Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all of our readers and your families!
Today’s weather can turn colder and develop into snow showers; a high of 35 this afternoon and a low of 26. Little to no accumulation expected. Tomorrow, when most of the egg hunts are happening, will be sunny with a high of 52 and a low of 32. Saturday night into Sunday we can expect a mix of rain and snow showers with a high of 41 and low of 26.
Many Christians do not know the origins of Passover, so here’s a little bit of history for you: The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, March 30-April 7, 2018. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
And, for our non-Christian readers, here’s a little bit on the origins of Easter for you: Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week.
It wouldn’t be Easter without Easter Egg hunts: we’ve collected a listing of each event in the County.
Local First Lego League Team 3659 NeXT GEN recently won the first-place Champion’s Award at the Maryland State First Lego League Championship. For the 2017-2018 season, the topic was hydrodynamics (exploring problems with water) and NeXT GEN decided to solve the problem of elderly people not drinking enough water. The team’s solution is the Pick Me Up Coaster, a drink coaster that reminds the user to drink more water by using lights and sounds.
Next week is National Public Health Week (April 2-8) and the Garrett County Health Department is sponsoring a step challenge with prizes awarded for the most steps. Participants may use total steps recorded on any kind of fitness tracker from 12:00 am to midnight each day. Sign up or learn more about the Step Challenge here!
Don’t forget to enter our “Where Am I Contest” today before the new edition is posted! One random correct entry will be pulled to win a $25 gift card to Dutch’s!
I’ll leave you with this photo my wife Jean took at Swallow Falls State Park (Tolliver Falls) a few years ago. Spring, and then Summer, may get here yet… Have a great holiday weekend!