---- — CROWN POINT — An approaching storm forced the cancellation of the Crown Point Community Thanksgiving Dinner, planned for today.
One of the organizers, the Rev. David C. Hirtle, said they had been monitoring the coastal storm as it headed this way and decided it was too dangerous to ask people, especially senior citizens, to drive to the Crown Point United Methodist Church for the meal.
“We would rather cancel, at this moment, than either place those traveling in harm’s way or prepare food that will certainly be wasted,” Hirtle said by email.
“This is heartbreaking to do, but we must err on the side of caution.”
He said anyone who was making food for the dinner that can be frozen or will keep refrigerated for a week should take it to the Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church on Creek Road.
“These items will be distributed to those in need,” he said. “Please pray that our efforts will be blessed and that the residual food will find its way into needed homes.”
One phase of the storm was expected to bring snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain to the area today.
The following events are still planned for Thursday:
CP Rail Holiday Train. The Canadian Pacific train decorated with lights and featuring musical performers makes its annual run through the North Country. Stops in Ticonderoga, 3:15 p.m.; Port Henry, 5 p.m.; Plattsburgh, 7:30 p.m.; and Rouses Point, 9:15 p.m. Public asked to bring a donation of canned or non-perishable food; all will be donated to local food shelf.
Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Noon to 2 p.m. Westport Federated Church, 7 Bay Breeze Lane. Volunteers welcome to help with preparations, serving and cleanup. Call 962-4465 for times. Free.
Thanksgiving Dinner. Noon to 2 p.m., Three Steeples United Methodist Church, 491 Route 11, Champlain. Takeouts available. Free.
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Seating at 11:30, meal at noon, Elks Lodge, 56 Cumberland Ave., Plattsburgh. Transportation from Salvation Army Corp, 4804 South Catherine St., Plattsburgh, 11 a.m., with stops at the Plattsburgh Housing Authority senior high-rise apartments, 11:05 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The van will make two round trips. Free.
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