Firing up the cakes
Having only taken over the principalship at St. James School during the middle of last year, Chet Wisniewski said that he has never had the opportunity to attend the annual Washington Fire Department Pancake Day.
In fact, he said, hailing from Regina, he had never attended any kind of pancake feed, with the exception of the St. James Fall Festival. During lunchtime today he sat at one of the many tables set up in the fire hall and happily poured syrup over his plate of freshly grilled pancakes, farm-fresh eggs and locally produced sausage patties.
“I love it,” he said, motioning around to nary a vacant seat in the house. “All these people here – it is great.”
He said that he learned about the annual event because some of his students were going to attend. He said that he hoped to meet some more Washington people. With the line already running out the door by noon, there were plenty of people for him to choose from. He also said that he wanted to let people know that St. James supports the community in its endeavors.
The annual Pancake Day is the main fundraiser for the Washington Fire Department. Pancakes will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Washington Fire Station. Proceeds will go to training and equipment for the fire department.
Pancake day chair and firetruck driver Joe Redlinger said that the discussion of how long pancake day had been going on had come up this year.
“I think we are right at 50 years,” he said. “
He said that the fire hall is jampacked with 25 cases of eggs, 23 cases (92 gallons) of milk, 1,400 pounds of sausage, and 20 cases of pancake batter. As it has been for many years, Redlinger said that the department is planning to serve about 1,500 people during its two shifts. Redlinger said that he has been trying to break 1,500 people for a few years now.
“I hope we can make it to 1,600,” he said.