Serving them up in Corsica

Kaylay Clark, left, picks up an order from Misse Smith at the Corsica Volunteer Fire Company’s breakfast

By Jess Weible

CORSICA — This past Sunday, not even the bitterly cold temperatures could keep locals away from a good, hot breakfast with the Corsica Fire Department. Volunteers were serving a full menu, including old-fashioned buckwheat pancakes and their specialty omelettes starting at 7 a.m. until around 10 a.m.

Volunteer Kayla Clark, who helped serve their patrons, was there bright and early, ready for a big crowd. “There were people here at 6 a.m. when I got here,” she said. In fact, Clark says the busiest time is usually right around 7 a.m.

According to Terry Leadbetter, who has been with the fire department for more than 40 years, the Corsica Volunteer Fire Department started the pancake breakfast during the mid 1970s as a way to help pay for renovations to their newly-acquired building.

The CVFD paid just one dollar to the Clarion-Limestone School District for the building. The building itself was built in 1926 and was originally the Corsica Union High School. Leadbetter remembers when the building was still a school and there was an auditorium stage near what is now the entryway to the fire hall.

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After the renovations were complete, the Sunday breakfast was so popular, they continued with it as a way to pay for the maintenance of the building, particularly during the cold, winter months. “It pays the maintenance and the gas bills,” Leadbetter explained. “It takes a lot to heat this place.”

Leadbetter says the department appreciates how so many people from not only Corsica, but from Hazen, Clarion, and Brookville come out to support the Corsica Fire Department during this time of the year. The Corsica Fire Department Sunday morning breakfast will continue through March 25th.

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