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W'akeout Thanks giving
popular in Plymouth

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BOSTON (AP) -Jean Mayer has plenty of Thanksgiving
ones, and not all of them are as sweet as her icebox
ies. She remembers long hours in the kitchen, lots of
stress and the turkey she cooked to the consistency of leather.
So two years ago, Mayer latched onto a new holiday tradi-
tion that's becoming increasingly popular, even in her home-
town of Plymouth, where Thanksgiving began.
She ordered out for her home-cooked meal.
"This way, you get more time to relax with your family,"
said Mayer, who runs an auto service and sales business with
her husband. "There's no cleanup involved afterward.
Everything goes right into the trash can. And you know I'm
not going to mess up the turkey."
Studies show fewer people are dining out on Thanksgiving.
Ut stores and restaurants nationwide have stepped in to pro-
vide ready-made meals for those who want to reduce the hol-
iday hassle and still eat at home.
Boston Market, a restaurant chain, is offering turkey meals
nationally for the first time this Thanksgiving. Three-quarters
of its 1,023 stores will open tomorrow, and the company
expects holiday sales to nearly double this year.
About 70 percent of all U.S. households will have turkey
on Thanksgiving Day, but only 30 percent actually cook a
ird, said David Jenkins of NPD Group Inc., a market
parch company. The rest either go to someone else's house,
go to a restaurant or order out.
TJakeout has increased year-round to an average of 35
mneals a year for each man, woman and child in the United
States, compared with 20 a decade ago, Jenkins said. But
since Thanksgiving is a bastion of old-fashioned home cook-
ing, any change in habits attracts attention.
"It's still pretty small. But it's a dramatic change from what
things used to be, when it had to be prepared at home,' he said.
- To see how things are changing, you need look no farther
than Plymouth, where English colonists and Wampanoag
'besmen sat down for the mother of all Thanksgiving meals
5 years ago.
The three big supermarkets in town, all part of regional
:hains, started packaging fresh or frozen holiday meals a few
years ago.
"We've had some good success. We see it as a growing
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Not necessarily knowing what to expect, admissions offi-
cials agreed that the evening was a success.
"It was extremely successful - this is superb," Vanhecke
said. "I was very pleased, and I think the faculty panel was
Ridout said she hopes students will be more encouraged to
apply to the University as a result of last night's forum.
Among the approximately 21,000 applications the Office
of Undergraduate Admissions plans to sift through in coming
months, Ridout is confident that an increasing number will
from minority students.
W"We want them to apply to the University and consider us
in their academic plans,' Ridout said.
Minority student enrollment at the University is at an all-
time high this year, with minorities comprising more than a
quarter of the student body.
There are currently 8,209 students of color enrolled at the
University - 25.4 percent of the student body, according to
University statistics.
"Increasingly, the minorities will be going to the Harvards
and Yales," LSA sophomore Alisha Gordon said yesterday in
*ngell Hall. "It's a battle for the brightest and best students."
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Kay Gendreau, owner of Geoffrey's Restaurant in Plymouth,
Mass., gets ready for Thanksgiving yesterday. Her restaurant
is a few miles from where the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth.
market," said Amy Russ, a spokesperson for Stop & Shop
Supermarket Co., a 189-store chain based in Quincy.
Star Market, which takes telephone orders for its meals,
says sales have risen every year since it began the service in
1992. Shaw's Supermarkets says sales of its frozen, pre-
cooked meals have more than doubled this year.
Calls to other supermarket chains reveal similar increases.
"During holidays, people find they have even less time
available than usual. If they spend less time in the kitchen
they can have more family time," said Ruth Kinzey of Harris
Teeter, a five-state chain based in Matthews, N.C.
Continued from Page 1
Particularly troublesome, Barbour said, was that
Republican support slipped among married women, who in
prior elections had tended to vote the same as their husbands
but this year favored Clinton and Democrats. GOP and other
polling has shown that Clinton's advocacy of school uni-
forms, neighborhood curfews and tax incentives to help pay
for college held sway with these voters.
"Education is such a crucial issue in allowing those
women voters to come back and want to come back to vote
for our candidates," Barbour said.
Republicans who favor abolishing the Department of
Education, himself among them, need to make it clear they
are not anti-education but believe federal money spent on the
Washington bureaucracy would be better spent on local
schools, Barbour said.
Many Republicans, particularly the governors, suggest the
party shouldn't be talking about abolishing the department
now anyway.
"They should be talking about eliminating some of the
oppressive rules and regulations that get in the way of edu-
cating children," said Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson.
Edgar and other Republicans who support abortion rights
believe the party's standing among women is hurt somewhat by
the GOP's anti-abortion platform. But several abortion-rights
supporters on hand for the post-election session said the party's
tone is as much to blame than its actual policy positions.


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