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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday, celebrates the birthday of the nation’s primary spokesman for nonviolent action to achieve civil rights.

King’s birthday is Jan. 15, but it’s celebrated on the third Monday of January under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

While the campaign to establish a holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination, it was signed into law in 1983 after Congress passed legislation establishing the holiday by a heavy majority — and it was first observed in 1986.

Several states — including New Hampshire and Arizona — resisted the holiday observance until 2000 when all 50 complied.

Activities & events in the hills

The next meeting of the Sugar Loaf Seniors Club is to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 19 in the Thurman Town Hall. the group is to meet on the third Saturday of February and March as well. Membership dues in the amount of $10 will be collected at this next meeting.

The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. So stop in and meet with these skilled members. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.

If you have children who are students at Warrensburg High School, make sure they are well-rested and have eaten a nutritious breakfast every day next week, because the state Regents exams are to be held from Jan. 22 through 25.

Mark your calendars for the PTSA Spaghetti Dinner and Auction scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Haskell Brothers VFW Hall on Main Street in Warrensburg. The communities’ support of the PTSA is greatly appreciated. To become a member of this vital, active group, simply drop into the Elementary School to pick up an application form. Adult membership is still just $7 and a student membership is only $4.

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