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Ham and beans bring smiles to Centralia

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 6:27 am

At least 45 people benefitted from one local church’s tradition.

The afternoon of March 25, just after the Boone County Commission had implemented its own “stay at home order,? A handful, four or so, volunteers spent the sunny Wednesday afternoon at the Centralia United Methodist church ladling out savory ham and beans, scrumptious fresh-baked cornbread and sweet brownies, tradition and blonde, to all comers.

Sara Haskell, right, hands out some ham and beans.

“We just do it for the sake of doing it, “ said Steve Hahn, standing outside the church’s north entrance. In front of Hahn stood a folding table covered with Styrofoam containers filled with ham and beans and the various side-dishes. “People still have to eat.”

The main dish was the work of Mary Ann Sander, longtime member of the UMC congregation.

“I’ve been here since 9 a.m.,” she said at 6:30 p.m., “I put the beans on to simmer last night.”

A lot of beans, 12 pounds of them she said smiling.

Her work yielded eight gallons of ham and beans, paired up with an estimated 180 corn bread muffins.

For the full article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.