Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Hermon 

For the third year in a row, the Mason’s at Lynde Lodge #174 in Hermon, have opened their doors for Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.“It’s a thing we do for the community to let the community know that there’s not just a building here in town, but we’re here to help with the public and the community itself,” said the senior warden, Audie Gould.This free dinner is served up for everyone to enjoy together, which despite all of the yummy food, may be the best part.“It’s seeing the people come in through the door, whether they can afford it, or can’t afford it, it’s that it’s free. Free to the public and it’s neighbors being able to sit and enjoy a meal together,” said Gould.It means so much to the folks here, especially around the holidays.“I think it’s extremely important, because it brings the family together and it helps show unity and also the giving nature, as Thanksgiving should be,” said Guy Chapman of Bangor.“I think people appreciate it and enjoy themselves. I did. I have,” said Nancy Chapman of Bangor.It took about a month to prepare and hours to prep, but to give folks a chance to sit and reflect on what they’re thankful for , is what it’s all about.“I’m thankful for very many things. My family, my friends, and the community and I love the Masons,” said Joyce Wheeler, a former 43-year Hermon resident.Last year, the lodge served around 80 dinners. They hope to feed even more this year.