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Clear Spring Legion draws families to steak feed

August 31, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

alician@herald-mail.com

Down a winding road nestled on a green plot of land under the trees sits the Clear Spring American Legion's well-equipped picnic pavilion, its ceiling strung with tiny white lights. Smoky grilled scents fill the early evening air and crickets chirp, while adults sit shooting the breeze and children run, laughing and frolicking in the grass.

Such was the scene Friday, Aug. 27, between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Auxiliary Unit 222 steak feed.

The women's auxiliary hosts one steak feed each year, while the men's post hosts them monthly from May through October.

Tina Hull, 23, of Cearfoss, said she and her husband, Todd Hull, 24, take their daughter, Madison, 2, to them all. Todd's father is a member of the Legion.

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"We come all the time to every steak feed," Tina Hull said.

Julie and Shawn Schultz of Clear Spring went to the event with their sons, Collin, 8, and Spencer, 6, and a group of 13 friends. Julie, 33, and Shawn, 38, said the group is a regular at the feeds because of the comfortable atmosphere.

"The kids love it," Julie Schultz said. "They're going the whole evening."

Bobbie LaRue, 37, of Hagers-town, celebrated her birthday with family and friends at the steak feed. LaRue said she and her sister, Mary Ferguson, 38, of Hagerstown, have been attending Legion steak feeds twice a year or more for around 10 years. This year they were accompanied by Bobbie's fianc, Phillip Larrick, 34, of Hagerstown, as well as their friends Dick and Alice Flook of Hagerstown and Mark and Angela Troupe of Mercersburg, Pa.

Judy and Clyde Stotler of Hancock said they, too, are regulars. The reason they go is simple.

"We always know it's gonna be good," Judy Stotler said.

Steak feed tickets were $10 in advance and $12 at the event covering steak, a baked potato, coleslaw, mushrooms, buttered rolls and unlimited drinks.

"You can't beat the price," Clyde Stotler said.

The Joseph C. Herbert American Legion Auxiliary Unit 222 has 144 members. Sharon Esminger, 54, of Clear Spring, co-chairwoman of the steak feed, said final figures were not yet available but the auxiliary hoped to clear at least $600 from the event.

Esminger said the auxiliary donates money to support local veterans.

The auxiliary also contributes to local children and youth programs, a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior at Clear Spring High School and the community Halloween party. Esminger said the group also provides clothes and food to families in need.

"Anybody in the community in need, if we have funds, we'll do what we can to help them," Esminger said.

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