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‘Wing War’ assists Ticonderoga Food Pantry

Demand increasing at local food shelf

The “Wing War,” which pitted local restaurants to determine who has the best chicken wings in town, raised money for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. A donation by Joanne and John Bartlett joined the event proceeds to give the food pantry $1,000. From left are Mike Edson, Knights of Columbus grand Knight; Margaret Beuerlein, Ti Food Pantry director; Joyce Barry, food pantry treasurer; Joanne Bartlett; and John Bartlett.

The “Wing War,” which pitted local restaurants to determine who has the best chicken wings in town, raised money for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. A donation by Joanne and John Bartlett joined the event proceeds to give the food pantry $1,000. From left are Mike Edson, Knights of Columbus grand Knight; Margaret Beuerlein, Ti Food Pantry director; Joyce Barry, food pantry treasurer; Joanne Bartlett; and John Bartlett.

— The Knights of Columbus came out on top in the third annual “Wing War,” but the Ticonderoga Food Pantry was the big winner.

The “Wing War,” which pitted local restaurants to determine who has the best chicken wings in town, raised money for the food pantry. A donation by Joanne and John Bartlett joined the event proceeds to give the food pantry $1,000.

The donation was made to pantry officials recently by Mike Edson, Knights of Columbus grand knight, and the Bartletts.

“The Knights of Columbus is pleased we can help the food pantry,” Edson said. “Service to the community and the less fortunate are goals of the Knights. This is a great event.”

The fourth annual “Wing War,” hosted by the Knights of Columbus, gave people the chance to sample chicken wings prepared by local restaurants. The wings were labeled by number so people didn’t know whose wings are being sampled. People then voted to determine who makes the best wings in Ticonderoga. People paid $10 each to attend with the money going to the food pantry.

The Knights of Columbus won for the fourth consecutive year. The EMA finished second and Ti Pi was third.

Also participating were the Best Western Burgoyne Grill, Emerald’s Restaurant, Fort View Inn, Hot Biscuit Diner, the Burleigh House, The Pub, Wagon Wheel and the Sentinel Grille.

The battle for chicken wing supremacy attracted more than 100 people.

“I’d like to thank all the restaurants who participated in our ‘Wing War’,” Rollin Slattery, who chairs the event fro the Knights, said. “Without the generous support of these restaurants and others, like John Bartlett, we wouldn’t be able to make this donation to the food pantry. It’s really a community event.

Margaret Beuerlein, Ticonderoga Food Pantry, director, said the donation is much needed.

“The need is greater than ever,” Beuerlein said. “People are really struggling to make ends meet. We’re seeing more and more people who have jobs, the working poor. The cost of living has gotten greater than many incomes in our area.”

Located at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street, the Ticonderoga Food Pantry serves more than 100 families a month. In October it served 178 families, Beuerlein said.

“That’s families,” she stressed. “That doesn’t count the children. I don’t know how many actual people are being served at the food pantry. I know it’s more than ever before.”

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