Preparing for Thanksgiving | News
People all over the area are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Five Mountain Market in Shickshinny was a busy place, according to manager John Morgan. "Christmas Eve is a very busy day or any holiday that would drive business but today could be the busiest day of the year," Morgan said.
People spent their time picking up fixings for the holiday and of course turkey. Virginia Thomas of Benton said she's always on the hunt for a bargain on turkeys. "They're on sale for 29 cents a pound with a $25 order," Thomas said.
In Wilkes-Barre Township the aisles at Wegmans were jammed. turkeys were flying off the shelves but picking the perfect bird wasn't easy.
"Well a fresh turkey and this one says a holiday turkey, so we're thinking the holiday turkey," said Sandhia Reddy of Muncy.
"The cheapest and the easiest with the better directions," said Kim Bazadona of Courtdale who picked a fresh turkey so she wouldn't have to defrost it.
There were hundreds of pies in the bakery, apple and pumpkin. Workers there said they expect to sell more than 1,000 by the end of the holiday.
"It's one of the best bakeries in the area. It's the convenience of we don't have to bother that on top of the turkey and everything else coming out of the oven," said Stan Hertzberg of Dallas.
For those who have fallen on tough times, there were Thanksgiving meals and the fixing available at a food pantry in Berwick.
Clyde Rehm said the extra food is a godsend because he has custody of his grandchildren. "The end of the month is usually the worst part of the month for us and when they have this I make sure I get here so we have the extra," said Rehm.
Katherine Nihoff said the food bank is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. "When I started eight years ago we had 60 clients and now we're up to 260 coming, so that's a huge increase," Nihoff said.
At The Woodlands crews are preparing for a big Thanksgiving Day buffet but Thanksgiving eve is when thousands of college kids traditionally reunited inside one of the hotel's many bars. "I think it's because all of the children are in from college and the families come in. You have a bunch of people here. The kids want to see friends from high school, they get in, kiss mom and dad and say 'I'll see you tomorrow night for dinner,'" said Ross Kornfeld of The Woodlands.
AAA estimates this is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year. Bill Parks will be in our area for Thanksgiving and said that means he will be away from home because of his delivery job. "We have our Thanksgiving on Sunday, we always have it before so it works out pretty good," Parks said.
Bob Everhart is also visiting our area to celebrate the holiday with his family. He said he has a hobby when traveling. "We sort of count hawks as we travel on the highway and we've seen a dozen since we left home and I am sure we passed a lot more that we didn't see," Everhart said.
The next busy time on highways will be Black Friday.