30 May 2016

Bar Harbor, ME, Makes 2016 Smithsonian Magazine List of Best Small Towns to Visit

Smithsonian Magazine recently released its annual list of the twenty best small towns (population under 20,000) to visit in the United States. This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, their selections "are all towns close to America's natural splendors" (one of which is Bar Harbor, Maine - portions of Acadia National Park are located in the town).

To access the complete Smithsonian report, please visit:

Smithsonian: The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016

Background information:

National Park Service

National Park Service: Acadia National Park ("The First Eastern National Park")

Acadia National Park Centennial 2016

Wikipedia: Bar Harbor, Maine

Town of Bar Harbor

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf's Good Food Truck Ministry

"Levi Tucker, 3½, ordered dinner Wednesday evening at a food truck in his Burlington neighborhood. Held to truck-window height by his father, Levi asked for beef curry, which was served with vegetables and coconut rice. Levi also wanted salad, and was pleased it came with tomatoes.

"He ate with his parents on a patch of grass at Northgate Apartments in the New North End.

"When the meal was over, or over from the point of a toddler, Levi had this to say: 'I liked some of the food.'  His father, Travis Tucker, also ordered beef curry – and ate every morsel of his dinner and his son's leftovers, too.

"The family’s dinner was courtesy of the Good Food Truck, a venture of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf that serves free, hot dinners to people who might lack access to nutritional meals."

A recent Burlington Free Press article profiled the Good Food Truck ministry the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Burlington, Vermont.

To access the complete Burlington Free Press report, please visit:

Burlington Free Press: Food truck serves up a social mission with meals (28 MAY 16)

Background information

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

Wikipedia: Chittenden County, Vermont

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save"

As our Memorial Day observance continues, I offer this version of John B. Dykes' "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" (also known as the Navy Hymn):

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, a day designated to commemorate the men and women who died while in the military service.

We lift up to the Lord the souls of each of these men and women. We also thank Him, and them, for their sacrifice.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
                  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

YouTube: Memorial Day 2011 - Freedom Isn't Free

Presidential Proclamation: Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2016

Paul Greenberg: Remembering, We Forget (30 MAY 11)

Related posts:

Lop Notes: A Third Grade Song (3 MAY 10)

Lop Notes: Memorial Day Tribute (29 MAY 10)

Lop Notes: Additional Memorial Day Reflections (30 MAY 10)

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the sacrifice of those who gave their lives to defend the freedoms and ideals we cherish in the United States.

Msgr. Pope on Memorial Day

"What is honor? The full etymology of the word is debated, but what seems most likely is that it comes from the Latin word honos, which, though translated as 'honor,' also points to the word 'onus,' which means 'weight' or refers to something heavy. Hence, to honor someone is to appreciate the weight, significance, or burden of something he has done. It is to acknowledge that he carried a great burden well, that he withstood a heavy load, that what he did was weighty, significant.

"For many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer. To others, it's a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of our country, those who carried a great burden so that many of us did not have to."

In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on Memorial Day and on the importance or remembering those who gave their lives in the service of our nation.

To access Msgr. Pope's complete post, please visit:

Community in Mission: Remember! On Memorial Day (29 MAY 16)

Reflection Starter from John F. Kennedy

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy