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Flapjacks for the fire department

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Again this year members of the Washington Fire Department will be flipping flapjacks Wednesday as part of the annual fire department pancake lunch and dinner.
GTNS file photo Again this year members of the Washington Fire Department will be flipping flapjacks Wednesday as part of the annual fire department pancake lunch and dinner.

With the last pancake day at the current Washington Fire Station scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, firefighter Mark Chenoweth hopes people come out and help set a standard for the firefighters to meet in the new station.

Chenoweth also said if the weather improves, participants may get the chance to see the beginnings of the new fire station being erected in the vacant lot next to the existing station. While mostly site work has been done to this point on the new fire station, he explained a little shell of the building may be added this week. He hopes it will be in time for the annual pancake feed.

“This is the last pancake day in this building and we hope to go out with a bang,” he said. “We are thankful for the continued support of the community for pancake day.”

The Fire Department will be having its annual pancake lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., at the fire station Wednesday. The event has been held at the fire station since the 1950s and features pancakes, eggs, and fresh sausage.

Three to four months before the event, the fire department gets the dates scheduled for about 13 hogs to be processed. A month before the event they order the pancake batter and syrup and then start selling tickets at the beginning of January. Chenoweth said last year, with a goal of 2,000 attendees, about 1,800 hungry Washingtonians were served.

“Some years we only get 1,500,” he said. “It just depends on the year.”

Proceeds from the event will go to additional training for the firefighters as well as needed equipment. This year Chenoweth believes the proceeds will be used to help outfit the new fire station.

Tickets can be bought ahead of time from any fire department member or at the fire station or at the door the day of the pancake lunch/dinner.

Pancake Day is always held the second Wednesday in January.