The modern holiday we call Thanksgiving originated  in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. One day in late November, some men in Plymouth had gone out “fowling” and had shot a number of birds, most likely geese and ducks, which was enough food to last the colony about a week.

The following day some 90 Wampanoag (a Massachusetts tribe) arrived unexpectedly at the gates of Plymouth. The Wampanoag were allowed into Plymouth, and brought venison with them, which the settlers there cooked along with fowl, fish, eels, shellfish, vegetables and beer. The feast lasted for two days and probably occurred with people sitting outside on the ground. Despite the poor ability of the groups to communicate, the feast resulted in the creation of a treaty between the two groups that lasted for 55 years, until it was sadly broken by the bloody and atrocious King Philip’s War.

For a time, Thanksgiving days were held in New England as regular celebrations of accomplishments such as victory in war. When the Constitution was created, a national Thanksgiving was established, though this was repealed in 1798 and it was left to the states to decide whether to celebrate the holiday. Southerners disliked Thanksgiving initially, as it was a New England tradition.

Thanksgiving again became a national holiday on Oct. 3, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared it should be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 26. From then on, the president would declare every year the date on which Thanksgiving should be celebrated. Typically they chose the last Thursday of November, although there were some exceptions.

In 1942, Franklin Roosevelt permanently changed the date of Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November, where it remains to this day. In the modern day, Thanksgiving is a very popular and ubiquitous tradition, celebrated throughout the United States and in a slightly altered form in Canada.

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The Mount View Chamber Singers will perform at Freedom Congregational Church at 7 p.m on Nov. 30. They will perform at Liberty Baptist Church on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Mount View High School is hosting its annual craft sale on Dec. 3, starting at 9 a.m and ending at 3 p.m.

The Montville Historical Society will hold its annual Wreath Sale on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wreaths should be pre-ordered by calling Barbara at 589-4414 or emailing her at All wreaths must be picked up on Dec. 4 at the Kingdom Schoolhouse, 414 Center Road in Montville. They will be offering 12″ wreaths for $18 decorated, $12 plain with a bow, or $10 plain, to raise funds for preservation, education, and building projects. The Kingdom Schoolhouse Museum will be open for visitors, and refreshments will be available. 2023 Historical calendars will also be available for $10. (Members pay $7 for their first calendar.)

2023 Mount View Alumni Recognition

The personal and professional accomplishments of previous Mount View graduates will encourage present-day students to reach for the stars! Nomination forms for the 2023 Alumni Recognition Award are due at the Mount View High School office no later than Jan. 6, 2023. Anyone may make a nomination. To receive more information, requirements, and the application form, please email or leave a message at 568-4640 to receive a hard copy.

The Montville Select Board is looking to hire a new transfer station attendant to work every third Saturday. Go to the Montville Maine website to apply.

The Union Harvest Grange in Montville will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.