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April 15, 2014

Good Friday – A time to remember

Filed under: Holiday — Sherry Bingham @ 7:39 am

Holy week, the week where Jesus returned to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus; and the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, represents the events leading up to Jesus’ death.

Good Friday is celebrated by Christians annually to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  The full story of Good Friday is recorded in the Bible found in Matthew 26-27.

The word “good” relates to the belief that Christ died for the sins of mankind.

 

It is an important event in the Christian faith because this act brought salvation to all who believe in Him.   It is often a day of mourning, quiet prayer, and believers may choose to fast or attend church.

The Jewish calendar indicates Jesus died on the first day of the Passover, which according to the Gregorian (Western) calendar would be April 7. However, this holiday is not celebrated as a fixed date.  The flexible date of the Passover conforms to the Jewish luni-solar calendar.

Candles will remain extinguished and statues, crosses and paintings will be covered in purple, gray, or black cloth. Some Christians will bake and eat hot cross buns while others will avoid some types of non-vegetarian foods.  Depending on your faith, homes may maintain an atmosphere of reverence and silence with limited usage of electronic devices.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is remembered on Easter Sunday. This is the most joyous day of the Christian year commemorating when Christ arose from the dead and left the tomb very early in the morning. Many churches hold Easter services at sunrise on Easter morning.

East Carolina University observes Good Friday as a State Holiday and Greenville City offices will be closed on Good Friday.

April 11, 2014

Staff Appreciation Week Wrap Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 8:13 am

Good morning!

Today is the last “official” day of Staff Appreciation Week!  There are still plenty of events happening today and tomorrow so be sure to take advantage!  The Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee did a terrific job making sure we (staff) had a wonderful week full of special events, discounts and a great deal of gratitude.  A big tumbs-up to them!!

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Today is the last day to use your Meal Voucher ($7.25 value).  And you can still take advantage of one of these awesome events:

Friday, April 11th

Free movies at Hendrix Theatre for the entire family:  3:00 pm Frozen, 9:30 pm Saving Mr. Banks

Pirate Equipment Sale:  6:00 pm, A wide array of Pirates’ gear from past years will be available for purchase inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – jerseys, pants, gloves, and other assorted items.

Friday Night Movie at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium: 7:30 pm The Nut Job.  You may sit in the stands or on the field to enjoy the movie. Concessions will be available. No outside food, beverages, or chairs permitted. Those sitting on the field may bring blankets for their seating area.

Saturday, April 12th:

2014 Purple/Gold Spring Game :  2:30pm Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium: Free admission

Free movies at Hendrix Theatre for the entire family:  7:00 pm Saving Mr. Banks, 9:30 pm Frozen

Also, don’t forget about all the wonderful local businesses that joined our Staff Appreciation celebration by offering discounts to staff with valid 1Cards:

  • Frames by James: 20% off all ECU prints (115 Red Banks Rd.).
  • The Flower Basket:  15% off (2904 E 10th St.) Be sure to mention “ECU Staff Appreciation” for discount.
  • Sup Dogs Restaurant:  10% discount all week (213 E. 5th St.)
  • Sweet Pets:  10% discount all week, excluding flea treatments and dog food (1913 E. Firetower Rd.)
  • Rum Runner Dive Shop:  15% discount on retail purchases (4054 S. Memorial Dr.)
  • Fish Fish Fish:  10% discount on retail purchases (703 Washington St, Plymouth).
  • Mack’s Furniture Warehouse:  10% off lowest sticker price. Not valid with other discounts (1809 Dickinson Ave.). Valid through April 30.
  • Jackson Banquet Hall:  10% of Sunday – Thursday rental (1807 Dickinson Ave.). Valid for any available date in 2014 if booked before April 30.
  • University PC Care:  10% off labor charge (1909 E. Firetower Rd)
  • Seahorse Restaurant:  20% discount on meal purchases (2301 Stantonsburg Rd.)

