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The Stroller

Thursday, March 28, 2013

THURSDAY'S WORD is flehmen. Example: The vet explained to the children that what appeared to be a display of anger in the cat was actually a behavior called flehmen. (Source: Merriam-Webster)

WEDNESDAY’S WORD was rigamarole. It means a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure. Example: He always complained that the high school graduation had too much rigamarole for it to be worth the $50 tickets.

Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Melanie Barrow is beginning a series of monthly gardening workshops at the Spencer-Penn Centre. She will give her programs at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Today’s presentation will be “Landscaping Boot Camp.” It will show which plants are suitable for the area, which bloom during various seasons and how to care for them. Refreshments will be served at 11 a.m.

The free fifth annual Senior Symposium: Golden Oldies will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the National Guard Armory in Martinsville. More than 30 vendors will be present, and speakers will give presentations throughout the day. Door prizes will be awarded.

Norma Gamez of Bassett wants to remind people who have signed up for the “Adopt-a-Highway” program to pick up the trash on their portions of roads. She said she has been seeing a lot of sections of roads, with road signs proclaiming their caretakers, full of trash. Gamez keeps the areas close to Willie Craig Road New Hope Bible Church clean, she added.

The first annual Martinsville/Henry County versus Danville/Pittsylvania County senior benefit game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Laurel Park Middle School. The cause is “stop the violence.” A dunk contest and 3-point shootout will be held. Admission costs $4 or $2 with two canned food items.

Margaret Caldwell of Martinsville wrote in to say that she enjoyed the section in the Stroller about Easter egg traditions, and she had one to add:

“Another Easter tradition is Tsoureki, a Greek sweet braided yeast bread, with lemon and orange zest, with one or more deep red eggs. The raw eggs are dyed, placed in the ropes of the risen bread and baked. In some cultures, the red egg symbolizes the blood of Christ, shed for the forgiveness of our sins, and in others, it symbolizes new life and resurrection. Eggs have historically symbolized new life. Another version of the bread uses multi-colored eggs, which I usually make at Easter.

“Of course, the Easter bunny comes to us courtesy of German folk. Many Easter traditions, like Christmas ones, have their origin in pagan celebrations which were given new meaning by Christians.”

 

 
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