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Saint Patrick’s Day has a lengthy history

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Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, lit.‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. (Wikipedia)

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because he died on this day in 461 AD. St. Patrick didn’t have Irish heritage nor was he born in Ireland.
His parents were Roman. It is believed he was born in either the area that would be modern-day Britain or Wales or Scotland.

He later returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary in 433 AD to convert the Irish to Christian and to Minister the already Christians living there. His mission was so successful that St Patrick reportedly baptized 12,000 people all in one day near Killala. The Christian Church of Ireland was even founded by St Patrick. In the United States, there are over 450 churches named after St. Patrick.
About 34 to 36 million Americans have Irish ancestry. Of those millions, only around 144,588 people were born in Ireland. Irish is the second most reported ancestry in the United States behind German.

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Dancing to the Stars video

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Eric Steinkopff and Christie Craddock perform “Made you look” at Dancing to the Stars 2023. See photos and coverage in the mid-week Bowie News. This couple won the People’s Choice Award. Please click on the red box arrow to watch this brief video.

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CASA Red River plans ‘Flirty ’40s’ fundraiser for April 15

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Court Appointed Special Advocates celebrates their 40th anniversary serving the Red River area and will host a “Flirty ‘40s” party on April 15 at the Forum in Wichita Falls to mark the event and raise funds for the program.
The night will be filled with music from the Special Edition Band, food, desserts, a bar, prizes and casino games including poker, craps, blackjack and more. This fundraiser has been presented since 2017.
There are various sponsorship levels from platinum at $1,500 to gold at $600. General admission is $125. The party will be at the Forum. To learn more call CASA’s office at 940-766-0552 or stop by 808 Austin Street.
Proceeds go to the expenses of volunteers, office operations and essentially keeping the doors open and the volunteers on the road to help children.
CASA was established in Wichita Falls in 1983 and other communities have been added to its service area, including Montague County in 2017. CASA partnered with the Montague County Child Welfare Board several years ago to purchase a property that services as Patsy’s House in Bowie. Youngsters and their families can meet with CASA staff and law enforcement in a safe, non-threatened environment as possible abuse cases are investigated. Training also takes place in this office.

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Bowie City Council to consider infrastructure work, new Selma Park host

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Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on March 27 to consider a variety of topics from a Selma Park host and an infrastructure project for a new business.
A request from Public Works Director Stony Lowrance will see $25,000 from the infrastructure fund for a water line to serve the new Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store at 1601 State Highway 59.
City Manager Bert Cunningham said they will tap into an eight-inch line at Roach using a six to provide service for a new fire hydrant.
The present hydrant is on a four-inch line which is not allowed today according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Cunningham said in the future the service could tap into the larger line, but he anticipates for now it will service the fire hydrant.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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