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Cleghorn is popular breakfast spot

Monday, September 12, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing editor

Since November, the Cleghorn Shelter House has been a popular breakfast spot.

Six days a week, volunteers provide both the food and labor to make meals available from 6 to 8 a.m., with donations collected going toward the possible renovation or replacement of the shelter house, according to Bob Byers, one of the organizers of the breakfast.

A Cleghorn alternative breakfast spot was sought after both the convenience store and the cafe were closed in Cleghorn. For a time the Whistle Stop in Meriden provided this alternative, but the combination of early mornings with late nights was too much for the business.

Numerous volunteers joined together to work on a rotating basis for food preparation and clean up and to bring in the food to prepare at the Cleghorn Shelter House Diner. The donations are 100 percent profit and as of Tuesday morning, amounted to $10,425.48.

Byers said the money raised will either go toward making a handicapped accessible restroom in the existing shelter house or to build a new, larger facility with two handicapped accessible restrooms.

Although the breakfast ends at 8, many of the breakfast crowd remains for coffee, playing cards or swapping stories.

Breakfast choices generally include eggs, sausage, bacon, plus whatever special items that the person cooking that day decides on. Such items as biscuits and gravy, blueberry pancakes and waffles have been made on different days.

Orange juice or grape juice is usually available and of course, there is always coffee.

Byers said the donations average about $40 a day with the worst day totaling $14.50 and the best bringing in over $200.

Among the volunteers are Jeanette Hohbach, Mary McIntosh, Bev Petersen, Harold and Connie Johnson, Jean VerSteeg, Arnie and Irene Dobson, Marilyn Anderson, Venice Young, Frannie Briggs, Jim Loraine Thomson, Duane and Jo Nafziger, Erwin and Jennie Mogensen and Bob Byers.

Byers said the program might be scaled back in the future. They might not be able to maintain six days a week, especially since many of the volunteers are snowbirds.

While it continues, it is a popular service with many regular patrons and it raises funds for a worthy objective.

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