My turkey is defrosting in the refrigerator, next to the tubes of crescent rolls. Cans of green beans and crispy onions are in the cabinet as well as the sweet and white potatoes. Bags of cubed bread are on the counter and the little plastic bottle of sage is retrieved from the bottom of the spice drawer. Yes, it’s time to make the meal that brings the family home.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, the Montgomery Lions Club will hold a FREE Thanksgiving dinner between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at their headquarters on Main Street in Montgomery. Takeouts will be available. Call Larry Kahle (547-0588), John Treese (547-2299), Norm Kobe (547-2873), and Randy Koser (547-2067).
Also on Thanksgiving Day, the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Main St., Watsontown, will hold a public Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested; call the church office at 538-5300 and leave a message with your name and how many will attend. Take-out dinners are available. The meal will be served buffet style and consist of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, applesauce, pie, and beverage.
Coming up this week: the Montgomery Borough Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday and also on Monday, Dec. 1, for the first day of buck season. The Montgomery Area School District is not holding classes Thursday or Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, or Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2 for buck season.
Reminder: Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., the Montgomery Area Public Library hosts Storytime for Preschool to second grade children.
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, members of Montgomery Area Senior Citizens will hold a Christmas party at St. John Lutheran (Brick) Church. A catered meal at noon will be provided at no charge to those members of record for the year 2008. However, reservations are necessary and can be made by calling Charles Duchman at 547-1160. Visitors are welcome for the cost of the meal. Come and enjoy a good meal, fellowship, and a repeat performance of Christmas carols with Mr. Jim Ritter.
Montgomery native and author, Jade Heasley, will be joining me on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Montgomery Area Public Library at 1 South Main Street between 6 and 8 p.m. for a joint book signing. Jade will have copies of her book, “1980s Kid” ($12.99) and I will have copies of “Around Montgomery” ($19.99) available for sale. Stop by to pick up some early holiday gifts. This event is sponsored by the Montgomery Area Historical Society and will be one of your final opportunities to buy raffle tickets from their yearlong fundraiser.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a free clothing distribution at the Methodist Church, 43 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery. Adult and children’s clothing will be available as well as some household items. Call 547-1196 for more information.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 4 p.m., the Watsontown United Methodist Church, 11 E. Third St., will hold a baked steak dinner. The cost will be $7.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. For further information, contact the church office at 538-1017.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., will be the next distribution at the “Footprints of Montgomery” food pantry at the Christ Lutheran Church. Residents in the Montgomery Area School District are eligible to participate.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 to 6 p.m., the St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church will hold a Meatloaf Dinner, served family style. Featured will be meatloaf, baked potatoes, candied carrots, cole slaw, beverage, and dessert; cost: $8.00 adults; children age 6 through 10, $4; children under 6 free. Takeouts available; call 547-6423.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a FREE Community Christmas Celebration at New Covenant Assembly of God, 1270 Pinchtown Rd. It will include a free lasagna dinner with all the fixings, carol singing, entertainment, and small gifts. Everyone in the Montgomery area is welcome but you must reserve your seat by calling 547-1503 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Montgomery Area Historical Society will host their annual Open House and Candlelight Service at the Stone Church, located on the grounds of the Allenwood Prison near Route 15. Winners of their year-long raffle will be drawn and announced. Refreshments will be available at the Open House, which begins at 2 p.m., and the Candlelight Service begins at 5 p.m.
Sincere sympathy is sent this week to Marion McCormick and her family on the passing of her husband, Delmar, this past Saturday.