Valdosta Daily Times


March 17, 2013

All things Irish today

VALDOSTA — Today, March 17, is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not a major holiday in most areas of the country, although Savannah has a huge parade every year. But Savannah never misses the opportunity to throw a party.

Many in the South can claim a bit of the Irish though, as one in 10 Americans is of Irish heritage. Although the bulk of the immigrants during the potato famine came through Ellis Island and settled in the North, many sought opportunities all along the eastern seaboard, and through sheer numbers, their offspring have spread around the region.

St. Patrick’s Day was an Irish Catholic holiday during Lent, but as the melting pot of the world, America took to the holiday and made it its own, especially when the Irish became an important voting block.

You may find green beer in the area, along with corned beef and cabbage, the traditional St. Paddy’s meal, but you’ll doubtfully find much more than that as it seems to be celebrated mostly by college students and those, like Savannahnians, who never miss the chance to have a party.

So if you want to observe the day, you can wear green, eat green food, wear a shamrock, watch an Irish movie, dream of leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows, or simply wish your Irish friends well. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Business Roundup

A new Dollar General is being built on Northside Drive. I’ve had a couple of calls about the site since the end of last week, and so for those who called, you will soon have a new store near you.

The new Waffle House on Baytree Road is really moving fast. It was not much more than a bare lot about two weeks ago, and now the building is nearly finished. It’s located down from Jerry Jones/Lankford close to Manny’s Subs.

The new Egg & I restaurant is getting ready to open on Monday, April 8, and I understand they are still hiring.

Elkins Constructors opened a new office in Valdosta last week. They are working on some projects in the city so have expanded into Valdosta now.

Everyone seems really excited that the new Publix is open off Inner Perimeter. It had its grand opening last week and the new HeritageBank of the South across the street had its grand opening on Thursday this week for its new main branch.

The new Italian restaurant on Norman Drive near Cheddars should be breaking ground soon. It’s a franchise called Gondoliers.

The two new tractor places out on North Valdosta Road seem to be busy spots these days.

There is a new business coming to Remerton soon, but until I get more details, I can’t announce it yet.

The JC Penney in the mall, the Red Lobster right outside of the mall, and the Waffle House down the road on St. Augustine are all undergoing pretty major remodeling projects right now. All are open through the construction though.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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