PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8961 posts, RR: 40 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1844 times:
Quote: ROCHESTER, Pa. -- On the first Friday of Lent, an elderly female parishioner of St. Cecilia Catholic Church began unwrapping pies at the church. That's when the trouble started.
A state inspector, there for an annual checkup on the church's kitchen, spied the desserts. After it was determined that the pies were home-baked, the inspector decreed they couldn't be sold.
"Everyone was devastated," says Josie Reed, a 69-year-old former teacher known for her pumpkin and berry pies.
Sold for $1 a slice, homemade pies have always been part of the Lenten fish-fry dinners at St. Cecilia's, located in this tiny city near Pittsburgh. Similar dinners are held in church basements and other venues across the country this time of year.
The problem is the pies are illegal in Pennsylvania. Under the state's food-safety code, facilities that provide food at four or more events in a year require at least a temporary eating and drinking license, and food has to be prepared in a state-inspected kitchen. Many churches have six fish fries a year, on Fridays during Lent. St. Cecilia's has always complied with having its kitchen licensed, so food made there is fine to serve. But homemade goods don't make the cut.
The disappearance of Mary Pratte's coconut-cream pie, Louise Humbert's raisin pie and Marge Murtha's "farm apple" pie from the fish-fry fund-raisers sparked an uproar that spread far beyond the small parish. The local paper dubbed it "piegate," and a nearby bakery donated pies to the church to help fill the gap at the dessert table. There are reports of other churches continuing to sell contraband pastries. Legislation to overturn the baked-goods ban is being discussed.
Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1810 times:
I don't think those pies should be legal. Who knows what she put in them? She could poison the whole church. Has she had any formal training in pie preparation? How many pies does a person need anyway? The Founders didn't see fit to to protect anyone's right to pies, so we should just outlaw all of them. What if she is an anti-social anetter with an enemies list? I am sure a psychologist would love to talk to her. How many people have died or been bured by pies, pie related items, or pie-induced illnesses?
Max550 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1744 times:
Pennsylvania has some of the most ridiculous laws on the books. I've had the misfortune of living there for 20 years. The legislature will not overturn this because they prefer to spend their time on far more trivial issues.