Pie makers busy last Saturday

WARRENSBURG Some used paring knives, others had those old fashioned apple corers, but their goal was the same; bake some 200 pies in a day. The Warrensburg Student Council, Junior and Senior Honor societies and the Junior Statesmen of America gathered with friends and relatives early Saturday morning to fill the orders that had been sold for apple pies. The sale is an annual fundraiser for Operation Santa Claus, and with bags full of apples waiting to be peeled, cored and sliced, the volunteers had their hands full. Barb Fish was slicing and dicing with her son, eighth grader Andrew Fish. The conversations around here are kind of cute, she said as she sliced another apple. Andrew volunteered first, and then he volunteered me. Emily Morehouse and her mother, Heidi, were doing it the old fashioned way despite the fact that they had brought a coring machine with them. Weve done about five bags of apples so far, Emily said. Those guys over there wanted my coring machine, so I let them use it. Rebecca Persons and Autumn Smith were those guys using Morehouses machine. Were loving Emilys machine, they said. In the kitchen of the home ec room, volunteers took the vats of sliced apples, added cinnamon and brown sugar while another group rolled and filled the pans with crust and apples. Its all made from scratch, said JSA member Christian Bruce. But I dont make it, I only roll it. Kelly Frye was busy with the many ovens, baking and checking and even cooling the pies by open windows, then wrapping them. Customers would start coming in to pick up there pies later that day. We made about $1,500 with the pies, Frye said. We sold 190 and we make extras so theres always some people who want another. The group also raises money through dress down and hat days and ice cream sales. They usually have a dance the week before Thanksgiving, but with the Warrensburg field hockey team playing in the final championship game in Syracuse, no dance was held. Guidance counselor Gail Lawson kept her cell phone nearby as she peeled apples. Four minutes before the end of the first half and its dead even, zero - zero, she reported to the cheers of the pie makers.

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