TICONDEROGA - A group of Ticonderoga residents will celebrate Thanksgiving by serving dinner to the community.
Val and Craig Dixon, who have served the free meal each Thanksgiving at their Hot Biscuit Diner, will join with the Stonitsch family to offer expanded fare this year.
The dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Ticonderoga fire house.
"Val and Craig asked me to take over the dinner since their circumstances are changing," Tricia Stonitsch said. "We are working together in the transition. This meal will replace the Hot Biscuit meal that has been offered."
This is not a new effort for the Stonitsch clan. They have been active in past years with the The StreetCorner Gourmets, a group that serves Thanksgiving dinner to people in Harlem.
"Part of my family is continuing to support the effort in Harlem - Kyle Joelle Kevin and Jessica," Stonitsch explained. "Ken and his family and Kris will assist me here along with volunteers from the previous Hot Biscuit meal and many from the community that are signing on this year.
"Val and Craig are doing all the ordering and we have planned the menu together," she continued. "We will do the cooking, serving and delivery for this year."
People who can't get to the fire house for dinner can call 585-6369 for a ride or for a meal delivery.
"We are planning to serve 200 delivered and in-house meals," Stonitsch said. "Thanksgiving is a family day to thank God for all the blessings of our lives. We can be family to those who are in need of that for whatever reason. It should be a lot of fun."
Stonitsch praised the Dixons.
"In years past Val and Craig Dixon, along with their family and friends, have brought the delights of a full holiday meal to hundreds of people in the diner or delivered to people's homes," she said. "They will continue to have a large part in the meal provided and we will provide the umpf - the hands and feet - cooking, serving, delivering and keeping in touch with people throughout the year.
"Val and Craig have done the most difficult part , beginning," Stonitsch said. "We will do the next part, continuing. We hope to bring belonging back one person at a time helping to restore the broken places in many lives. People from the community are welcome to help us make this happen."
People interested in assisting with the Thanksgiving meal can call Stonitsch at 585-6369.