Dora Bradley did it again.
For the eighth straight year, Bradley fed the masses during the free Windsor Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner at the American Legion on Tuesday.
“I like to make people happy and to feed people,” Bradley said. “There were a lot of people that really needed food this year, and just needed the company.”
Bradley, 51, who is the manager of the Loaf N Jug in Windsor, made 19 turkeys, seven hams, 50 homemade pies, 100 pounds of white potatoes, 30 pounds of red potatoes, 20 pounds of yams, 50 gallons of turkey gravy, 20 gallons of ham gravy, deviled eggs, Italian pasta salad and 50 food baskets for anyone who needed them.
“If I don’t see another pie crust or gravy for two weeks, I’ll be fine,” Bradley laughed.
With the assistance of her daughter Shannon, 23, and some other volunteers, Bradley pulled it off again. Bradley predicted that about 1,000 people ate at the dinner.
“It’s fun and it gets everybody together,” Shannon said.
At 3 p.m., there were only two food baskets left and most of the food was gone.
Bradley, who gets about an hour of sleep during a two- or three-day period during the food preparation, said she saw some new faces this year.
“There were a lot of new people who just moved into town,” Bradley said. “One guy that helped carve the turkeys had just been in town for three months.”
As for next year, Bradley isn’t even thinking about Thanksgiving dinner No. 9, even though people will start asking her about it months in advance.
“Let me rest first,” Bradley said.
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Another huge shout out goes to Windsor police chief John Michaels and his department, the Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Key Club from Windsor High School and the Rotary Club for putting on another stellar Halloween Party on Oct. 31 at the Windsor Community Recreation Center.
It was the 30th straight year that parents brought their kids to the party knowing that they’d be in a safe environment that not only includes candy, but fun and games.
Here’s to another 30.
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Congratulations to Navy Seaman Chelsea N. Johnson, a 2009 graduate of Windsor High School, who recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
According to a news release from the Navy Public Affairs Support Element Fleet Hometown News Center in Norfolk, Va., Johnson completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety during the eight-week program. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
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