For Portland's Italians, a cookie bonanza

Aug 11, 2013 718

by Meredith Goad

Lucille Chaisson took a break from making cookie dough at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church and pointed out the open parish hall door to the stately brick house where she was born 73 years ago.
"My dad served Mass at this church every morning for 50 years, and my mother worked in the rectory," Chaisson said. "She was the cook in the rectory. Our roots go way, way back."

As a child, Chaisson would come to the annual St. Peter's Italian Bazaar with her grandmother, whose job was to cut all the pizza by hand. "It was a special occasion," she said. "My mother would get me all dressed up."

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