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Easter holiday uplifting

Spring is arriving tomorrow, the weather has warmed up, and Easter is nearly upon us being celebrated Sunday.

All certainly reasons to lift the spirits.

Easter is an interesting holiday in that it moves around and doesn't always fall on the same date, i.e. the saying we've been hearing frequently, "Easter is so early this year."

There's a reason for that.

Easter is termed a moveable holiday because it is not fixed in relation to the civic calendar. This dating is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on the Roman calendar.

Easter always falls at some point between late March and late April each year, following the cycle of the moon, more specifically always falling on the first Sunday after the first fourteenth day of the moon (the Paschal full moon) that is on or after March 21 (the ecclesiastical spring, or vernal, equinox.)

Probably more information than anyone needs to know or cares about, but the case nonetheless.

It appears that the holiday's timing this year should be perfect for the Easter bunny to make his rounds spreading the spirit of the day to young and old alike.

Speaking of the Easter spirit, I couldn't help but be uplifted Monday night as City Commissioners concluded their meeting with a special thank you to City employees for their role in the benefit held two weeks ago for fellow employee Dorinda Anderson, who is awaiting her second kidney transplant.

The words went something like this: "Thank you to the City staff for coordinating Dorinda's benefit. You need to be applauded for the work you did. It shows just how close we are as a community."


Hats off to a wonderful group of people who showed caring and compassion in a time of need, not only to their fellow employee, but their friend as well.

After all, responding with kindness and compassion is the mettle West Fargo residents are made of.

What a wonderful attribute we are so lucky to claim as a community and what a wonderful message as a preface to the Easter holiday.