A sure sign that Thanksgiving is around the corner is not the changing leaves, not the nip in the air, not even the countless advertisements and barrage of notices for Black Friday bottom-bargain-basement sales. Nope. The truest harbinger is that “turkey” suddenly becomes buzzword of the season. And this buzzword was in everyone’s vocabulary at the Newton Falls Fire Department’s Annual Turkey Raffle Friday night.

Town residents and visitors crowded into the station area usually reserved only for fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles to take a chance on one of nearly a hundred turkeys up for the taking. At fifty-cents a chance or three chances for a dollar, each round of tickets quickly sold out, keeping organizers busy and the energy in the room high. Though tickets were only good for the round in which they were purchased, with two numbers on each ticket and six winning tickets each round there were plenty of chances to take home a turkey after each spin of the wheel. In addition, ham door prizes were given to a handful of lucky attendees.

The fire department appreciates all who came out to support the Turkey Raffle, as all proceeds will go to help the station – as will the funds from last month’s Chili Cook-Off. The Auxiliary also wishes to thank again everyone who attended the Cook-Off and all the local businesses who donated items to the Chinese auction. Without the enthusiastic response from the area that event, the Turkey Raffle, and the others organized by the members of the NFJFD family would not be a success.

Also in the spirit of the season, another reminder that the Newton Falls American Legion is hosting free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30am-12:30pm on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers who would like to help out can arrive at 10:30am.

Whether you will be enjoying your turkey this year from the fire department, stopping by the free dinner at the American Legion, or taking your place in the middle of generations of family members crowding around the same kitchen table, the Newton Falls Fire Department and Firefighters’ Auxiliary wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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In addition to her role as a contributing reporter for the Weekly Villager, Mialie T. Szymanski is the creator of the bi-weekly column “Puppy Tails”. This children’s story time column stars Doodle Dog, a floppy-eared puppy who has an optimistic perspective of the world around him. Szymanski’s picture book “Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day” chronicles a day in the life of this “paws”itive pup. The upcoming
read-aloud anthology “Puppy Tails: Adventures of Doodle Dog” is a collection of the columns and
illustrations as seen in The Weekly Villager over the last year.