Keep a look out next week to see if you were the lucky winner of some of the terrific gifts we are giving away (all staff are eligible and automatically entered):

  •  Signed Carolina Panthers team lithograph football (donated by Carolina Panthers)
  •  Pandora bracelet with 2 charms donated by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (511 Red Banks Rd.)
  •  $20.00 Gift Card at Sup Dogs Restaurant (213 E. 5th St.)
  • Beta Fish Set-Up – $25.99 value from Sweet Pets (1913 E. Firetower Rd.)
  • $50.00 Gift Certificate from Firetower Work Shoes (675 W. Firetower Rd.)
  • Two $10.00 Gift Certificates from Tripps Restaurant (420 Red Banks Rd.)
  • Gift Certificate for One Free Entrée from Marathon Restaurant (706 Evans St.)
  • 4 admission tickets to Sylvan Heights Waterfoul Park (500 Sylvan Heights Parkway, Scotland Neck)
  • 2 sets of two tickets for ECU vs. NC Central on August 30 (donated by ECU Athletics)
  • $100 CareBucks gift card at University PC Care
  • $25.00 gift certificate for Seahorse Restaurant
  • Free Chips and Entre at Chili’s Too (Valid at East Campus location only)

 

On Wednesday, we had our annual Staff Appreciation Health Walk.  The weather was beautiful and the turnout was impressive.  Over 100 people completed the 1/2 mile walk and received their FREE limited addition Staff Appreciation t-shirt and FREE Dasani water!  We also had several wonderful gifts for the drawing, and many of the vendors had drawings and gifts as well!

Lastly, this week we had two UCFS Forums.  These were not Staff Appreciation Week events however, during the East Campus Forum, many faculty members publically expressed their gratitude towards staff, and many of those comments were included in The Daily Reflector article on Wednesday.  There should be no doubt about how valued and appreciated staff are at ECU!

 

 

April 8, 2014

Earth Day, What footprint are you leaving behind?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 9:52 am


Every day is an opportunity to make our Earth
a better place to live!

Earth Day, April 22nd is the official day that we recognize environmental issues and the progressive ways we can improve our world.

Globally, all humanity consumes the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources to sustain the way we live each year. This means that it takes the planet one and a half years to replenish everything humans consume in one year. The result is a growing deficit of resources that are being depleted drastically!

Recognizing that every person leaves an ecological footprint is the first step to change.

The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity, and compares this to how much land and sea is available. Productive land and sea areas support human demands for food, fiber, timber, energy, and space for infrastructure. These areas also absorb the waste products from the human economy. The Ecological Footprint measures the sum of these areas, wherever they physically occur on the planet. The Ecological Footprint is used widely as a management and communication tool by governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to see the impact you are having on the planet!

A great resource is 50 ways to help the planet!

Events

ECU is hosting an Earth Day Expo!  Today, April 8th from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in Howell Science Complex on ECU’s East campus. It will have interactive events for people of all ages.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have live animals and plants, fun science activities, natural history story times, and more!

In addition, the public is invited to attend a free, evening lecture at 8 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room C307. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of Natural Capital Project, will discuss “Nature of, by, and for the People.” A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building will follow.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  is celebrating Earth Day all month long! Join us for Earth Month every Science Thursday in April from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.  Each Thursday will have a different conservation-related topic.  Come see exhibitors, listen to talks and participate in activities and learn more about ways YOU can make the Earth a better place! Be sure to see the Planet Earth Celebration or the Rainforest Exhibit that opens on April 26th. Visitors can swing like a spider monkey, ride the butterfly zip-line, and discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. This new exhibit allows you to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

Participate in an Earth Day Celebration Hike  on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Goose Creek State Park  in Washington, NC.

A Time For Science will hold its Earth Day event on April 22nd from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Grifton, NC.

Have fun at the  Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival!  Join Cape Lookout National Seashore and more than 20 other environmental educators in an Earth Day Celebration for the whole family on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get close to marine invertebrates (like whelks and sea stars) with a touch tank, meet rescued wildlife, make coastal crafts, and discover ways you can help protect our environment. This free event is held at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC.

The City of Durham will hold its annual Earth Day Festival at Durham Central Park on Sunday, April 27th from noon until 5 p.m.

 

April 1, 2014

Changing Lives – One relay at a time!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 6:02 am

              On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Relay For Life !

Cancer. Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a man or a woman than this word.  While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fundraising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.

Let’s make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and co-workers. We can fight cancer one relay at a time in our community! Let’s paint it purple ECU!

Show your support and use your community service leave to volunteer for this worthy event!


Relay For Life of Pitt County – Winterville, NC
Sign up                Donate

April 04, 2014
South Central High School
570 Forlines Road, Winterville, NC   Map it


Relay For Life of East Carolina University – Greenville, NC
Sign up               Donate

April 11, 2014
ECU Dowdy Ficklen Stadium
1 Ficklen Drive, Greenville, NC   Map it


May 02, 2014
Washington High School
400 Slatestone Road, Washington, NC   Map it


May 09, 2014
Cal Ripkin/Farmville Athletic Field
4240 West Horne Avenue, Farmville, NC   Map it


2013 Relay For Life Global Review

March 28, 2014

Time to Vote for New Staff Senators

Filed under: Announcements,Staff Senate — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

Every spring the Staff Senate elects new senators and alternate senators. This year over 20 seats will be filled across eight divisions. All candidates were nominated by their peers and approved by their supervisor and Human Resources.

