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Crown Point to mark Thanksgiving

CROWN POINT - Crown Point churches and businesses are again joining together to ensure that those who are alone or those who might not have the means to celebrate Thanksgiving will have a traditional meal.

"With the economy struggling, many of us came to realize that there are blessings that we can share to ensure that we, as a community look to each other's needs," said Pastor David Hirtle of the First Congregational Church.

The meal, consisting of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, squash, rolls and homemade apple and pumpkin pies will be served at Frenchman's Restaurant in Crown Point on Wednesday, Nov. 25. There will be a continuous serving from 4-7 p.m. There will be no cost.

The meal is a collaborative between Frenchman's and Maple Ridge Restaurant and the faith communities of Sacred Heart, Crown Point United Methodist and the First Congregational Churches.

"We are grateful to Crown Point Telephone, Crown Point Discount, Crown Point Citgo, Champlain National Bank as well as many involved members of the Crown Point area who are also joining us to make this a true community time of fellowship," Hirtle said.

Where possible, the meal will be served with locally grown and prepared items. Gunnison's have donated the apples for the pies. These apple pies are being made by the management and staff of Frenchman's Restaurant. Pumpkin pies will be made at Maple Ridge Restaurant.

Locally-grown potatoes are being donated by the women at the Crown Point Post Office; the 60 pounds of potatoes will be peeled and readied by employees of CPTELCO. Members of the United Methodist Church are making enough stuffing to ensure that no one goes away hungry. Locally-grown squash will be provided by the Bodette Farms.

Homemade rolls are being made by employees of Crown Point Telephone and Technology and Maple Ridge, and the Congregational Church. Crown Point Citgo is supplying juice and milk for the children.

The five turkeys have again been donated by Sacred Heart Church and cooked in the two restaurants' ovens. Condiments will be provided by Crown Point Discount Store. Funds for "extras" have come from Champlain Bank as well as several anonymous sources.

The Knapp Senior Center will also serve a traditional meal from its kitchen on that day for seniors beginning at 5 p.m.

"This is a total community effort that will ensure fellowship and a traditional hot meal for those who might not have one otherwise here in Crown Point," Hirtle said.

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