Some Thanksgiving Days, Paul and Lorraine Martin of Ephrata would cook a turkey at home and, if they felt ambitious, go put up their Christmas lights afterward.
But on Thursday, the Martins and their son Jason took part in a new tradition, going to a Thanksgiving Day dinner in the heart of Ephrata with some long-time friends.
“And it’s a really nice thing,” said one of those friends, Jim Mertz of Manor Township, there with the Martins and his wife Sherri and their son Jesse, 27.
“I think it’s great that the churches here do this for everybody in the community. Everybody’s so friendly, you just feel blessed,” Mertz added.
“It does feel like a big, happy family.”