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Monday, December 22, 2014
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Yes, Charlie Brown, the Great Pumpkin has been found in N. Merrick
By Scott Brinton, sbrinton@liherald.com
Courtesy Sharon Byrne

It’s impossible to miss the enormous pumpkin on the front lawn of Dominic and Shannon Carioti’s North Merrick home. It weighs a whopping 566 pounds and was grown by Shannon’s uncle, Scott Russell, on his farm in upstate Corning. Russell, who retired from Corning Inc. as a glass blower, has for decades farmed 10 acres as something of a hobby, Shannon said. At left were, from left, Landon and Lacey Behrens, both 2, Johnny Carioti, 9, and Kelsey Carioti, 6, and, at front, Amanda Monforte, 1. Shannon Carioti’s brother-in-law, artist Jay Monforte, carved the pumpkin, inset.

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