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Eichentopfs honored for years of "Otto's" contributions

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Lots of folks snap photos of Gretchen and Jerry Eichentopf holding the award, in the Ottos lobby, presented by members of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association.After the Eichentopf family members who own and run Otto's Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market ij Woodstock hung the daily “closed” sign in the front door on March 26, a contingent of Eastmoreland neighbors slipped into the store.

“Jerry and Gretchen Eichentopf, and their family members, have been part of our Fourth of July Celebration for a long, long time,” remarked the outgoing coordinator of the annual event, Karen Mularski.

“When Steve Baker agreed to be our new event Chair, he said it was high time to recognize the Eichentopf family for all the wonderful work they've done, for decades” Mularski told THE BEE.

Every year, they set up a “portable restaurant” in the Duniway Elementary School parking lot. “They grill and serve sausages on a roll – last year, to about 1,200 people – after the parade.”

Cameras and cell phones flashed, as photos were taken of Gretchen and Jerry Eichentopf, who modestly acknowledged the accolade, when they walked in on the unexpected celebration as they returned to the front of the store to lock the door for the night.

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