FREDERICKTOWN — The ovens were hot, and the smell of freshly-baked cookies filled the air Wednesday in Fredericktown. An annual tradition was renewed this year with members of Thrall Lodge No. 170 Free and Accepted Masons as they once again were making cookies for a “special” cause.
Approximately 2,700 athletes from across the state will gather in Columbus this weekend to compete in 11 sporting events in the 2013 Ohio Special Olympics. Members of Thrall Lodge will be providing a little bit of Knox County flavor to the Special Olympics by donating 100 dozen cookies for the athletes to enjoy during the games.
The annual project of providing cookies for Special Olympics began 20 years ago, and chairman for this year’s project is Jerry Faust, who has been Past Master and chaplain for the Lodge. Thrall Lodge also routinely makes monetary donations to support other services at Special Olympics.
Serving as assistant chairman for the project is Vince Pugh. “These are chocolate chip cookies,” said Pugh, as the cookie sheets were being taken out of an oven at the Lodge. “The recipe is an old family recipe,” he said, although he was not willing to divulge the ingredients in the recipe.
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