Thanksgiving

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Northwest travelers should expect airports, roads, bus and train stations to be crowded this week. It’s projected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season in seven years. Marie Dodds is with Triple-A Oregon. She says the improving economy has an influence.

Dodds: "Americans are more optimistic about the future. They're feeling better about their personal economic situations.  And when people feel like that they tend to spend more on things like travel.”

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Whiteaker Community Dinners plans to serve more than 2,000 people for their 26th annual free Thanksgiving Day meal.

Over 600 people volunteer to make the Whiteaker Thanksgiving Dinner possible. All the food is donated. Organizer Beverly Farfan says that doesn’t include additional community volunteers who collect supplies for people in need.  
 

Eugene Airport Expecting Long Lines

Nov 27, 2013

Sunday is expected to be one of the busiest ever for travelers through the Eugene Airport. Wednesday, the airport experienced a five hundred passenger bump over a normal day.

On Wednesday, the airport saw security lines stretching to baggage claim and back. Airport Security Manager Kaitlin Hunter says passengers need to plan ahead.

The annual Whitaker Dinner is trying to reduce its material waste, and has taken a big step towards doing so through reusable silverware. 

The Lane County Master Recycler program came up with the idea of acquiring metal utensils about 3 years  ago and finally reached their goal last month. 3,000 forks, 1,500 knives and 1,200 spoons have been collected to be used by the more than 2,000 people who attend the banquet. Coordinator Kelly Bell is glad to have their own set after relying on others for so long.