Cana­dian mashed pota­toes feed Ver­mont Thanks­giv­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Staff, New­port, VT

About­three hun­dred peo­ple at­tended last Thurs­day’s free Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner which was held at the Elks Lodge in Derby, Ver­mont. A fur­ther 270 meals were ei­ther de­liv­ered to peo­ple in their homes or picked up to be brought home.

One hun­dred and eighty-five pounds of Cana­dian mashed pota­toes was on the menu. Pre­pared by the crew of Ge­orge Weller in Stanstead East, they were cleared by US Cus­toms, and helped the guests of the event eat to their heart’s con­tent.

“As far as the num­ber of meals, it was the largest event in our nine year his­tory,” said Ken Gor­don, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Area Agency on Ag­ing for

North­east­ern Ver­mont, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that puts on the event along with the New­port Elks Lodge and the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church of Derby Line. “The event was ini­tially for se­niors but now it is a truly com­mu­nity Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for peo­ple of all ages, those who have no fam­ily to be with on Thanks­giv­ing and older

adults who are sep­a­rated from their fam­i­lies, both Amer­i­cans and Cana­di­ans,” added Mr. Gor­don.

Asked how Ge­orge Weller’s Cana­dian pota­toes were re­ceived by the din­ers, Mr. Gor­don replied: “They were ex­tra­or­di­nary. We went to the Wellers last Tues­day to help peel them. We had a group of Amer­i­cans and Cana­di­ans there peel­ing while we smelt a de­li­cious scal­loped potato casse­role warm­ing up on the wood stove. It was a re­mark­able ex­am­ple of peo­ple liv­ing to­gether along the bor­der.”

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Live mu­sic was also pro­vided at the free Thanks­giv­ing Din­ner at the Elks Lodge, in Derby, last Thurs­day.

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