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Dinner serves up food, fellowship in Boonsboro

November 23, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

BOONSBORO - As Bettie Houser cleared the last remnants of turkey and mashed potatoes from her plate, she smiled and turned to her friend, Anna Guyer.

"That was very nice, very nice," Houser said.

The pair of friends were just a few of the dozens of people who spent Thanksgiving at Boonsboro Bible Church for a free community meal.

Church members Chris and Crista Noyes began serving Thanksgiving meals there in 2005.

"We had a vision of doing this for the community, and our pastor was really enthusiastic about it," Crista Noyes said.

The couple and about 15 volunteers got together Thursday to fix a variety of foods, including baked and deep-fried turkeys, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing, as well as several kinds of desserts.

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"It's a luscious meal," said Houser, who also attended the event last year.

Houser's children live out of state, and she said it is more convenient to come to the community dinner than to cook at home.

"We both live alone, so we don't want to stay home on Thanksgiving," Houser said, referring to herself and Guyer.

Crista Noyes said she and Chris started the dinner as a way to provide people like Houser a place to go on Thanksgiving.

"It's not just for elderly, but for anyone who might not have a family or other people to spend the holiday with," she said.

Lisa and Richmond Trott drove from Brownsville to attend the event. The Trotts said they could cook at home but prefer to attend community dinners for Thanksgiving. "It's a great opportunity to mingle and meet people," Richmond Trott said.

Lisa Trott noted that while they are able to cook, it doesn't make sense for them to make a lot of food for just two people.

"We prefer to go out, and the food here is much better than you would get at a restaurant," Lisa Trott said.

Crista Noyes said about 75 people came to the first Thanksgiving meal they hosted in 2005. She said they were expecting at least that many people this year.

"It's gotten to be a really good thing, and we're just blessed to be able to continue to offer it every year," Crista Noyes said.

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