This week’s Thanksgiving edition of the Star-Gazette will be filled with more than ads



Wondering what’s going on with all the construction at the corner of Main and Church in downtown Elmira?

Or how Elmira volunteer Sharon Birdsall seems to be everywhere people are in need in the community? Maybe you’re already wondering about 2024, and how a pivotal election year could impact your hometown and the nation.

The Star-Gazette 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 Star-Gazette’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 Star-Gazette 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 include a profile of Birdsall, an Elmira native who lives the holiday ethos of giving back and good cheer year-round. Birdsall is ubiquitous with several community volunteer groups. Discover what motivates her to go above and beyond for her fellow Chemung County residents.

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. 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.

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.

More: Elmira budget calls for property tax bump, preserves services. What to know about proposal

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 Star-Gazette’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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