Lunch to be held

Jukebox Pizza in Waterford invites area residents and their families to their annual Thanksgiving Day Lunch. They will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The menu for the free meal will include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, stuffing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, dinner roll and dessert.

Jukebox Pizza is located at 650 Main St. in Waterford, Ohio. Local delivery will be available for those in need. For more information, contact the restaurant at (740) 984-8881.

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The Beverly-Waterford Community Thanksgiving service will be held Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Presbyterian Church. The church is located on the corner of Fourth Street and Ohio 339 in Beverly. All community members are invited. The speaker will be Rev. Matthew Weaver from the Beverly United Methodist Church.

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The Beverly Public library has scheduled a Black Friday – and Saturday – book sale. Hours for the sale will be during normal library operational hours , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday. Prices for each item will be marked.

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Thanksgiving Tales

The first Thanksgiving feast at Plymouth, Mass., was NOT a one-day celebration. It lasted three days and involved as many as 90 Native Americans and 51 Pilgrims. Records indicate perhaps as few as four women did the bulk of the cooking. As you prepare your holiday meal, imagine what it would be like to feed 141 guests.

Why turkey at Thanksgiving? It is thought turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. But, colonial records only mention “fowl.” Turkey did not become associated with the holiday until the early 1800s. It didn’t become a tradition until the 1860s, the same time Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday. After World War II, the poultry industry undertook a major marketing campaign to present the stuffed turkey as a symbol of America’s abundance. The plan obviously worked. At the same time, the poultry industry was developing the large-breasted, hybrid turkey we now consume. Needless to say, the turkey is native to America. Thanks to my friend, Bob, for these Thanksgiving tidbits.

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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.