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Each division is allotted senate seats based on the number of staff. One senator is elected for every 100 staff members. Each division also elects up to two alternate senators. The alternate senators are active delegates and participate in Senate and committee meetings. Senators are elected to a two year term while alternate senators serve a one year term. The Staff Senate reports to the Chancellor and works hard to represent the best interests of SPA, CSS, and EPA non-faculty employees. We also assist in communicating issues and activities affecting staff members and encourage a sense of community among all University employees.

You may wonder what the Staff Senate does for you?  Just a recap of the activities the Staff Senate took part in during the 2013-2014 session:

  • Worked with University Administrators to help make the Adverse Weather and Closure messages more clear for staff
  • Organized the Health Walk on the Health Sciences Campus in the fall
  • Organized the Staff Appreciation Week activities and give-aways for Spring 2014 (to include the Health Walk on East Campus)
  • Participated in many volunteer activities across Pitt County
  • Worked with the Chancellor and Executive Committee to re-work the Winter Break Schedule in order to maximize the time staff have off
  • Provided an entire Thanksgiving meal (and a grocery gift card) for a very deserving family that was struggling with medical issues
  • Worked with Human Resources regarding the new 24 month probation.  Staff Senate ensured that staff could use leave and were eligible to take advantage of the Free Class benefit at the date of hire (not after the probationary period was over)
  • Worked with ECU Human Resources to ensure Staff Senators were allotted time to serve in the Staff Senate, as well as 30 additional hours to use in volunteer service to ECU (Pirate Boarding Crews, Midnight Madness, etc…)
  • Working with our ECU Human Resources and the Office of State Human Resources to get the 3rd free class reinstated
  • Organized Staff Forums in order to communicate what is happening on campus with staff
  • Worked with multiple committees regarding the future of East Carolina University (Committee on Fiscal Sustainability, Committee on the Status of Woman, Strategic Planning Committee, Parking Committee, etc…)

The Staff Senate is a terrific way for every employee to become more engaged with the University and REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  If you are not currently a part of the Staff Senate, please consider running for a Senator in Spring, 2015 (click here to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of an ECU Staff Senator), until then, please take a moment to vote for those employees that are currently running for the ECU Staff Senate.

As someone that is serving their 1st year on the ECU Staff Senate – this experience has been tremendously rewarding.  I have had multiple face to face interactions with Chancellor Ballard, Dr. Locklear, Dr. Niswander, my Division Vice Chancellor, and many of the other Divisional Vice Chancellors.  I feel that I have had important input on multiple Human Resources issues, and policies and procedures that directly impact staff.

Staff members may vote for candidates in their respective division though the online voting application.

Please take a moment to vote for your candidate(s) of choice within your division. The elections will be open until April 11 at 5pm.
Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://ecu.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?Q_SS=8vjXKiM4WNtaI2F_b7x6inEpEMk34tS&_=1

March 25, 2014

Hooray for the red, orange, green, and blue! Enjoy The Taste Of Eating Right

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 5:30 am

 http://healthperformance.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/nnm_2014-8inch-print.jpgIt’s National Nutrition Month !

Let’s Celebrate Food!  Hooray for the red, orange, green, and blue! Living well means to make healthier choices. Healthier options don’t have to taste bland or bore you. There is no time like the present to start selecting better options for our families.  The variety of fruits and vegetables can be plentiful with the start of Spring.

Our happiest memories always incorporate food to celebrate the moment.  Make those memories colorful by choosing brightly colored foods.  Colorful foods are more visually appealing and your body reaps the benefits by lowering cholesterol, reducing health risks, increasing energy levels, and reduces the signs of aging. Who doesn’t want to look younger?

So tempt your taste buds by mixing it up a bit on your food choices. Think in color!

Red/Pink:  Apples, cherries, strawberries, and tomatoes are your first thoughts and they are great choices. Here are some additional great choices.  Beets, raspberries, red onions, rhubarb, red peppers, red onions, red grapes, cranberries, red potatoes,  pink grapefruit, watermelons, and pomegranates.

