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Kiwanis Club offers another year of free pancakes

  • Diane Tatro and her daughters Sara Tatro, 8, and Hanna Tatro, 6, are served pancakes at the Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s 2016 annual pancake breakfast at the United Church of Bernardston. Recorder file photo

  • Bernardston police officer Darren Gale and his girlfriend Amber Clifton eat breakfast at the Bernardston Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast at the United Church of Bernardston Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Bob Messer, 91, greets people at the door as Santa, played by Sal Arnone, entertains children at the Bernardston Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast at the United Church of Bernardston Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s free pancakes are back for a third helping Saturday.

Club member Andrew Girard said the breakfast will be held at the United Church of Bernardston from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The event, as in years past, will feature free pancakes, sausage and coffee, Girard said. The event is also intended to celebrate the season with a visit from Santa from around 9 to 10:30 a.m. and, weather permitting, horse-drawn carriage rides offered by David Allen from 8 to 10 a.m.

“This’ll be the third year in the row we’ve done it,” Girard said of the breakfast. “Hopefully we’re doing it in 50 years.”

The main purpose, he said, is to give back to the community of people who support the Bernardston Kiwanis Club.

“I think for me at least, and I’d hope for the rest of the Kiwanians, it’s a thank you to the community for supporting us throughout the year,” Girard said. “It’s the thank you to the folks who come to our chicken pot pie suppers, who come see us at the fair, who take the time to see us at Scarecrow in the Park.”

Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the Franklin Area Survival Center, or a toy for the Bernardston Police and Firemen’s Association’s Toys for Tots drive, which is not affiliated with the Kiwanis Club’s breakfast.

Cash donations will also be accepted at the door, Girard said.

“If people feel like they need to bring something they can, but it is free,” he said.

The toy drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Girard said. Residents who can’t attend the collection Saturday can also donate toys by contacting the Bernardston Police Department at 413-648-9208.