Mardi Gras is a day of carnival, parades and competitions. Superiority and imagination are displayed in costumes, floats, bands and general magnificence. There are flowers, confetti, feasting and general hysteria of every kind.
Then comes Ash Wednesday, where reality overcomes the imagination and everything comes to a pause for solemn reflection.
Ash Wednesday is observed in countless churches worldwide as the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of abstinence and thoughtful study which precedes the joyousness of Easter.
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• A public country music show and dance featuring The Riverfront Band will be from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Harriman American Legion. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited.
MID-EAST COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY SENIOR PROGRAMS
FEB. 6-12 WEDNESDAY — Exercise at 9 a.m. in Kellytown Baptist Church recreation center, Oliver Springs.
• Pinochle at noon in Kingston Community Center. THURSDAY — Exercise at 9:30 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
• Quilting at 9 a.m. in Kingston Community Center.
• Canasta at 1 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.
A new billboard along Roane Street in South Harriman has been erected to help graduates of the former school celebrate a half-century milestone.
Arranged and provided by the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, the billboard in predominantly South Harriman High School orange notes that 2013 marks 50 years since the last class graduated from South Harriman High School in May 1963.
25 Years Ago
Rockwood fire officials were unsure what caused a blaze that destroyed a downtown landmark. The Mourfield Hotel was built in 1897 and neighbored Rockwood First Christian Church on West Rockwood Street. A first-floor resident, Freeman Denney, 79, told authorities he found his apartment on fire after going upstairs to see if frozen pipes had thawed.