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LONGMEADOW — East Village Tavern and the East Longmeadow Rotary Club will once again team up for their annual Thanksgiving basket drive. Thanksgiving baskets with all the fixings, for families who may not otherwise be able to afford them, will be distributed by local volunteers on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.

Food collection will run now through Nov. 21. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at East Village Tavern, 53 North Main St., East Longmeadow. Thanksgiving family baskets, varying by size of family, will include one turkey, two bags or boxes of stuffing mix, five pounds of potatoes, two pounds of butternut squash (cut squash typically requires refrigeration), two cans of corn or green beans, two pounds of onions, a dozen dinner rolls, two cans of jellied cranberry sauce, a half-gallon of sweet cider (cider typically requires refrigeration), and one pumpkin pie.

East Village Tavern (EVT) is also accepting donations of $75, which will feed a family of four.

EVT thanked several local businesses and volunteers it partners with on this community-service project. “Our business is built around friends and family coming together to eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company,” co-owner John Sullivan said. “It’s our responsibility to feed those in our community that may not be able to afford to join us for times of celebration. It’s our honor to give back.”

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EAST LONGMEADOW — The East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial Committee is building a memorial located in front of the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., East Longmeadow, to honor all veterans who have served and, in some instances, made the ultimate sacrifice for the U.S. Armed Forces.

On Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., the veterans of the East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial Fund and American Legion Post 293 will march from the Legion Post, located at 3 Legion Court, East Longmeadow, to East Longmeadow Town Hall for a wreath-laying ceremony. Immediately following will be a check presentation at East Village Tavern, 53 North Main St., East Longmeadow, where tavern owners Joe, John, and Jessy Sullivan, along with owner Matt Dessereau, will donate $5,000 to the Veterans Memorial Fund.

“This country’s service members have always been an integral part of our businesses, our lives, and our communities,” John Sullivan said. “We’re proud to make this donation, as well as offer a complimentary lunch to all veterans on Saturday, November 11, courtesy of Charlie Arment Trucking.”