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Thanksgiving meals provided by the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Lake Placid are distributed throughout Essex County. Here, Sue Cutting of Cornell Cooperative Extension, left, Krista Berger of Essex County's Women Infant and Children, or WIC, program, center, and Samantha Davis, also of WIC, get ready to take a van full of meals to families in need. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise photo � Chris Morris)
Thanksgiving meals provided by the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Lake Placid are distributed throughout Essex County. Here, Sue Cutting of Cornell Cooperative Extension, left, Krista Berger of Essex County's Women Infant and Children, or WIC, program, center, and Samantha Davis, also of WIC, get ready to take a van full of meals to families in need. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise photo � Chris Morris)

The 8 O'Clock Hour, 11/22/12

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Dozens of volunteers gathered in Lake Placid earlier this week to help pack, deliver and dispense Thanksgiving meals at the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Former North Country Congressman David O'Brien Martin died Tuesday night at age 68. The O'Leary Funeral Home in Canton says Martin was at his home in West Virginia under the care of hospice. The cause of his death was not released.

At its best, Thanksgiving is about food, family, and community--and Sharon Bastille, better known around her West Potsdam stomping ground as "Mom", has built her business around all those things.

Falconry, the sport of hunting with birds of prey, is ancient: its history goes back thousands of years. It was once used as a way to catch small prey, like rabbits and pheasants, before humans had guns. And the sport is still practiced today.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving -- a time of the year to get together and enjoy the company of others - we'll listen again as four longtime friends in Canton share their Thanksgiving memories of family, food and their lives.

Burl wood, the knobs of complex grain that some trees form, is prized by woodworkers for its beauty and utility. What causes wood grain to deviate from the straight and narrow in this way is something of a mystery. Martha Foley and Curt Stager try to untangle the knot.

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