Orange:  There is the regular navel orange, but so many other varieties exist. There are clementines, mandarins, tangerines, and blood oranges.  Orange peppers are so much sweeter than the green peppers.  Apricots are loaded with fiber and are a great snack. Sweet potatoes make amazing fries. Mangoes and cantaloupes are great choices. Perhaps the world’s greatest super food is the carrot.

Green:  Everyone’s first thought would be broccoli and green beans and they are great, but let’s broaden our color spectrum.  Kiwi, Asian vegetables,  brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, celery, avocado, green apples, honeydew melon, limes, asparagus, spinach (raw is best), green grapes, green pears, sugar snap peas, zucchini, are all great options.  There is more to life than iceberg lettuce: Arugula, Baby Red Tango, Endive, Green Leaf, Radicchio, Romaine, Boston or Bibb lettuce (sweet flavor and texture), Summercrisp, just to name a few.

Blue/Purple: Blueberries, blackberries, plums, eggplant, elderberries, purple grapes, figs, stone fruit, and prunes.

*Always wash your vegetables and ready-to-eat fruits.

How do you jazz up the flavor? With herbs and spices!
The following flavor and food combinations are adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish, and veggies savory without adding salt.

If you are 
cooking:
 Try flavoring it with:
Beef:  Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme
Lamb Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, mint
Pork Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, oregano
Veal Bay leaf, curry powder, ginger, marjoram, oregano
Chicken Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, poultry seasoning, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme
Fish Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, marjoram, paprika, pepper
Carrots Cinnamon, cloves, dill, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Corn Cumin, curry powder, onion, paprika, parsley
Green Beans Dill, curry powder, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, thyme
Greens Onion, pepper
Potatoes Dill, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, sage
Summer Squash Cloves, curry powder, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Winter Squash Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, onion
Tomatoes Basil, bay leaf, dill, marjoram, onion, oregano, parsley, pepper
Cucumbers chives, dill, garlic, vinegar
Peas green pepper, mint, fresh mushrooms, onion, parsley
Rice chives, green pepper, onion, paprika, parsley

Convenience is important too during the busy work week. Realize that not everything needs to be made from scratch. It is possible to pull a heart healthy and delicious meal together in less than 30 minutes! Use the My Plate tool as your guide, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, low fat dairy and heart healthy oils. This can be as easy as microwaving your favorite frozen vegetables, dicing up some sweet strawberries to place on your arugula salad, broiling or grilling your favorite lean protein (marinated chicken, pork loin chops, lemon thyme salmon), and adding a piece of whole grain artisan bread. Throw in a little seasoned olive oil for bread dipping and you have yourself a meal! Check out “Eat Right Nutrition Tips”.

Additional Information Links:  Men and Women.

Kids and food links : Family Food Rules , 50 Family Recipes Kids Actually Like, We Can! Program, How to pack a safe and nutritious lunchbox.

March 21, 2014

22nd Annual Powwow

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 11:38 am

The East Carolina Native American Organization is presenting the 22nd Annual Powwow on Saturday, March 29th from noon – 6:00 p.m.  at 10th Street and College Hill.  This event is free and open to the public!

There will be two dance specials in honor of Matt Chavis – Men’s Traditional and Smoke Dance.

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Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi

Dennis Zotigh will be the Master of Ceremonies; Spencer Jacobs is the Head Man; Olivia Richardson is the Head Lady; Thunder Voice and Stoney Creek will Host Drums; and Brian Richardson will be the Arena Director.

If you don’t know, a Powwow is a traditional Native American gathering for dancing/dance competitions, singing, socializing and eating.  The dances performed are sacred symbols of the Native American culture and traditions that have been preserved for centuries.  At times, the regalia and/or ornaments signify special events or honors in a person’s life; such as this Powwow, honoring Matt Chavis, mamber of the Lumbee Tribe, ECU Alumni and one of the founding fathers of Epsilon Chi Nu, which is the first Native American Fraternity in the nation (Established at East Carolina University in 1996, Incorporated in 2003).

This is sure to be a spectacular event!  Hope to see you there!

March 18, 2014

Pirate Perk – PNC Bank

Filed under: Pirate Perks — Sherry Bingham @ 4:01 am


Our capabilities: Strong. Deep. Focused on you.


PNC Bank Workplace Banking Resources
is offering ECU employees a fantastic Pirate Perk!

