Lots of laughs once again in our local news. I thought it was the job of the news to publish the truth. That is why frankly you cannot believe everything that you read, or see for that matter. The front page of the Southbridge News showed a picture of Albanian dancers, with a caption that read "CELEBRATING ALBANIA." The Albanian annual event was held on Sunday, and the youthful dancers are brought in for entertainment, as the majority of parishioners there can only remember when. That is if they still can remember! I'm sure when they got their paper today, they were as surprised as we were at seeing the Albanian picnic was held at St. Michael's Romanian Orthodox Church, which is just a stones throw away and off of Morris Street. I thought it was the job of an editor to review the paper before it goes to print. I shouldn't be so tough on the editor, normally I wouldn't even mention it, but this is the second time the error has occurred. The mistake was also made last year.
St. Michael's parish and church picnic will be held in July, and we are all looking forward to enjoying lamb the way it should be done. I must admit that the dancers were a nice touch. We will also be having some great entertainment along with the traditional dancers.
Luckily the St. Nicholas Parish picnic was a successful event and not one drop of rain fell while I attended.
Still, I find it laughable that an Albanian picnic was held at a Romanian Church. What they did get right was "Orthodox Church." There are three Orthodox Church structures in Southbridge. One is of the Greek ethnicity, one Albanian, and one of Romanian decent. These churches are found on three separate streets. Maybe we have to send the Southbridge News pictures to clear this up. Let's see, under the caption it read, Shawn Kelley photo. Maybe Shawn is not from Southbridge. People who were born here are familiar with all of our churches, and we have many of them.
Perhaps, this will continue until someone brings this situation to light. Otherwise, the people who read the "rag," (I wonder why?) and that is what it is affectionately referred to, will continue the course, and we may have to wait and see if "three is a charm."
Oh don't be mad, so they made an honest mistake, what else is new? Besides, we could look at the bright side, that we both got the publicity on this one. Isn't that what counts?
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