A Quick Opinion: Who is cooking the turkey this year?

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A Winters Express opinion column

By Charley Wallace
Publisher Emeritus

Questions about who was bringing what to the family Thanksgiving get together didn’t come up last year. My brother John informed me that I was supplying a turkey this year. I immediately started to worry about finding a turkey after hearing that there is a shortage of everything in the United States. Then I saw a sign at Lorenzo’s that said to sign up for your fresh turkey for $1.49 a pound. I ordered a 20 pounder.

For years I ran a merchant turkey give-away through the Winters Express and usually ordered around 40 turkeys from John Lorenzo. There were always a few left over for my staff or myself. These weren’t the biggest birds, 8-12 pounds, but they were free, sort of. Someone, who had won a turkey, commented that they looked like big chickens. I told him if he didn’t like it he should donate it to one of the local food banks or community dinners. I think he did. For a lot of people a small turkey is perfect, except there aren’t many leftovers.

It isn’t on my list of things to bring, but I’ll pick up a fresh pie from Lester Farms Bakery, just in case we run out of desserts. Thanksgiving is the only time of the year when I get spicy turnips served with dinner. Brother John takes care of cooking the turnips, as it was one of our father’s favorite dishes.

It is important to us that everyone is vaccinated, as we plan to eat inside, especially if the weather continues to be back to normal, cool and raining. Our five year old is getting his first shot this week and will be fully inoculated by Christmas. Most of us have already had our booster shots and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone for the first time in a couple of years.

The Veterans Day event, held last week at the Opera House, went well. The speaker, a past Arlington Honor Guard, did a great job of describing his job of honoring our dead heroes. And, yes, I know it was Veterans Day and not Memorial Day as I wrote in my column last week. I’ve discovered that there are no proofreaders employed by newspapers, anymore, and my fingers type faster than my brain remembers.

We should be thinking about those less fortunate than most of us all the time, but around the holidays the need for food and shelter becomes more obvious. If you are able, be generous to charities of your choice. I would also like to encourage everyone to try and shop local. There are more shopping opportunities in Winters than you think.

Walk down Main Street and visit the new, and old, merchants. Even if you just walk in to browse, you might surprise yourself and find something that you can’t live without, or, the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

Have a good week.

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