Happy Birthday today to Kelsie Murray, Riley Templeton, Jann Johnson, Kevin Biddle, Brandy Bradley and Marla Crawford; and tomorrow to Michelle Lahr, Michele Sade, twins Matt and Mike Shambaugh, R.J. Meeks and Kyle Meinika; to Anna Jane Skinner, Donna Jean Reichert and Darlene Crawford on the 10th; twins Tara Pettigrew and Heather Bruce Hare on the 11th; Harriet Metz, Everett Liggett Jr. and Payton Summers on the 12th; Wayne Gibson on the 13th; Jean Baughman, Ruth Lane and Cameron Pulley on the 14th.

Happy Anniversary to Jon and Julie Turla on the 12th; Stacy and R.T. Refeld on the 13th; and Robert and Bernice Love on the 14th.

Other reasons to celebrate this week include Boy Scout Day today; tomorrow is Pizza Day; Cream Cheese Brownie Day is the 10th; Make-A-Friend Day is the 11th; Abe Lincoln’s Birthday is the 12th; Tortellini Day is the 13th; and of course Valentine’s Day is the 14th — but its also Cream Filled Chocolate Day, which works out pretty well too.

The Catholic church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine — all were martyred. One on the defied Emperor Claudius II and married people in secret, after the Emperor outlawed married men serving in the military. Another legend suggests that an imprisoned Valentine sent the first greeting after he fell in love with a young girl who often visited him (possibly his jailor’s daughter) during his confinement. He signed the greeting “from your Valentine.” By the middle ages, he would become one of the most popular saints in England and France. While all the legends are murky on the facts, all of them emphasize his sympathetic, heroic and romantic nature. Whichever you believe — enjoy your Valentine’s Day with those you love best, and remember to be safe out there.

Tina Biddle lives near Churubusco with her Valentine of many years, Kevin. Send birthday and anniversary updates to her directly at lilgiz44@yahoo.com.

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