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Tenth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner set

| November 18, 2013

COSHOCTON – Coshocton High School’s annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner has come a long way in 10 years.

“Compared to the first year – wow,” said Cathy Waibel, who helps organize the dinner. “We’ve went from about 200 meals that year to around 700 and something last year.”

This year’s dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the high school’s cafeteria. The free meal includes all the traditional holiday dishes and is served by high school students in three shifts from 5:30 to 6 p.m., 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

The high school music department will provide entertainment during dinner.

“The people who are involved, especially the kids make it special,” said Waibel. “The kids look forward to this every year now. They just love it and the staff at the school also is amazing. A lot of people step forward and volunteer.”

Waibel also wanted to emphasize that no tax payer money is used for this dinner.

“I get money donated for turkeys and a lot of the food is donated and so are the placemats, plasticware and everything else. People look forward to helping us. A lot of people come together to do this. It doesn’t just take one person, it takes a bunch. I’ve already had people calling wanting to volunteer. It makes me feel good to see others give.”

To help with planning, people are asked to call the high school office at 622-9433 to make a reservation.

“I hope to see everybody at the dinner,” Waibel said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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