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'A real country thing'

Wilson Ruritan Club serves up good eatin', good fellowship

Wilson Ruritan Club serves up good eatin', good fellowship

January 15, 2006|By MARIE GILBERT

marieg@herald-mail.com

When Jim Arnold bought an old farmhouse in the Clear Spring area about two years ago, he asked local residents where he could buy good pork.

"One man took out a pencil and paper, wrote down some dates and told me to mark my calendar," Arnold said. "Those were the dates the Wilson Ruritan Club offered freshly butchered meat for sale. I've been a regular customer ever since."

Arnold was among 450 people who dodged wind and rain Saturday morning to purchase pork items and enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast sponsored by the Wilson Ruritan Club, west of Huyetts Crossroads.

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According to club President Dick Shank, eight breakfasts and six butcherings are held during the year.

Proceeds from the events are used to support community projects, including schools and families in need, Shank said.

Shank said the club hoped to make about $1,500 from Saturday's breakfast and butchering.

"This is a real country thing," Shank said. "The pork is processed on Tuesday in Pennsylvania and arrives here Friday evening. We take advanced orders or you can make purchases the same day."

Most of the people who attend the breakfasts are regulars, Shank said.

"In fact, I'd say about 75 percent are regulars," he said.

Why do they keep coming back?

"Good food, good fellowship and good meat," Shank said. "You can't beat that."

Shank said that while people attending the breakfasts have a good time, so do club members.

"It's fun for all of us," he said. "But it's also good that we're helping other people."

Betty Smith of Clear Spring said this was the first time she had attended the country butchering and breakfast.

"My mom and stepfather usually come, and they've always had great things to say about it," Smith said. "They know a lot of people here and like to socialize. They also like to buy good, fresh pork."

Smith said she, too, had placed a take-home order, including liver, hog maw and link sausage - "the gourmet stuff."

Vicky Stoner of Hagerstown said she and her late husband came to the Ruritan breakfasts for years - a tradition that her husband always looked forward to.

Saturday, it turned out to be a family affair. Stoner was accompanied by her son, Clayton, his girlfriend, Danielle Coyle of Cascade, and cousin Candy Smith of Hagerstown.

"This is the best pork around," Stoner said.

Smith agreed.

"I bought lots of pork, including roast and sausage," Smith said. "I'll freeze it and have it all winter."

Assisting with serving and cleanup were members of Cub Scout Pack 102 from Conococheague and Clear Spring.

"We help out every month that the breakfasts are held," den leader Laurie Bucher said. "The boys really enjoy themselves, but, at the same time, they receive certificates and patches for their hard work."

Bucher said that Cub Scout Pack 102 is one of the beneficiaries of the Wilson Ruritan Club's generosity.

"The club donates money annually to the pack to purchase trophies and patches for our awards ceremony," she said. "We really appreciate all the support they give us."

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