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Dave Richards for January 15th….…………



--Now that we are firmly set into the new year, let’s have a holiday!  Yes, nobody planned it this way, but Monday is the holiday we commemorate the birthday of a man who sacrificed much to change much.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


  A dedicated committee of caring individuals has been working to put on four full days of events, beginning this Friday the 17th and concluding on Monday the 20th.  For a full listing, check the news section on the front page of our website, www.WoonsocketRadio.com.



--After MLK Day is Superbowl Sunday.  And though our Patriots will be watching the game along with us, you just know whichever teams are playing will be the top teams in the league.  Yes, they say that on ‘any given Sunday’ any team can beat any other team.  But the teams who actually do it, (win) can only be described as ‘special’.  Or, in this case, “Super”. 


  My pick?  Well, I don’t really know enough about the game to have a real pick, but I know I want the Tennessee Titans to win.  The reason is simple.  The Titans beat the Patriots.  And I don’t want my team to have been beaten by just another team.  No, if I have my way and if my team loses, I would much rather to have been beaten by the best team in the league.  There’s no shame being beaten in the early rounds by the team who takes the Championship Crown.



--Right after the big football game will come Mardi Gras festivities in Woonsocket.  The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts is hard at work organizing two great events in February.  King Jace, the Mysterious Monarch of the Woonsocket Mardi Gras, has been selected and you’ll be seeing clues within the week and getting your chance to take a guess which well-known man is playing the part this year.  The prize is different this year, the winner will receive two free tickets to the Mardi Gras Ball on the 22nd at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center.


  But right now as King Jace romps around the valley taking pictures at familiar landmarks to go along with the clues we’ll publish, the real heavy-lifting is being done by a group of young women who are selling hundreds of tickets to everyone they meet.  These are the women competing to become Queen of the Mardi Gras in a ceremony to be held the Sunday before the Ball, February 16th at Savini’s Pomodoro restaurant in Woonsocket.  There are prizes to be won, and in addition to reigning over the Mardi Gras with King Jace and riding with him in the Autumnfest Parade this fall, the Queen’s first duty after being crowned that day will be to unmask King Jace and find out who he really is.


  It’s all great fun!



--We certainly have enough going on to distract us from the vicissitudes of winter weather, that’s for sure.  Speaking of which, an increasing number of my friends and neighbors are wintering in warmer climates like Florida these days.  But the winters here in Rhode Island are becoming more and more tolerable, in my view.  Really.  Don’t you seem to remember who we lost sight of the grass sometime in December and the storms just kept coming and coming until Spring came in March when ‘mud season’ began.  I’m certainly not complaining that we’ve had a number of comparatively mild winters in this century.  I’m just hoping Mother Nature doesn’t try to make up for lost time over the next couple of months.



--Regardless of what the weather brings, I can always recharge myself with my Winter Mantra……….


C’mon, April!



--That's what I think. What do you think? Comments to: dave@onworldwide.com or postal mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895-6332.  Thanks for reading.





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