Dec. 29, 2018 — Hundreds of area residents made a free Christmas meal at Elks Lodge #1858 a centerpiece of their holiday celebrations on Tuesday. Lodge members volunteered for the many hours of food preparation in the kitchen, and in the serving of the more than 800 meals that were expected to be eaten. Exalted Ruler Bruce Smith welcomed people to the meal. “I want to thank you all for coming today and I want to especially thank all of our volunteers for all the time and hard work they have put in to make this event happen,” he said. The lodge’s chaplain blessed the meal and those partaking of the feast, after which the hundreds waiting in line were escorted to tables, orders were taken, and meals served.