Quirky facts about St. Patty’s Day

Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day developed. As early as the 17th century, green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. It has been said that the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day is on March 17 because this is the day he passed away.

Why has corned beef become the traditional dish to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day? while we might assume it is because that’s what the residents of Ireland eat on this holiday— however eating corned beef on St. Patty’s Day is actually as American as apple pie. Beef was only eaten by the rich in Ireland. The corned-beef tradition began when the Irish emigrated to the U.S., particularly New York City, and they were looking for a substitute for bacon.

Beef was more affordable, so they treated the beef as they would have bacon. Over time, this became a traditional meal here on St. Patrick’s Day, although it’s still not popular in Ireland. The only places you will find serving up corned beef in Ireland today are those venues that are catering to American tourists, who think they are having an authentic Irish meal. Don’t let this information stop you from enjoying your corned beef. It still is a tradition — an American tradition.

Thrifty ways to help our schools

Those who collect Box Tops as well as Labels for Education, can now drop them off at several convenient locations — at the elementary school just inside the front doors; at Direct Deposit Redemption Center on Main Street in Warrensburg; and at the Thurman Town Hall in a coffee can marked “Box Tops.” At this latter drop-off point, I will collect the labels and tops monthly and make sure they get to the appropriate person. If you drop them off at Direct Deposit, make sure you tell them which school is to receive the points. Torn or taped labels cannot be accepted. Every label means real money to our schools and saves tax dollars!

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