Message from the Mayor
Today is a national holiday in many countries of the “Americas” and celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s October 12, 1492 arrival in the Americas. In the United States it is known as “Columbus Day”, in many Latin American countries as “Dia de la Raza”. The day is also celebrated in Spain and Italy.
The first state to make an official state holiday designation was Colorado in 1905, the federal holiday designation came in 1937. In 1970 President Johnson signed into law a bill that moved the observance of Columbus Day from the 12th of October to the second Monday in October. Coincidentally the same day as the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada.
While looking into the “Columbus Day” trash collection matter I began to wonder the history of the observance and designation of the day. So I began to Google and read various articles new and old. I learned the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont do not recognize the day at all; however Hawaii, South Dakota and Vermont mark the day as an alternative holiday or with an alternative observance. Hawaii celebrates “Discoverer’s Day”, a commemoration of the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii. Interestingly however, The State of Hawaii does not recognize Discoverer’s Day as a legal holiday. The State of South Dakota designated the day as an official state holiday known as “Native American Day”. The States of California and Texas have removed the designation of the day as a paid holiday for government workers and have designated it as a day of recognition.
“Columbus Day” originated as a celebration of Italian-American Heritage and the celebrations of such have changed over the years since the holidays inception. New York City marked the 300th anniversary of the Columbus landing in 1792, and continues to celebrate the day with a large parade and other citywide events. The day is also marked by many with protests against the legacy of Columbus.
They say that everyday is a day of learning, and I know I’ve learned multiple new things Google’ing this topic today. I hope that everyone is enjoying Fall, which is where I’m heading now.
Recycling and Trash Pickup, Oct. – Dec. 2017
After resident feedback that it was not addressed in the recent Village Newsletter, I reached out to We-Care Transportation today to inquire if today, Columbus Day, would be a holiday that affected our normal Tuesday recycling and trash collection. It is not.
As a result of my conversation with them, I put together this calendar indicating recycling and trash collection for the balance of the year.
Independence Day is one of the important days in the history of this country. Celebrated with great pomp and circumstance through numerous events organized in celebration of our great country and her history. It is an opportunity to remember the struggles and spirit of our nations forefathers and the countless others whom made our freedom possible. As you view the flag waving, and the flowers smiling, remember those brave individuals who continue to sacrifice on our behalf defending our freedom and salute their courage and faith.
If you are going to a parade, concert, some other public event or a gathering of family enjoy this historic national holiday to its fullest in a safe and responsible manner. On behalf of the Village of Cayuga, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July.
William Sherman, Mayor