Local residents celebrate Father's Day at American Legion breakfast
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
Early on Father’s Day morning (June 16), the destination for many Lebanon dads was the American Legion breakfast held at Post 180. According to Dennis Roberts, the current judge advocate of the post, the breakfast has been a Father’s Day tradition for the past 10 years.
At a table near the center of the dining hall, Lebanon resident Audrey Clark enjoyed breakfast with her husband, Marty, and her father, Howard Bates. “We always come here on Father’s Day,” said Clark. “It’s a way to support the American Legion and spend time with my dad.” Marty said that he especially enjoys spending Father’s Day with Howard since his own dad passed away several years ago.
After breakfast, the couple planned to attend church. Later in the day, the trio hoped to spend some time getting chores done around the house and garden. “We’re lucky enough to live right next door to each other,” said Audrey.
Nearby, Keith Worthington was enjoying breakfast with his wife, Heidi, and three of their children. “We’re missing one,” said Keith, explaining that his oldest daughter, Danielle, was visiting friends in California. The Worthingtons, too, planned to head to church after breakfast. After that, they were off to a going-away party for a Lyman Memorial High School foreign exchange student. Then, the plan was to have Keith’s parents over for dinner. “We’re very blessed to be doing that fairly often,” said Heidi, noting that the children’s grandparents live in nearby Franklin.
Lt. Commander Andrew Holley was lucky enough to be celebrating Father’s Day with his extended family. He was eating breakfast with his wife, Pamela, his mom, Jonell, and his dad, Bill. On his lap was his 2-year-old son, Hunter. “There’s three generations of Holleys here,” said Bill.
As Hunter enjoyed a plate of scrambled eggs, Holley talked about the family’s plans for the rest of the day. Pamela planned to stay home “and get some quiet time,” said Holley. Holley planned to spend the remainder of Father’s Day bow fishing on the Thames River with his parents and son.