MARTINS FERRY — The Knights of Columbus annual Easter flower sale is underway outdoors of the Ferry Ironmongery shop, 6 S. Zane Freeway, Martins Ferry.
Ok of C member Stanley Gdula, who has organized the sale for the previous 15 years, mentioned the sale is likely one of the group’s greatest fundraisers, together with its fish frys.
The flower sale didn’t occur final 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however it’s occurring from 10 a.m. to four:30 p.m. at this time and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The fish frys are anticipated to restart someday in Could. Gross sales from each the flower sale and fish frys assist assist the group’s bills and provides it the money wanted to make donations to neighborhood teams.
The Knights additionally give donations to St. Mary Church, which is situated throughout the road from its headquarters on Fourth Road.
“That’s the place all of us go,” Ok of C member Bruce Tratar mentioned of attending church providers. “It is a Catholic group.”
The Ok of C additionally yearly donates to the town Fourth of July fireworks show, which is often placed on by the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce. Additionally they donate cash to the Coats for Children program at Christmastime.
Gdula mentioned the Ok of C ordered about 270 pots of perennial flowers together with tulips, lilies, hyacinths and daffodils.
“Hyacinths are the most well-liked,” he mentioned.
The Knights’ flower sale obtained considerably of a late begin on Wednesday. It was supposed to start at midday, however the flowers didn’t arrive from the grower till about 1:30 p.m. The grower’s truck was caught in site visitors on Interstate 70 brought on by a automobile accident.
The daring, healthy-looking flowers have been grown by Strader’s Backyard Heart of Grove Metropolis, Ohio.
“I get them organized in February. They’ve an enormous greenhouse,” Gdula mentioned, including the Knights can take money or a verify on the sale.
The Knights of Columbus, which has councils throughout the nation, was based in 1882 by the Rev. Michael McGivney in Connecticut.
“Late-19th century Connecticut was marked by the rising fraternal profit societies, anti-Catholic prejudice and harmful manufacturing unit working circumstances that left many households fatherless. Recognizing a necessity in his neighborhood, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a gaggle of males at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay group to stop Catholic males from coming into secret societies antithetical to Church educating, uniting Catholic males and serving to households of deceased members,” in keeping with the Knights’ web site, www.kofc.org.
“To reveal their loyalty to their nation in addition to their religion, these males took Christopher Columbus — acknowledged as a Catholic and celebrated because the discoverer of America – as their patron. The Knights of Columbus elected officers in February 1882 and assumed company standing on March 29.”
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