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. Ukiah Daily ournal r . Lifestyle Secrets to using up those turkey leftovers. • Page 3 ©1997 Donrey Media Group 20 pages, Volume 139 Number 198 50 cents tax included IVtiENDOCINdCdtiNTlT' Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997 ~l THE TRADITIONS OF THANKSGIVING By LEEANN LAMBERT The Daily Journal hat people do for Thanksgiving is as varied as the people who celebrate - and that's just the way we like it. For example, some spend the day in a football stadium cheering on their favorite teams while others are happy staying at home being armchair quarterba*cks. And there are those who plan and participate in their own annual touch- football games affectionately called "turkey bowls." While Americans think of Thanksgiving as a time to give thanks and be grateful for all they have, the holiday also conjures up images of huge cartoon character parade balloons floating down New York streets as marching bands play seasonal songs. That all happens on television in the morning as the feast cooks. Then comes the meal - the traditional Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings where you and your relatives and friends enjoy the one time a year it is socially acceptable to overeat. The day is often finished off by watching more football on TV plus any holiday specials or movies people might want to see. Declared a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrims and the Indians happened more than 200 years before Lincoln made it an official American holiday. And for over three centuries, Thanksgiving has been observed, creating a long and an enduring legacy. .Here are some of the ways Barbara Vasconcellos/The Daily Journal A Thanksgiving cornucopia filled with seasonal fruits and berries; serves, as a centerpiece foV thl Thanksgiving table. Using the cornucop.a is traditional at this time of the year. people say they celebrate Thanksgiving. F ^ . One family places five kernels of corn by each table place setting in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving. Before eating their turkey dinner, each person expresses one thing for which he or she is thankful for each kernel beside the plate. The corn is a reminder of how the Indians helped the pilgrims learn to plant corn and how it was one of their main food staples. • Many groups of family and friends gather to offer a special Thanksgiving prayer before their holiday meal. • Additionally, at many Thanksgiving gatherings, everyone present will tell one another one thing they are grateful for. A grandfather whose family traditionally did this, was shocked one year by his family's emphasis on things like big-screen televisions and slick, new bikes. Disappointed, he went into another room and quickly made cards on which he wrote down the things they had said as well as things he had hoped they would have said like faith, family and love Diana Perry's third- grade class at Oak Manor School celebrated Thanksgiving by making place mats; here, Yazmin Mendoza finishes hers. Murder suspect worked for MCOE By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal James Nivette, the man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and leaving their child wandering the streets of San Bruno, has been a consultant for Mendocino County's Even Start Family Literacy program the last three years. "He was a very professional person. Very helpful. And he did the job and he did it in a professional and friendly way," said Mendocino County's Even Start Director Roberta Valdez. She said she was surprised by his arrest for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Gina Barnett, 25, for one another. ... He gathered his family, including grandchildren beginning in the third grade and up, around the family's big dining table. They started from youngest to oldest, one by one, taking out those things that people were thankful for, but which were less important than others. See THANKSGIVING, Page 20 in Folsom. Barnett's body was found Nov. 18. She'd been shot 13 times at the former couple's condominium. The day before, their 18-month-old toddler was found wandering the streets of San Bruno, where Nivette is believed to have dropped him off before catching a plane to France. Nivette, a former psychologist whose license was revoked in 1995 for having sex with clients, was a consultant for a number of county schools offices, Valdez said. "He has been an Even Start See NIVETTE, Page 20 Storm slams into state, makes travel treacherous Problems few in Ukiah, coast residents lose power By DAN McKEE The DaHy Journal and The Associated Press A fierce Pacific storm clobbered California Wednesday, sweeping five teen-agers into a rain-swollen river, making pre- holiday travel treacherous along wreckage-strewn freeways and delaying flights in and out of major airports. A boy and girl, both 15, were pulled from the roiling Rio Hondo near the Southern California city of Whittier by a rescue team about 9:30 a.m., county fire Inspector Mark Tolbert said. They were hospitalized for exposure. Three others were last seen gasping before they disappeared beneath churning runoff from the Thanksgiving Eve tempest. Two 14-year-old girls and a 17-year- old boy were clutching each other as they were carried away by the 35 mph current. Elsewhere, the untimely weather delayed flights during one of the busiest travel days of the year. San Francisco International Airport had delays of up to two hours when rain cut incoming flights in half. Travel by highway was risky. See STORM, Page 20 CHP urges holiday drivers to use care The DaHy Journal With the Thanksgiving holiday here, the California Highway Patrol is urging drivers to review basic driving skills before leaving on holiday trips. According to Ukiah Area CHP Commander Sgt. Ronald Carfi, "We want people to enjoy their holiday trips by avoiding potential problems that can crop up when bad driving habits control their driving." The CHP offered several suggestions for holiday drivers: 1. Make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition -especially safety equipment (lights, brakes, tires, wiper blades, etc.). 2. Start early and allow plenty of time to complete your trip. 3. Always buckle up and make sure all your passengers do, too. 4. Share behind-the-wheel responsibility with other drivers accompanying you. A well-rested driver is a safe See DRIVING, Page 20 Merry Ann Rea's third-grade class at Oak Manor hadla feast of thankful soup and is preparing to put on a play for their parents about how smart turkeys really are. The play is a special treat to show their parents how thankful the children are for the families they have. Man sought in brother's shooting The Daily Journal Mendocino County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man suspected of shooting his brother in Philo late Tuesday night. "We're still looking for him," said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Kevin Broin. Felix Soto, 24, of Philo, is suspected of shooting his brother, Roberto Soto, 32, in the abdomen during an argument at around 11 p.m., he said Wednesday. Broin said Roberto Soto underwent surgery at Ukiah Valley Medical Center Wednesday morning. He was listed in stable condition Wednesday afternoon. Felix Soto is being sought on attempted murder charges. 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