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Lions serve up hotcakes for hospice

WEST CHAZY One local organization has found a way to raise money for a good cause and honor one of its own. It can be summed up in one word pancakes. The Beekmantown chapter of Lions Club International hosted its 17th annual pancake breakfast to benefit Hospice of the North Country Feb. 10. The event started as a tribute to Lions Club members who had passed away, but more recently was dedicated to former charter member Joe Thompson. He was our oldest and most irascible member, club treasurer and chief cook James Carlin said jokingly as he manned the grill. During the course of the day, volunteers from the Lions Club and Beekmantown Central School served up stacks of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon to more than 200 hungry guests, raising nearly $700 for Hospice. Weve all been touched by the people Hospice has helped, said Mr. Carlin. This is our way to create awareness of the club and Hospice. The event is one of many fundraisers hosted by the volunteer service organization. One hundred percent of the funds raised go back into the community to support such organizations as Hospice and Girl Scouts. Prospective members are welcome to join the club's regular dinner meetings at Gumas Restaurant in West Chazy. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact club president Dennis Hulbert at 561-4692.

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