Pancake fry held in Sykesville

Left: Mike Carlson, president of the Lions Club in Sykesville, cooks up some pancakes Friday at the Lions Club’s annual pancake fry at the Town Hall. Right: On Friday in Sykesville at the Lions Club’s annual pancake fry, William Hilliard of Troutville, seated, is waited on by Jeffrey Morris, left, and Hilliard’s grandson, Antonio Giambanco.

By Eric Hrin

SYKESVILLE – Young people are helping to carry out an old tradition this weekend in Sykesville.

At the Lions Club's 64th Annual Pancake Fry at the Sykesville Town Hall, children are performing a variety of tasks.

Mike Carlson, president of the Lions Club, said that nine children from the community were helping out Friday.

In addition, Boy Scouts from Sykesville were scheduled to help Saturday and Boy Scouts from DuBois on Sunday with the three-day event. High school students from Punxsutawney and DuBois were also going to lend a hand for community service.

Carlson noted the ways in which children benefit from the experience.

“The kids get a good learning experience to help out with the community,” he said.

Also, he said it instills a work habit in them.

“And it's fun,” said one of the children, Antonio Giambanco, 9, of Sykesville, who was helping out Friday.

“We get to do stuff,” he said. In addition to serving people, he was cleaning up, wiping tables and talking to people.

Giambanco even got to wait on was his grandfather, William Hilliard of Troutville, who showed up to eat Friday afternoon.

Hilliard liked having the tables turned, with his grandson serving him.

“I got to wait on him otherwise,” he said.

Carlson said even a second grader, Rachel Peace, was helping out.

“That little girl was a ball.”

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