In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.
The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.
When Catherine Beeston went to look at the dogs at Greenhill Humane Society, something happened.
"They give me the paperwork, and I can't fill out that form, and my hands start to shake and my blood sugar - I started to sweat, which is usually an indication to me that my blood sugar's dropping," she recalled. "It got really bad."
She wasn't the only one who noticed.
As Beeston's blood sugar dropped, she happened to be visiting with a dog named Claire
"She just kind of turned her head and was looking at me with the oddest ... that look of, 'What the - what is wrong with you, human?'" Beeston recalled.
Coverage of the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. followed at 5:30 p.m. by the main attraction: the Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers.
Police discovered a woman's body at a motel last weekend. A death investigation is in progress.
A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.
There are plenty of places where you and the family can work up an appetite before that Thanksgiving feast.
And a few places around town are offering families a Thanksgiving morning workout.
As your flower bed and veggie patch goes dormant, many green thumbs simply forget about getting their hands dirty for a few months.
By building your very own greenhouse, however, you can create your own winter workstation.
Tap water may appear cloudy but is safe to drink after a water main break sent 500,000 gallons blasting out a break in a pipe.
A vehicle hit a pedestrian on Highway 58 about 8 miles east of Pleasant Hill on Wednesday, Oregon State Police said.
Once again, freshman Lexi Bando played beyond her years, racking up a career high 18 points and three assists, leading Oregon to the win in a nail-biter over Portland State, 63-56.