Health Department tells church, 'No potluck'

ASHLAND — Because of sanitation concerns, Saturday's International Day of Peace at First United Methodist Church will not have a potluck.

A meal will be served out of the church's kitchen, and a donation will be solicited.

The event, part of a worldwide celebration for the past three decades, will feature music by the Ashland Peace Choir, dancing and speeches, but participants are asked not to bring a potluck dish, as originally planned.

The Jackson County Health Department told organizers that "due to the very public nature of Global Feast for Peace and the uncertainty of the sanitation of personal kitchens, we cannot hold a potluck," said Herbert Rothschild, Peace House chairman.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wesley Hall behind the church, on Laurel Street.

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