Open a “Performance Virtual Wallet or Performance Checking” account and see the advantages:

  • No Monthly Service Fee / No Minimum Balance
    Requirements: Direct deposit of your ECU earnings to the established account.
  • Account holders may qualify for a $150 sign on bonus!
    Requirements: Open an account, establish Direct Deposit, and set up at least 1 bill pay.

It’s That Easy!

Location, Hours, and ATM Information:
PNC Bank
611 E Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858
252-551-7826

Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Notable PNC Bank Information

PNC offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, we’re sure to have the products, expertise and resources necessary for financial success.

Corporate Values
For more than 150 years, PNC has been committed to providing our clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. We are also proud of our longstanding history of supporting the communities we serve – in education and the arts, and in many other ways.

The PNC Legacy Project is a comprehensive initiative of PNC designed to honor, document and preserve the history of predecessor banks, the employees and officers who guided them and the communities they serve. The stories of these banks are told through displays showcasing distinctive artifacts, graphic images and oral histories.

PNC is building green! Watch the world’s greenest office tower go up with PNC’s live construction webcam!

The Tower at PNC Plaza will represent the innovative and pioneering spirit of Pittsburgh and PNC’s commitment to that community. The Tower will be more than the world’s greenest skyscraper, it will also be the new home of one of America’s oldest and strongest financial institutions, a place that accommodates a growing and highly regarded company as well as a symbol of strength, for both PNC and the region.

 

March 14, 2014

Staff Appreciation Week April 7-11th, 2014

Filed under: Announcements,Special Events,Staff Senate — Mary Schiller @ 9:17 am

Mark your calendars, the 2014 ECU Staff Appreciation Week will be April 7th – 11th.  The Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee along with our Staff Senate Chair and Chair-Elect have been working very hard to ensure this year’s celebration is a GREAT one!

There are many local businesses in and around Greenville that appreciate the staff at ECU as well, so we would like to ask for everyone’s help in getting the awareness out there, so they can help us celebrate!  If you know of any local businesses you would like us to contact, please send us their name and contact information (if available) and we will be sure to touch base with them, or if you would prefer, you can pass along the Staff Senate email address staffsenate@ecu.edu, and the business can email us with the details of the discount,  promotion, or donation they would like to offer.

This is a great opportunity for local businesses to show their support for the ECU Staff!  Please note that all information must be received by March 21st, in order for us to be able to include their names in our Staff Appreciation Week information and announcements.

Go Pirate STAFF!

 

 

Luck of the Irish Be With Ya’!

Filed under: Holiday — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

Monday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick's Day Clover

Saint Patrick’s Day, is only a ”legal” holiday in Ireland, but is widely celebrated around the globe and even at the International Space Station!  In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has been observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture since the 18th century!

Celebrations include wearing green, eating Irish food, drinking green beer, displays of shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, religious observances, and parades. It’s popularity has been credited to the fact that it occurs during the Lenten Season and all Lenten restrictions on food and drink are suspended for the day in order to celebrate the “Feast of Saint Patrick.”  The lift of the Lenten restrictions is said to have “encouraged and propagated” the consumption of alcohol on St. Patty’s Day.

One of the biggest American displays of St. Patrick’s Day Pride is in Chicago, where they dye the Chicago River Green for the day!

Chicago River

Ever wonder where all these traditions about green, eating corned beef, pinching people and leprechauns come from?  Well here you go….

Wearing Green – There are many theories about wearing the color green:  It’s one of the colors of the Irish Flag; Ireland is called the “Emerald Isle,” Shamrocks are green, and green is the color of Spring.  Fun fact, long ago, the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue, the color associated with the Order of St. Patrick, but in 1681, green was adopted as the national color of Ireland and people started wearing green.

Shamrocks – Sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized rebirth and the arrival of Spring.

Corned Beef and Cabbage – Cabbage has been a long standing staple in the Irish diet (along with potatoes), but it was traditionally it was eaten with Irish Bacon on St. Patrick’s Day.  Once in America, many Irish immigrants couldn’t afford bacon, so they used the cheaper corned beef as a substitute.

Leprechauns – Linked back to Celtic beliefs in fairies, tiny men and women that had magical powers used for good or evil.  Leprechauns were cranky, short-bodied people, responsible for mending other fairies shoes and they were known for their trickery which was often used to protect their long-fabled treasure (pot of gold).

Pinching – Is only practiced as an American tradition!  It was once thought that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns - fairy creatures who would pinch anyone not wearing green. People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

So, there you go…St. Patrick’s Day debunked.  Hope you all have a fun day filled with trickery, pots of gold and plenty of green food and drink!

Green Fountain

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