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Marilyn Hagerty: The thankful season begins

We've heard what the politicians have to say. We, the public, are finishing up the task of telling them what we think at the polls.

And a spirit of thankfulness falls over the land. Here in Grand Forks, the organ transplant group LifeSource is beginning its meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Jude's room with an entrance on the west side of St. Michael's Church.

Sally Jacobson, who is LifeSource Ambassador, was 61 years old when she received her liver from an 82-year-old donor. Now, at 74, she says her liver has celebrated its 95th birthday.

And Jacobson is hoping for others who have received or have given organs to gather on Wednesday.

Each year, North Dakota transplant recipients are invited to participate in decorating ornaments for the Hall of Trees in Bismarck. The Christmas Tree project in the state Capitol brings awareness. It is a reminder of thankfulness of transplant recipients of organ, eye, tissue, stem cell and bone marrow.

As LifeSource Ambassador here, Jacobson is willing to visit churches. Her telephone number is (218) 779-5429. She says more than 3,500 in the Upper Midwest are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

And she is willing to see that ornaments are placed on the tree at the Capitol. She needs to receive the ornaments before Nov. 16.

This Sunday has been designated National Donor Sabbath.

Pumpkin pie

This week would be as good as any to revive a club started years ago. It's WOCSUTO. The letters stand for "We Object to Christmas Shopping Until Thanksgiving is Over."

Really.

November is the month for remembering the veterans. It is the time for turkeys to have their last fling. It is the wind-down season for church dinners featuring lutefisk and lefse.

It's the best time for pumpkin pie.

And the time for hockey to wind up.

Tuesday, hoops fans will have a chance to see the UND men's basketball team in action. The game with Northland College begins at 7 p.m. in The Betty.

On to Pisek

Meanwhile, the tradition of selling candy for the holidays is off and running at nearby Pisek, N.D. Last year, they sold close to 6 tons of candy at the J-Mart. That's a family business run by Francis and Dominic Jelinek. It got started after World War II.

Francis Jelinek says it's getting tougher to buy candy by bulk. But he says, "We keep going."

The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It's closed Sunday and on Thanksgiving Day.

On my map, Pisek is just a fingernail south of Park River, N.D.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.com or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.