Crown Point Thanksgiving dinner to be served

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.

"The meal is designed to rekindle friendship and promote fellowship in our community," said the Rev. David Hirtle, pastor 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. 24. 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, Gunnison's Orchard, Daughter's Five, 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 has donated the apples for the pies. The management and staff of Frenchman's Restaurant are making these apple pies. Pumpkin and cream pies will be made at Maple Ridge Restaurant. The women at the Crown Point Post Office are donating locally grown potatoes. The 60 pounds of potatoes will be peeled and readied by employees at CPTELCO. Members of the United Methodist Church are making stuffing. The Daughter's Five and the Beebe Farms will provide locally-grown squash. Crown Point Telephone and Technology, Maple Ridge Restaurant and the Congregational Church are making homemade rolls. 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. Hap's Market will also participate. Funds for "extras" have come from Champlain Bank as well as several anonymous sources.

The management and staff of Frenchman's, joined by volunteers from local churches, will be hosting this community event.

A limited number of meals will be delivered to shut ins. If there is a special need for delivery, contact Hirtle at 597-3398.

The Knapp Senior Center will also serve a "traditional meal" from its kitchen on that day for senior citizens 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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