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Church men baking pies for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving table features a variety of traditional treats, but one of the most important ones is the pie. Thanksgiving is synonymous with delicious, homemade pie.
White Rock Church in Sykesville is offering you a no-stress way to serve homemade pies - and cake - at your Thanksgiving table. Church members will do the baking, and all you will need to do is pick up the desserts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27.
Church member Clayonia Colbert-Dorsey emailed the details of the pie process: "The pies are proudly baked by the men of the church, primarily; although one woman, who is also famous for her homemade rolls, helps. Other women of the church take on folding the cardboard pie boxes. All of the baking and food preparation are done in the church's kitchen."
Colbert-Dorsey continued with a description of a few of the bakers: "Two of the men are brothers, have a background in food service, and both retired from work in the dietary department at Springfield [Hospital Center]. One of the oldest men, in his 90s, likes to come and help."
William S. Hudson Jr., of Sykesville, is one of the two brothers retired from Springfield Hospital Center. He said, "We've been doing this for the past 10 to 12 years, maybe longer. I'm one of the originators [of this fundraising project]."
So, what are they baking, and how do you get some? The pies and their prices include apple pie for $8.75, sugar-free apple pie for $9, pumpkin pie for $8.75, yam pie for $8.75 (available in sugar-free, if requested), sweet potato pie for $8.75, cherry pie for $9.50 and mincemeat pie for $10.
You can also order an applesauce cake, made in a bundt pan, for $9.75. You may customize your applesauce cake by ordering it with raisins and/or black walnuts.
Place orders no later than Nov. 18 by calling the church at 410-795-1110 and leaving a message with your order, your name and your contact phone number. A church member will call you back to confirm the order.
White Rock Church is at 6300 White Rock Road.

Autumn fest
You're invited to the third annual Apple Festival celebrated by Holy Spirit Lutheran Church and the Holy Spirit Early Childhood Learning Center. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.
The festival will feature a raffle for a horse stable dollhouse, a silent auction, craft vendors and entertainment. You can also purchase lunch, baked goods and, of course, apples.
To learn more, visit http://www.hslceldersburgmd.org. You can reach the church office by phone at 410-795-6333 or by email at hslc.office@comcast.net.
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is at 2205 Old Liberty Road, Eldersburg.

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About World War I
With Veterans Day fast approaching, the Sykesville Gate House Museum will give you a chance to learn more about the war that started this November holiday.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, World War I re-enactor Tom Smith and museum curator Dr. Mark Fraser will co-present "World War I - The War to End All Wars."
Although the United States did not enter the war until 1917, the war began in 1914 and ended in 1918, with more than 9 million people killed during the fighting. This discussion will review the causes of the war, the weapons used, the worldwide political changes and the role of the United States.
At the discussion, Smith and the museum will have on display a collection of uniforms and flags, as well as printed materials from the war.
This free program will take place in the council meeting room at the Sykesville Town House. Space is limited, so registration is strongly encouraged.
You can register by calling the museum at 410-549-5150 or by sending an email to Fraser at mfraser@sykesville.net.
The Town House, at 7547 Main St. in Sykesville, is handicap accessible.

Ordering fruit
Fall is here, and winter may be on the way, but one of the joys of the season is fresh, Florida citrus fruit. Want some?
The Freedom District Lions Club is holding its fruit sale now. The club will be accepting orders through Nov. 13 for an early December pickup at the Lions building behind the Sykesville-Freedom District fire company.
You can get navel oranges or red grapefruit for $21 for a 2/5 bushel box or $11 for a half of a box. You can also get a box of half navel oranges and half red grapefruit for $21.
The Lions are offering something new this year - a fresh fruit sampler box. The box will hold six navel oranges, six apples, six tangelos, four grapefruit and four pears and will cost $30.
To get more information or to place an order, call 410-549-LION (5466) and leave a message or email fruitsales@freedomdistrictlions.com. A member of the Freedom District Lions Club will contact you by phone or email, when the fruit arrives, to let you know the pickup times.
The Sykesville-Freedom District fire company is at 6680 Sykesville Road, at the intersection of Sykesville Road and Freedom Avenue.

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