Mother’s Day is May 10 this year, a day set aside annually to honor mothers, motherhood, and the influence of mothers in society. In the United States, this day of honor started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis of West Virginia held a memorial service for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, W.Va. That church is the home of the International Mother’s Day Shrine.


It wasn’t until 1911 that all US states celebrated the holiday and in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May to be a national holiday to honor mothers. While some countries have adopted the United States holiday, many more continue to celebrate their traditional dates to honor motherhood.


What do moms want more than anything? Appreciation and respect every day. But, if you ask them about what they’d like for Mother’s Day, Mom will say, “Something created by the hands of my children.”


A colorful crayon doodle card, a decorated clothespin coupon clip or a hand-drawn coupon “Good for 10 Trash Take Outs”, the item itself is of less importance than the love behind it. Clean her car, weed the garden, clean up your room! Make her breakfast or lunch or dinner and give her the day off. The ideas are as endless as the stars – just make the woman who mothers you feel special, no matter how old you are.


County Line Market


The County Line Market is open again just in time for their awesome Silver Queen corn, expected to harvest in May. Be safe and keep them safe, too. Wear your face covering and keep your distance while shopping for your vegetables. Be courteous, patient, and enjoy the beautiful area. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with hours and produce available.


Thank you


A gigantic thank you goes out to Epic Cure, Hastings Rotary members, and all the volunteers who helped with the community food giveaways in April. You “Masked Heroes” made a huge difference for more than 200 families at each event. Follow Epic Cure on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EpicCureCharity/ to stay current with distributions and needs.


The Rotary Club of Hastings which was chartered in 1927 is meeting online via a secure Zoom chat room twice a month. Their speaker meeting at 6 pm on the third Thursday of each month is open to anyone who may be interested, so email them at HastingsFLRC@gmail.com for information.


Notes


The Shepherd’s Haven Food Pantry is open for curbside distribution from 2-4 p.m. Mondays. The pantry is in the W.E. Harris Center, 400 E. Harris Street, Hastings.


Work has begun on the FPL solar energy farm site on CR 305 in Elkton. The Trailside Solar Energy Center will be home to an estimated 300,000 solar panels that will add to the growing solar energy system grid. The FPL company goal is to be the second largest solar energy producer in the US by 2021.


Resources: Sign up for Alert St Johns for County information regarding all sorts of public safety information, including weather alerts. Visit https://www.sjso.org/community-resources/alert-st-johns/. There is no fee for this service.


Complete your Census survey online: visit https://2020CenSus.gov / or, call 844-330-2020. This is how YOU get a say in the spending of your federal tax dollars that will impact the quality of life in your community for the next ten years! If anyone contacts you and asks for any banking, tax or personal information like a Social Security number, they are not from the U.S. Census Bureau, so don’t speak with them.


Help for low-middle income workers without a paycheck may be possible. Please contact www.StJohnsCareConnect.com/eoc.


St. Johns County COVID-19 Resident Assistance Hotline is 904-209-1250 and is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To submit your inquiry by email, send to housing@sjcfl.us.


The St. Johns County COVID-19 Business Assistance Hotline is 904-209-6050 and is also open from 8 am to 5 pm, Mon – Friday. The email contact is ecodev@sjcfl.us.


The Citizens Information Hotline at the EOC is active between 8 am and 6 pm, 7 days a week at 904-824-5550 for information regarding closures, cancellations and current county COVID-19 guidelines.


Contact Nancy Quatrano at nancy@nlquatrano.com by 5 p.m. on Fridays if you have information for the column. Put “Hastings” in the subject line.