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by Patricia L. Cook Next week, on February 21, many people around the globe will celebrate Mardi Gras. This issue of Tidbits will “laissez les bons temps rouler” (let the good times roll) as we explore this celebration. • The city most associated with Mardi Gras in America is New Orleans. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which begins the Christian season of Lent. It is also the last day of the Carnival season. “Carnival” season is a period of feasting and fun that always begins on January 6, which in Christianity is the Feast of Epiphany, following the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” While mostly celebrated in areas where Roman Catholicism is predominant, Epiphany is celebrated in other churches as well. • In New Orleans, parades happen for several weeks before Mardi Gras, but the largest and probably most famous happen on the last weekend before and through Mardi Gras day. There are about a dozen held in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, with even more in the suburbs. • Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and Lent are all important times for Catholics. Ash Wednesday is the first of 40 days (excluding Sundays) prior to Easter that make up Lent. Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, when the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. turn the page for more!




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• Another term used for Mardi Gras is “Shrove Tuesday.” Shrove is the past tense of “to shrive” and means “to go to or make confession.” Mardi Gras is known as the day to party. In New Orleans, when the clock strikes midnight, Lent starts, and the party ends. Mounted police lead a parade of street cleaners, clearing and cleaning the city. • Historians believe that French explorers Iberville and Bienville held the first American Mardi Gras on March 3, 1699. After a very difficult journey down the Mississippi River, they landed about 60 miles south of New Orleans. They had a small celebration and named the area “Pointe due Mardi Gras.” Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane,” which later became Mobile, Alabama. Many say that the first official Mardi Gras was held in Mobile in 1702. (During this time, before the Louisiana Purchase, Mobile was part of Louisiana.) • For many years, New Orleans and other French settlements of the South marked the Mardi Gras holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish meals. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, they abolished the rowdy celebrations. The bans were in force until Louisiana became a state in 1812. • Secret societies or clubs, called krewes, started forming as early as 1781. The first was the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association. Krewes started the parades as we know them today and keep them going. The krewes are private, non-profit organizations whose members plan and pay for their parades, costumes, throws and more. There are no sponsorships or city funds used. • By the late 1830s, there were processions of masked people with carriages and riding horseback. Newspapers started announcing the Mardi Gras events in advance. More krewes formed, and today there are more than 50 parades in the Greater New Orleans area.

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●On Feb. 19, 1851, an angry mob in San Francisco’s business district “tries” two Australian suspects in the robbery and assault of C.J. Jansen. Vigilantes were fairly common during the Gold Rush boom in San Francisco, and they were so well regarded that they took over the Democratic Party in the late 1850s, and some became respected politicians.

● On Feb. 14, 1929, Sir Alexander Fleming, a bacteriologist, discovers penicillin. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold, similar to the kind found on bread, had fallen on the culture and had killed many of the bacteria.

●On Feb. 15, 1933, president-elect Franklin D.

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●On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous and controversial novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” At the book’s heart is the journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on a raft.

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December 22– January 19

June 22– July 22 A colleague is not the loose cannon they appear to be. Cut them some slack, Cancer, and you may just see them for who they really are.

January 20– February 18 Passion ignites with some sage words of advice. Ooh-la-la, Aquarius. Design choices compound with an addition. Consider all the possibilities and then let the elimination round begin.

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Come on, Capricorn. You know you want to, so do it. You will learn more and have more fun than you ever thought possible. A friend honors a request.

Touches of romance make for a sweet week. Enjoy, Leo, and make sure you return the favor. The to-do list grows. Attack it in steps.

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February 19– March 20 Drat, Pisces. An offer resurfaces. Give it careful consideration this time. There might be more to it than you realize. A relative reaches out.

Psst, Virgo. Someone is up to something, and it’s up to you to find out what. Don your detective cap and start snooping. An act of passion gets the home fires burning.

March 21– April 19 Love is in the air and life takes on a rosy hue. Live it up, Aries. Honesty is always the best policy, so stop hedging with a dear friend and fess up.

September 23– October 22 Wake up and smell the coffee, Libra. All is not as it seems. What looks good on paper may not look so good in reality. Get a professional opinion before you make your move.

April 20– May 20 My, oh my, Taurus. You certainly know how to entertain, and few will not notice your talents this week as you host one event after another. Something lucrative will come of it.

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May 21– June 21 Travel plans begin to take shape, and you prepare to whisk that special someone off on a great adventure. Bon voyage, Gemini. Don’t forget your camera.

November 22– December 21 Your efforts to spend less and save more begin to add up. Do something fun to celebrate, Sagittarius. A cheeky retort gets the ball rolling on a muchneeded repair.


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Long Beach Island, N.J.: Lloyd Vosseller, a public-works Atlantic beach destinations from employee in Harvey Cedars, shores up eroded dunes. the Outer Banks to Cape Cod took a uAlong the Jersey Shore, Irene’s biggest beating over the weekend, but Irene hasn’t kept some tourist draws from putting down wind- impact occurred south of Asbury Park, where the blown welcome mats for vacationers looking for a storm tore up most of the 2-mile-long Spring Lake final summer fling as Labor Day weekend ap- boardwalk. Other area boardwalks fared much better, including the famous walk in Atlantic City. proaches. An update, from south to north: uIn North Carolina’s hard-hit Outer Banks, the The city’s 11 casinos reopened at noon Monday 200-mile-long string of barrier islands where after reporting only minor cosmetic damage. Irene made landfall Saturday as a Category 1 Big names Harrahs, Bally’s and Caesars are ofhurricane, multiple washouts along Route 12 fering “Goodnight Irene” specials at $59 a night north of Rodanthe have cut access to Hatteras and tonight and $79 Wednesday to boost business. Ocracoke islands. With the area’s major artery The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority severed indefinitely, “our season is over,” Hatter- said the boardwalk and beach were open Monas motel owner Carol Dawson told Raleigh’s The day. To the south, Cape May beaches were open News & Observer. Monday, and the Cape May-Lewes (Del.) ferry But in Dare County, which includes the popular resumes service today. uOn Long Island, N.Y., “we dodged a bullet,” Outer Banks resort towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Duck, visitor access resumed at noon said visitors bureau CEO Moke McGowan. HampMonday for most areas. Beachgoers will be al- tons beaches sustained far less erosion than exlowed back in Duck — where the storm had pected and are open, he said. Long Beach is strewn boulders and debris and cut highway expected to host a big surfing competition startaccess to one lane — at 10 a.m. today. Visitor ing Thursday. Jones Beach is being assessed; Fire Island National Seashore beaches are expected to access also resumes today in Currituck County. uOcean City, Md., reopened to visitors Sunday, reopen by Wednesday. uOn Cape Cod, Mass., gusts of more than 70 and boardwalk and beaches fared better than officials had feared. “Lifeguards are on duty, and mph sparked power outages. But key bridges just about everybody is back in business,” said stayed open, ferry service resumed Monday and most businesses and beaches have reopened. Donna Abbott of the Ocean City visitors bureau.

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