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Hundreds flock to Pond Bank, Pa. for lunch

January 02, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

POND BANK, Pa. - The smell of steaming pork and pickled cabbage wafted out the door of the Pond Bank Community Center on Duffield Road on Tuesday.

When visitors stepped through the door, they were blanketed in that fresh, pungent smell that, for some, has become synonymous with New Year's Day.

"We knew that pork and sauerkraut was a favorite dish on New Year's Day, so we wanted to serve the people what they wanted," said Fred Rock, who helped to organize the community meal with White Rock Youth and Senior Citizens Activities.

Rock expected 500 people to be served or get takeout from the four-hour event, which he said has been in existence for about 12 years.


"We started at a quarter of 11, and it's been solid ever since. We always get good feedback from the people," Rock said.

Both Richard and Shirley Barnes described the dinner as "great."

"If you want a good meal, come to Pond Bank," Richard Barnes said.

The Chambersburg, Pa., couple attends the event annually and brought their 5-year-old grandson, Parker.

"He likes the mashed potatoes and pork, but not the sauerkraut," Richard Barnes said.

The best part of the meal was the applesauce, according to Parker. He also said he liked the salt and pepper shakers.

"It's all good," Betty Rowe said.

"The chocolate cake with peanut butter icing is excellent," Glenn Rowe said.

When the Rowes, of Fayetteville, Pa., learned that many of their family members had New Year's Day plans, they decided to go to the dinner in Pond Bank for the first time.

"We've been to other things they have, like the strawberry fest and peach fest. ... We like to support the local community," Betty Rowe said.

Lee and Sonja Yoder, of Fayetteville, were at the holiday dinner for the first time, although they, too, had been to other events in Pond Bank.

"It's delicious, very, very good," Sonja Yoder said.

Rock said the meal is prepared in phases, with the pork being cooked and frozen as the first step. Monday found "a lot of good friends" peeling potatoes, he said.

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