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Wondering how a small group of volunteers in Corning and Painted Post manage to serve up 700 free meals across the region on Thanksgiving Day?

Or where to go out to eat if cooking a big Thanksgiving meal just isn’t in the cards this year? Perhaps you’re plotting how to get away from digital checkouts and shop locally this holiday season.

Maybe you’re already wondering about 2024, and how a pivotal election year could impact your hometown and the nation.

The Leader has you covered.

Our special Thanksgiving edition will be packed with stories focused on Thanksgiving, along with look-aheads through the remainder of the holiday season and beyond. You will also find the usual assortment of ads and special deals offered by retailers to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping.

The Leader’s Thanksgiving edition will be delivered on Wednesday, before the hustle and bustle that comes with holiday travel, food prep and visits from family and friends. On Thursday, The Leader will be available to subscribers via our e-Edition at It will have more stories, plus our daily puzzles and comics.

If you don’t feel like cooking this Thanksgiving, we will have a list of area restaurants keeping their doors open on Turkey Day.

Wednesday’s special edition will also profile Act-N-Do, a group of volunteers that lives up to its name every Thanksgiving. The organization expects to serve 700 free meals this year from home bases at Fran’s Landing in Painted Post and Christ Episcopal Church in Corning. Hear from the volunteers who make it happen, and how it brightens the holiday for recipients.

Ryan McFall is also pretty busy this holiday season. The Corning entrepreneur is preparing to open Empire Sports of the Southern Tier at the former Trinity Church in downtown Elmira. The impressive transformation is nearly complete. We’ll have the scoop on all the activities McFall is bringing to the facility. Spoiler alert: A lot of fun will be had at Empire Sports.

Thanksgiving means Christmas is just around the corner, and Wednesday’s edition will feature guides to holiday events happening in the Elmira and Corning areas through the rest of 2023. Santa Claus is coming to town, and you won’t want to miss him.

We’ll also have shopping guides to Market Street businesses hoping for big crowds on Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday.

Looking toward the nation’s capital, 23rd District Congressman Nick Langworthy will discuss his first term and what is ahead in 2024. Hear how legislation in Washington will impact the Southern Tier.

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In addition to these stories and more, the Thanksgiving edition will also have a special bonus section, featuring:

  • A guide to sports viewing for the holiday weekend.
  • Two full pages of recipes, plus the numbers for food-related hotlines, should you overcook the sweet potatoes.
  • The Giant Thanksgiving Crossword. It will be two facing pages across to test your and your family’s puzzle-solving skills.
  • Kids coloring and games, as well as other games and puzzles for adults.
  • The folks at Reviewed, part of the USA TODAY Network, will provide their ratings for hot items this holiday.
  • More stories about how Americans are giving thanks this holiday, as well as a list of important dates to remember through the season.

The Leader’s Thanksgiving content will also be available online throughout the week, along with other local stories aimed at getting you through the holiday season.

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