Each year, we set aside a day of thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon our great nation by celebrating the tradition of Thanksgiving.This year, I have so much to be thankful for – my family and friends, my health, and the distinct honor of being able to serve the people of Pennsylvania every day as governor.And here in Pennsylvania, we have much to give thanks for — an abundance of natural resources, rich and diverse communities, and a bright future.What many Pennsylvanians may be surprised to learn, however, is that Thanksgiving was first proclaimed in my hometown of York, Pennsylvania.Most Americans think of Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts as the site for the first Thanksgiving, and the pilgrims and Native Americans there did indeed begin a tradition of showing gratitude that we continue to celebrate to this day each November.But at the height of the American Revolution, after a series of battles against the British, a group of Americans in the Continental Congress drafted a resolution in York declaring December 18th as a day of “solemn thanksgiving and praise” for the good fortune many hoped and predicted was on its way for the American revolutionaries.On November 1, 1777, Sam Adams wrote:“That at one time and with one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts… To inspire our commanders both by land and sea, and all under them with that wisdom and fortitude which may render them fit instruments under the providence of Almighty God, to secure for these United States the greatest of all human blessings, independence and peace.”The Thanksgiving holiday would continue to be celebrated on various dates throughout November and December, until President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863.But Pennsylvania was the location of the first national Thanksgiving — a declaration of hope, gratitude, and togetherness during a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.In the York Historic District, a historical marker along East Market Street informs passersby that Sam Adams of Massachusetts, a “father of the revolution,” advocated for the first time one day of public thanksgiving for the colonies.Today, as Americans and Pennsylvanians, we continue to hold our independence as one of our proudest values, and we continue to work towards peace in our homes, communities, schools, workplaces, state, and nation.Frances and I are also thankful for the opportunity to lead our state into a bright, successful future. I and my administration remain committed to upholding the sentiments for which our founding fathers fought and said thanks in our commonwealth almost 250 years ago.As families and friends across the Commonwealth come together to give thanks, Frances and I would like to wish all Pennsylvanians a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. By: Governor Tom Wolf Holidays, The Blog, Videos SHARE TWEET November 23, 2016 A Thanksgiving Greeting from Our Family to Yours Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Via: Bernard Esar ANGOLA:The Palancas Negras face off with group leaders, Mali in the final batch of fixtures as the group phase of the 2019 African Cup of Nations draws to an end.The Angolans, after two drawn games against Tunisia and Mauritania, will be seeking qualification against the Malians as only a win will guarantee advancement.Srdjan Vasiljevic has no injury concerns as his team will be looking for a first round of 16 spot since 2010 when they hosted the tournament.The South-Western African side have not been ruthless in front of goal as they have scored just one goal in the tournament.MALI:After a 1-1 draw game against Tunisia, Mali sit on top of the pile and will be looking forward to cementing top spot place in Group E.The Malians were off to a sterling start as they thrashed Mauritania in the Group E opener by four goals to one.Mohammed Magassouba should be a satisfied man as his side are likely to qualify to the round of 16. A win against the Palancas Negras will be more than enough for them. A draw too will put them on five points while a defeat might still be enough but will qualify them as one of the best third-placed teams in the tournament.The West Africans will be in high spirits and guns blazing after already scoring five goals and conceding two goals.The match will be played at 19:00 GMT at the Ismailia Stadium.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In 2018 the Alpena Township Fire Department saw just over 2,400 calls, and in order to keep their skills sharp the township holds multiple training sessions every month.Firefighters were taking part in critical monthly training, learning the ins and outs of their newest equipment. They were also brushing up on some of the basics Wednesday evening at the Alpena Township Northside Fire Department.“We’re very big on the training and showing that documentation that these people are certified to operate this piece of equipment,” says township Lieutenant Tom Tolen. “We just don’t (say), ‘Hey you have a pulse you can run this truck.’ You got to know how to operate that truck and the equipment that’s on it and make use of it.”The newest addition to the townships firefighting equipment comes via a department in Paw Paw, Michigan.Purchasing the used air tanks from them not only saved the township money, but also represented an upgrade.“Ours is aging and this is newer, and we were able to get a hold of that and put this in place. But before we put it into use we want to make sure we have the proper documentation to show that everybody was trained and fit tested on this equipment,” explained Tolen.After wrapping up their air tank training the crews moved outside for tanker certification training.Regardless of what’s on the training schedule though, Lieutenant Tolen believes it’s crucial for the men and women to work and train together.At the end of the day this job takes dedication, and there’s no one that can question the dedication that the these hard working men and women have.“If somebody wants to do this you have to remember: Usually family is first. Then work. Then I like to go hunting, I like to go fishing. And if you throw fire department in there, where within that does the fire department fall? There’s a huge dedication. And it shows tonight with the personnel that are here, the majority of the department, it shows the dedication that the people have to the Township of Alpena.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena township, Alpena Township Fire DepartmentContinue ReadingPrevious NASA makes peer-review, funded research publicNext Two unique lectures coming to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center