Washington Parish Council On Aging & Public Transit

 The Office of Public Health for Region IX (Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals) has scheduled a Mass Vaccination Exercise for Seasonal Flu. 

In Washington Parish, shots are scheduled to be administered Friday November 20th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in Bogalusa at the Bogalusa Health Unit.

Bogalusa Health Unit
626 Carolina Avenue
(985) 732-6621

Shots are also scheduled to be administered Friday November 20th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in Franklinton Health Center as well.

Franklinton Health Center
1104 Bene St.
(985) 839-6246

For more information, please contact your parish health unit.  The Office of Public Health Region 9, serves Livingston, St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes. Go to www.dhh.louisiana.gov for more information.

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, presently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. It did not become a federal holiday until 1941. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God, and is still celebrated as such by many families, but it is now also considered a secular holiday as well. Most Americans celebrate by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast. Though the holiday's origins can be traced to harvest festivals which have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, the American holiday is tied to the deliverance of the English settlers by Native Americans after the harsh winter at Plymouth, Massachusetts and that event has become the pre-eminent foundation story for English North America. The First Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God and the Native Americans for helping the pilgrims survive the brutal winter. Although half of the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower had already died, many more would have had it not been for the native Americans teaching the pilgrims to harvest foods. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three whole days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Indians. The traditional Thanksgiving menu often features turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Americans may eat these foods on modern day Thanksgiving, but the first feast did not consist of these items. On the first feast turkey was any type of fowl that the pilgrims hunted. Pumpkin pie wasn't on the menu because there were no ovens for baking, but they did have boiled pumpkin. Cranberries weren't introduced at this time. Due to the diminishing supply of flour there was no bread of any kind. The foods included in the first feast included duck, geese, venison, fish, loblobster, clams, swan, berries, dried fruit, pumpkin, squash, and many more vegetables.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is that time of the year when people seem to be a little nicer than ordinary. It's not so much the fact that Thanksgiving is a sign that Chris tmas is near, but the fact that Thanksgiving is that time of the year when we can say thanks for our blessings. Thanksgiving is truly a blessed event, and most people tend to think of the positive side of things. It's the time of year to invite family and friends to our Thanksgiving dinner.

Please join us at our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2009 at the Council On Aging in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

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Nutrition Director, Shirley Cooper

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