it.  After about six weeks, his father said, "Son, I've been real proud. You brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm real disappointed you didn't get your hair cut." The young man paused a moment, then said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there's even a strong argument that Jesus had long hair." To this his father replied, "Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?" ********** 'Til next time ...