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Modified: Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012

John Hershman will spend the Wednesday before Thanksgiving carving turkey for the traditional meal, just as he did last year when this photo was taken. Hershman is on the Community Thanksgiving Dinner planning committee, along with Sheron Chapman and Joy Peterson. The meal will be served from noon until 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at First United Methodist Church, 2660 Dakota Ave. S. There is no charge, but reservations are required by Nov. 19 by calling 352-8604. PLAINSMAN FILE PHOTO

HURON — The Huron-area community-wide Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day at the First United Methodist Church from noon to 1 p.m. and there is still time to make plans to attend. There is no charge for the meal, which includes turkey with all the trimmings, but reservations are required by Nov. 19. Requests for rides or home delivery may also be made, all by calling the church office at 352-8604.

John Hershman is one of the chairmen for the dinner and is a very important part of the team. He picks up the turkey breasts, donated by Dakota Provisions, the day before Thanksgiving and delivers them to the church where he and his crew roast the turkeys. In the afternoon, while the turkeys are cooling, Hershman and Gary French cook 150 pounds of sweet potatoes while another crew peels and cuts them up.

Later in the afternoon, Hershman and his crew slice up the turkeys and take them to be stored over night. Hershman then comes returns to the church to put the 150 pounds of white potatoes through the potato peeler. He arranges all of the equipment needed for preparing and serving the meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Hershman works all day long on Thanksgiving and then returns the borrowed equipment. Although his contributions are often behind the scenes, Hershman is a very important part of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner committee.

Without his help and the help of the 60-plus other volunteers, the church couldn’t provide this wonderful service to the community.

This dinner is a special treat for newcomers to the area wanting to experience a traditional dinner and meet new people and for old-time residents wanting to share the meal with old friends. It is great for the elderly who may not be able to prepare a large feast or the young who don’t have the time or space. It is perfect for single folks and big families; for people having guests in town or those who will be alone; for those in financial need or those in need of companionship.

In fact, this is a great event for everyone and everyone is welcome.

For the complete article see the 11-14-2012 issue.

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