Aiken Standard, January 1, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 01, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 1, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina M ■k-■ } I' IClUIOlllU KirDSatuiUay January 1,201 i Today*^vyéatlier Vol. 145, No. 1Yolir Local Soiirct^ Sincc^ 186/ S5SSSSS www.aiken8tandard.com ===== 500I Aiken students »Hie Nutcracker* North Aiken Elementary I music students ; the stage before ihofiday break for one If their niK)st ambitious j)rojects ever - "The Nut-|3FackerSulte."|3A Line your pockets this New Year Local restaurants serve up Southern tradition of peas, collard greensRommiibfir to donate ■wmiiviinwi w iewiiwiiw biood tültíj^ ^n^ii^st ^ Holíday weekends niean incneased demand for blood, and Shepeard Community Blood Centers ^ working to keep local jlbspital^ weH stocked for the new year. 12A (iMm im,nston MlMradSirftSr j^Scot^ Aiken Deaths and Funerals 16ABy SUZANNE R. STONE Staff writer Many Aikenites are bringing in tfie New Year in classic Southern style - with a meal of black-eyed peas, bitter greens and combread, hoppin' John, ham hocks, macaroni and cheese, or some combination of those dishes. "You always eat black-eyed peas because it brings you cents, and greens because it brings you dollars," said Keith Herrón, chef at Maxine's . Restaurant on Laurens Street. "That's why we've always done it." Auten's Restaurant is offering black-eyed peas, collard greens and combread for a New Year's Day meal special along with the regular menu, though the owners plan to close the restaurant early Saturday. J "We've always had that tradition in our family," said co-owner Sharon Auteii. "People have been asking us aboiut it, or seeing thé sign and saying, 'Good, ^t means I don't have to cook it at home.'" Some sources list the origins of the traditional meal as Woríd rings in 2011 African- cambining the celebration of the Emancipation P^lamation with New Year's Eve and Day observances in special Watch Night services, and with the African-Ameri-can soul food way. Charleston specialty benne wafers are also sometimes included with the New Year's menu as symbolic of coins to come during the new year. Other sources trace the tradition to the Talmudic call for black-eyed peas and spinach at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, for good luck. Another theory holds that during the Civil War, field -peas were what was left to eat in the South after Sherman's March decimated stores of crops and livestock, and the New Yeiar's tradition originated there.PleaM SM TRADITiON, pag« 10A Submitt9d photos Many people celebrate the New Year by dining on black-e^ peas and collard greens. ''You always eat black-eyed peas because it brings you cents, and greens because it brings you dollars." Keith Herrón, chef at Maxine's Restaurant AP photo The sky above the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city center lights up at midnight during the fireworks display to celebrate the New Yiear's Day in Sydney, Australia. Millions gather worldwide to ring in New Year fidvjznt ealgndar eonti^st DEASMNE IS TODAY Seh4 ai, photo df you and your completed tobéeriti^.M« ikenstandanl.com win a $100 W^mart gift card h . . , • ■ .By CIARAN GILES Associated Press MADRID —Dazzling fireworks lit up Australia's Sydney Harbor, communist Vietnam held a rare,. Western-style countdown to the new year, and Japanese revelers released balloons carrying notes with people's hopes and dreams as the world ushered in 2011. In Europe, Greeks, frish and Spaniards planned to party through the night to help put a year of economic woe behind them. And in New York, nearly a million New Year's Eve revelers crammed into Times Square to watch the midnight ball drop, just days after the city got clobbered by a blizzard. People gathered in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square in a chilly drizzle to take part in "Las Uvas," or "Thè Grapes," a tradition in which people eat a grape for each of the 12 chimes of midnight, after which they drink and spray each other witii spariding cava wine. Chewing and swallowing tiiie grapes in time is supposed to bring good luck. Cheating, on the other hand, is frowned on and can bring misfortune. 2010 was a grim year for the European Union, with Greece and freland needing bailouts and countries such as Spain and Portugal finding Aemselves in financial trouble as well. "Before, we used to go out, celebrate in a restaurant, but the last two years we have had to stay at home," said Madrid florist Emestina Blasco, 48. She said her husband, a constmction worker, is out of work. In Greece, thousands spent the last day of 2010 standing in line at tax offices to pay their road tax or sign up for tax amnesty. "We can see that the qu^ity of life is being degraded ev«y day. What can I say? I don't see the light at the end of the tun-. nel," said Gioigos Karantzos of Athens. New Zealanders and South Pacific island nations were among the first to celebrate at midnight. In New Zealand's PlNM Mt NEW YEAR. pi«010A ;

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