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Pancake meal tradition continues

February 14, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If you ask Ed Miller, there is a good reason why the Waynesboro Lions Club's annual Pancake Breakfast has not changed very much in recent years.

People love the event the way it is, he said.

But much has changed since the club served its first pancake almost 50 years ago, Miller said.

"I think the pancake breakfast (back then) was a dollar, all you could eat," he said. "Now in 2009, it's $6, so that is not too bad."

Event Chairman Marty Schorn said even with the economy weighing on everyone's mind, the cafeteria was filled from 7 a.m. to noon with laughter rather than talk of better days.

"I'm seeing a lot of happy people," he said. "Everyone sees friends and makes friends as well."

Waynesboro has a strong sense of community, Schorn said.

Miller said that was why years ago, the breakfast welcomed the Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Business Expo in connection with the breakfast.

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Chamber Executive Director Carlene Wilhide said for all of the vendors offering promotional freebies and the smell of baking sausage, it was the new cafeteria at Waynesboro Area Senior High School that lured the people in on Saturday.

"I think a lot of people wanted to see what the new cafeteria looked like," she said. "And that is great for us."

Others, such as Lew Kline of Waynesboro, said while many might be curious about the new cafeteria, everyone came for some food.

"Food," he said. "That's why I came. It's good food."

Ryan Ely, 7, and Wyatt Freeman, 7, both of Waynesboro, agreed with Kline, saying while neither was brave enough to try the pudding, the pancakes were worth a trip back next year.

"Yeah, and to see the people, too," Wyatt said.

Feeding 1,000 people takes a good deal of planning since the breakfast seems to grow every year, Schorn said.

While the community has come to expect the same buttermilk pancakes, sausage and pork pudding, Schorn said he tries to give the breakfast a tuneup every few years by adding or upgrading something on the menu.

"This year, we have real orange juice," he said.

For 2009, 425 pounds of sausage and 135 pounds of pudding were ordered from Steely Meats of Fayetteville, Pa., Schorn said. Johnnie's Restaurant Supply of Chambersburg, Pa., was the source of other supplies, including the pancake mix that kept a large stainless steel mixer humming until almost 11 a.m. and the fruit salad, which only those who arrived before 10 a.m. got to savor.

For those who missed the breakfast this year, Schorn said he is confident the pancakes will be sizzling next year, as the breakfast never has been canceled in more than 45 years.

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