by Lisa Tome
For the first Thursday in weeks, Cecil Countians weren't battling the weather or shoveling out.
It may have been merely a coincidence, but the volunteers at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Rising Sun, served up traditional Thanksgiving fare during their Thursday, February 20 community meal.
The meal featured roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and homemade pie. Since the meal was Thanksgiving-related, people were asked for what they are thankful. Many said they were thankful to be out of the house. "I'm thankful it has stopped snowing for a while. I'm thankful they have this luncheon once a month. And I'm thankful to be alive," said Bob Pontown of Conowingo.
"I'm thankful for everyday," said David Romanko of Colora.
Bill Pare' is one of the kitchen staffers for the meal. "I'm 80 years old and above and running around," said Pare'.
Denise Magliano of Octoraro Lakes, said she is thankful for family and good health.
Betty Frazier of Rising Sun said "I am thankful for all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed. And mostly my family," said Frazier.
Versie Hamilton of Conowingo also credited God. "I thank God I'm as healthy as I am. I'm 67 and no meds," said Hamilton.
Tom Iszard of Perryville said people don't believe him when he says his age. "I was born in 1929 and nobody believes it. I always take care of my body and my mind. I'm just a big kid and I never get bored," said Iszard.
"I'm thankful that I've got deer to feed seven days a week and I'm thankful for my good neighbors in Perryville."
Jerry Moran was thinking warm thoughts. "I'm thankful for sunshine. I'm hoping for spring. I'm tired of snow. In three weeks, I'm going to Florida for two weeks," said Moran.
Jennifer Ireland said that family is very important to her. "My dad is back with me. He was in Florida for 10 years," said Ireland.
The proceeds of the meal, which are raised by way of goodwill offerings from attendees, benefit western Cecil County's needy through the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry. Any leftovers at the meal were distributed among Cecil's homeless population.