CG Lions serve pancakes, community spirit

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 10, 2004

COAL GROVE - By 10:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a line of people waiting to get into the Dawson-Bryant High School Cafetorium and all of those people had one thing on their minds: breakfast.

The annual Harold Haney Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Coal Grove Lion's Club, brought out an estimated 700 people who were served not only a plateful of food but a heaping helping of small-town fellowship as well.

"You know Coal Grove has Family Fun Days?" Lions Club past president Tom Carey asked. "Well, this is along the same lines. People come together and support the community. That's the good thing about living in Coal Grove. This is kind of like a reunion."

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Clarence and Donna Kosper of Coal Grove agreed. They come every year to the pancake breakfast.

"Just the atmosphere, the people and the good food," Clarence Kosper said. "You see a lot of people you haven't seen in a while."

Eight members of Boy Scout Troop 103 and Crew 103 volunteered to help serve food.

"The Lions Club helps us and we help them. We do community service projects and this helps with that," Leader Marion Harrison said.

How much food does it take to feed 700 hungry people? Approximately 36 bottles of syrup, 36-48 boxes of pancake mix and 12-16 gallons of milk to prepare the mix, 32 gallons of milk to drink, nine pounds of coffee and 100 pounds of sausage.

The money raised supports various Lions Club projects throughout the year including eyeglasses for the needy.