18 times • MARCH 26, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.timesnewsweekly.com Old world flavors keep Ridgewood butcher going for holidays and beyond Holy Week at TRINITY-ST. ANDREW’S LUTHERAN CHURCH of Maspeth 60th Street & 60th Avenue • 718-821-6662 MAUNDY THURSDAY Holy Eucharist April 2nd at 7:00 pm GOOD FRIDAY Solemn Liturgy April 3rd at 3:00 pm THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD Easter Eucharist April 5th at 10:30 am Blessing of Paschal Candle Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Special Music Sacred Heart Church 83-17 78th Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385 • (718) 821-6434 Rev. John J. Fullum, Pastor EASTER 2015 PALM SUNDAY SCHEDULE (Eve) Saturday, March 28 - Mass at 5:00 p.m. Confessions 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PALM SUNDAY - March 29 Masses at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., & 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE Monday, March 30 Confessions 3 - 7 p.m. in Church 7 - 9 p.m. in Rectory HOLY THURSDAY - April 2 8:30 a.m. Mass 7:30 p.m. Concelebrated Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Procession to the Repository GOOD FRIDAY - April 3 3 & 7:30 p.m. - Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord. Veneration of the Cross HOLY SATURDAY - April 4 8:30 am Blessing of Food Confessions 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Solemn Easter Vigil Service EASTER SUNDAY - April 5 NO EVENING MASS Masses at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., & 11:30 a.m. by Kelly Marie Mancuso email@example.com, @ timesnewsweekly Nestled on Catalpa Avenue off the bustling Forest Avenue is Morscher’s Pork Store, a Ridgewood staple for over half of a century and a popular place for many local families to find their Easter ham or roast. Morscher’s Pork Store was originally established in the town of Gottscheer, Slovenia, when it was still part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Herbert Morscher’s uncle and cousin migrated to the United States and opened the pork store at its first location on Onderdonk and Green Avenues in Ridgewood. In 1955, they relocated to Catalpa Avenue and have been here ever since. Morscher’s specializes in a wide variety of smoked and dried meats, such as proscuitto, salami and dry sausage. All of their meats are smoked in-house with a special dry wood hickory blend. Herbert Morscher explained that he tried to recreate the environment of the Alps here in Ridgewood within the shop’s in-house meat drying room: “The best dry products come from the Alps because of the consistent temperature and humidity.” The menu and offerings at Morscher’s have evolved over the years to accommodate the needs of the changing demographic of the neighborhood. “We always try to cater to the neighborhood. We didn’t just pick one ethnicity to support,” Morscher explained. Morscher’s grandfather taught him the old German saying “Du Mubt die Kircle im dem Dorf lasse,” which translates to “You must keep the Church in town,” with regard to prices. “We always charge a fair price for the people. That’s how we kind of survived through all the years,” he stated. In addition to providing fair prices and variety, Morscher’s has served as a valuable part of the Ridgewood community for decades. “In the 1960’s, Ridgewood was the textile capital of the world,” Morscher recalled, “A lot of the knitting mill workers would come here to shop for their week, and we always cashed their paychecks for them, free of charge.” The staff at Morscher’s is currently preparing their much-loved specialty offerings for Easter. Their best selling items are their homemade smoked Easter hams in both the boneless and bone-in varieties. They are also featuring American spring leg of lamb and Easter salami, which is handmade in a natural casing and smoked in-house for over twelve hours. In addition to their smoked meats and sausages, Morscher’s also features a full line of fresh meat, chicken and pork. They also sell artisanal bread made locally at Silver Bell Bakery in Middle Village and Old World Bakery on Forest Avenue in Ridgewood. “We try to support the local businesses. We all have to look out for each other,” Morscher added. Morscher’s legacy of craftsmanship, pride and dedication to the community is evident throughout the well-stocked shop. “What we’re doing is a dying trade,” Morscher explained. “It’s one thing to open a butcher shop where you’re cutting meat, but it’s another thing to process and manufacture everything fresh for the customer. That’s what a butcher shop should be.” Morscher’s Pork Store, nestled on Catalpa Avenue in Ridgewood.
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