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By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/23/2017 10:37 AM
Today is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday. Government offices, schools, and financial institutions are closed...as are most businesses...and there is no mail delivery. Many government offices will remain closed tomorrow as well.

     The idea of setting aside a specific day to give thanks for life and its blessings dates back thousands of years through many civilizations, cultures and religions...but the American celebration started with the Pilgrims.

      The religious refugees who founded the Plymouth Colony in 1620 marked their first harvest a year later with a feast of Thanksgiving. The date was formalized by Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War as the last Thursday in November, with Congress later fine-tuning that to the 4th Thursday of the month.

      Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, in his Thanksgiving message, talks about a variety of blessings enjoyed by each of use.

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There are a number of community Thanksgiving meals today in the Panhandle. The largest is Thanksgiving in the Valley at the Guadalupe Center in southeast Scottsbluff while another big one is in Alliance -  the People Helping People dinner at the  Holy Rosary Parish Center, organized for the 25th year by David and Teresa Boyles.

      Chadron doesn't have a free community dinner this year after the long-time organizer and cook both stepped down and no successors came forward fast enough to hold the dinner at the Assumption Arena.  Ron Moore of The Ridge, helped by donations from other businesses, is offering a low-cost substitute with a $5 dollar Thanksgiving meal at the Ridge from 11:00-4:00.


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