November 23, 2010

Local groups to offer Thanksgiving dinners

Schools, churches, restaurant serving meals

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE — Midnight Blues Club owner Paul Morency doesn’t want anyone to go hungry on Thanksgiving Day.
He also doesn’t want anyone to be alone.
So on Thursday, he will open his Silver Street restaurant for his fifth annual free Thanksgiving meal.
“Our philosophy is: no financial qualification when you come through the door,” Morency said Monday. “If you are alone and you don’t have anyone to spend Thanksgiving with, you’re welcome as well.”
Morency is one of several business owners, individuals and organizations providing free Thanksgiving meals.
“This is our fifth year, and we’re seating at 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.,” Morency said. “We’re having roast turkey and gravy, potatoes, squash, stuffing, peas, cranberry sauce and pumpkin and apple pie.”
Diners must make reservations by calling 877-8300 by Wednesday night, according to Morency. He welcomes everyone and hopes to have a good turnout.
Generosity for the Thanksgiving holiday is in good supply in Waterville, where at the Alfond Youth Center today, 135 turkeys will be handed out to children in the center’s after-school program.
Ken Walsh,  the center’s executive director, said Joseph’s Market owner Kevin Joseph delivered the turkeys Monday, which will be given to the children between 3 and 4 p.m. today. Joseph gave the center a deal on the turkeys, which was possible through a $1,000 donation by Peter Mitchell, brother of Alfond Board of Directors member Ann Mitchell, as well as a $500 donation by the Sunrise Rotary Club, according to Walsh.
“They wanted to make sure that every family member of the Boys & Girls Club program is going to have a turkey dinner,” Walsh said Monday. “That’s important to them.”
Walsh said 96 percent of the 135 children in the center’s after-school program qualify for free or reduced lunch. The center’s child-care center is the largest one in Maine, he said.
Other free Thanksgiving Day dinners Thursday include:
• Farmington: Mt. Blue High School cafeteria, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home delivery or eat in. Sponsored by Augusta Valley Scottish Rite Masons. Serving the greater Franklin County area. Call 779-9060 or 491-5005.
• Hartland: Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist church at noon. Reservations required. Call 938-2025 and leave a message.
• Norridgewock: What’s for Supper restaurant, Main St., sittings start at noon and are hosted on the hour. Reservations are needed. Call 634-2550.
• Oakland: Messalonskee Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Messalonskee High School cafeteria, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For delivered meals , call 441-6822.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
acalder@centralmaine.com

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