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Home-style cooking brings community together

October 02, 2007|By ALICIA NOTORIANNI

"Mmmmmm. It smells like garlic bread," Isaac Stottlemyer, 8, said as he entered the Smithsburg Fire Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Before he had gotten over the pleasant aroma, Isaac spotted the dessert table.

"Oh, and cake for afterward!" he said.

While Isaac's sentiments were more unbridled than those of most people who attended the spaghetti supper, his assessment was the same: "Yum."

Joyce Horst, 53, of Smithsburg, attended the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary fundraiser with her friend Susan Bair, 59, also of Smithsburg. Horst said she has been to suppers at the fire hall many times.

"(The auxiliary women) are wonderful cooks," Horst said. "The sauce is outstanding and the desserts are wonderful. It's old-fashioned, home-style cooking at its best."

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Auxiliary President Lorraine "Kitty" Baker, 76, of Smithsburg, said the group scheduled the spaghetti supper fundraiser to coincide with the 33rd annual Steam Engine & Craft Show, which drew people to town.

Meals cost $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for ages 5 to 11. Those younger than 5 ate for free.

Baker said the suppers usually bring in about $400 to use toward the purchase of kitchen appliances and equipment for future fire company fundraisers.

"It's not a fortune, but it buys us a little something, and we enjoy doing it," Baker said.

Glenda Rohrer, 55, of Smithsburg, is a member of the fire company, and her husband is the president. Rohrer, who volunteers at the spaghetti suppers, said patrons favor the creamed lettuce side dish Baker makes from her grandmother's recipe. Baker said she uses iceberg lettuce tossed with a mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar dressing mixed to her taste, then mixes in some diced hard-boiled eggs.

"Everybody loves it. Everybody tells us," Rohrer said. "It makes us think about our grandparents."

Isaac Stottlemyer's brother Noah, 10, complimented the cooks while he demonstrated his "special technique" for eating spaghetti.

"I twist it around, rise it up to the surface, just to the surface of my mouth, then voila - a clean fork! It's good," he said.

Donald and Sharon Swope of Hagerstown, vendors at the Steam Engine & Craft Show, went to the fire hall for supper with their grandson, Brandon Diehl, 12, of Hagerstown.

"We're vendors, so we usually come over here to eat our supper," Donald Swope said. "They got some good cooking and good desserts. You would pay more at a fast-food place."

"Good prices and it's convenient to the (craft show)," Sharon Swope added. "The cake was delicious, and now I'm 10 pounds heavier."

Jason Henson, 26, and Joshua Snelson, 21, fire company members who dined at the fundraiser, said spaghetti supper fundraisers benefit the fire company beyond the financial aspect.

"It really gives the community a chance to get more familiar with the fire company. It gives us a better hand-to-hand relationship with the community," Snelson said.

Baker said the auxiliary will host a homemade soup sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10.

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