Mark Strawn:   The owner of Kasey, a family pet was stabbed on Thanksgiving Day.  The owner lives on 70th Street West & L-8.  Strawn stated, “Someone had to come in my back yard.”  He also said, “be on the look out” as he is going to get cameras to protect his home.  Kasey is going to be okay after she had surgery.


November 22, 2016:  School bus driver Johnthony Walker was arrested and charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving while transporting children Woodmore Elementary School children said “Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher.”

A school bus slammed into a tree and split apart Monday, killing at least six children in Chattanooga, Tennessee, officials said.

“Certainly, speed is being investigated very, very strongly as a factor in this crash,” Fletcher said, adding that the investigation was still at an early stage.  He added that driving conditions were clear and dry.

Fletcher said “a warrant has been issued to remove the informational box on the school bus and review the video.”  Police said the bus driver is cooperative and talking to investigators.

Allegedly, there were reports that Walker had been reported to the school for excessive speed previously to the deadly accident.



The 405 freeway traffic on Thanksgiving Eve: This picture was taken from an overhead helicopter.  Many have experience the 405 freeway while commuting, but during the holidays seasons traffic can be extremely congested that commuters can be trapped  bumper to bumper for several hours in both directions.  If you are one of the commuters who have experienced holiday traffic, it is earth shattering.

For those who live in the Antelope Valley and the surrounding cities know all to well.  Those who have to pick up family from LAX during the holidays will tell you that it’s not a pleasant one.




Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington.  It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.  Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

Americans commonly trace the Thanksgiving holiday to a 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the settlers held a harvest feast after a successful growing season. Autumn or early winter feasts continued sporadically in later years, first as an impromptu religious observance, and later as a civil tradition.

Squanto, a Patuxet Native American who resided with the Wampanoag tribe, taught the Pilgrims how to catch eel and grow corn and served as an interpreter for them. Squanto had learned the English language during his enslavement in England. The Wampanoag leader Massasoit had given food to the colonists during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient.

The Pilgrims celebrated at Plymouth for three days after their first harvest in 1621. The exact time is unknown, but James Baker, then Plimoth Plantation vice president of research, stated in 1996, “The event occurred between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11, 1621, with the most likely time being around Michaelmas (Sept. 29), the traditional time.” Seventeenth-century accounts do not identify this as a thanksgiving observance, rather it followed the harvest. It included 50 persons who were on the Mayflower (all who remained of the 100 who had landed) and 90 Native Americans.  The feast was cooked by the four adult Pilgrim women who survived their first winter in the New World (Eleanor Billington, Elizabeth Hopkins, Mary Brewster, and Susanna White, along with young daughters and male and female servants).

 “Pilgrims” are often confused with “Puritans”. This sculpture The Pilgrim by Augustus St. Gaudens is based on his earlier work The Puritan

Two colonists gave personal accounts of the 1621 feast in Plymouth. The Pilgrims, most of whom were Separatists (English Dissenters), are not to be confused with Puritans, who established their own Massachusetts Bay Colony on the Shawmut Peninsula (current day Boston) in 1630. Both groups were strict Calvinists, but differed in their views regarding the Church of England. Puritans wished to remain in the Anglican Church and reform it, while the Pilgrims wanted complete separation from the church.



Galilee Mission Baptist Church invites you to our 4th Annual Bible Training Union (BTU) Program.


 December 10, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.
December 11,  2016 at   3:30 P.M.

Competition will be: Books of the Bible (Forward/backward), King and Queen of the Chair, Bible Drill; (find me?) Bible Password. Lunch provided after competition. Awards will be presented following the invitation on the BTU program night.

Please RSVP Minister Leonard Grimes at 661-674-5202