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50+ Years Flipping Flapjacks for Fundraisers

 50+ Years Flipping Flapjacks for Fundraisers:
Troop #457 to Host Pancake/Buckwheat & Sausage Breakfast.


The New Stanton Mill, circa 1941. Though no longer standing, this grist and feed mill was operated by the Painter, Stanton, and Hepler families from the mid-1800s through the late 1900s. Photo courtesy of Stanton Milling.

New Stanton, PA – On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Boy Scout Troop # 457 will host its annual Pancake/Buckwheat and Sausage Breakfast fundraiser at the New Stanton Fire Hall from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost for this all-you-can-eat event is $7.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under can eat for free! The New Stanton Fire Department is located at 108 South Main Street in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, 15672.

This breakfast is an annual tradition. Stanton Milling, which originated in the old grist mill on Sewickley Creek in the village of New Stanton, donates the pancake and self-rising buckwheat pancake mix for the flapjacks each year. Troop leaders and Boy Scouts rise before sun-up to heat up the griddle, help prepare the food, and serve an average of 600 people roughly 1,500 flapjacks. “Funds raised at this breakfast will help approximately 20 Scouts go to summer camp at Camp Conestoga,” said Scout Master Charles Stack.

Though Troop #457 has been active for 40 years, this tradition of supporting Boy Scout pancake breakfasts has been going on for more than 50 years. “Our family acquired Stanton Milling from the Stanton Family in 1947,” said Rob Hepler, “and for as long as I have been involved with Scouting, since the mid-1950s, we’ve been donating the pancake products for these breakfasts.”



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Left & Center: Members of Boy Scout Troop # 457 at the First Aid Meet at Hempfield High School, and carving wood at Summer Camp Conestoga. Photos courtesy of Scout Master Charles Stack.  Right:  In their Boy Scout uniforms are Robert G. Hepler (left) and his brother David of Youngwood, PA in 1957, pictured with their siblings and father. Photo courtesy of the Hepler family.


“Stanton’s Own Self-Rising Buckwheat Pancakes” on a hot griddle, topped with bananas, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Hungry breakfast-goers can put their money where their mouths are, so-to-speak. And at the same time, they can taste something very unique and native to New Stanton: Self-rising buckwheat pancakes. Many think that buckwheat is a grain. However, it does not grow like typical grassy grain plants (think wheat). It is more like a fruit, and in fact is related to the rhubarb plant. Buckwheat plants produce seeds which are eaten or ground into a dark, grainy-like flour. Traditionally, buckwheat pancake yeast mix had to raise overnight. But Stanton’s hearty, dark-grain pancakes are special, as they may have been the first mix created in the late 1800s to which you only had to add water. No yeast, buttermilk, eggs, or oil.

Best of all, no reservations are necessary for the Saturday morning breakfast. Simply come as you are: Bed-head, pajamas, hard-hat, snow boots, or coat and tie. Just come hungry.

BSA Troop #457 meets at the United Methodist Church in New Stanton. For more information about Troop #457, contact Scout Master Charles Stack at (724) 925-1697. To learn more about Stanton Milling, call (724) 925-2901, visit www.facebook.com/StantonMilling, or find their products locally at Hepler’s Hardware, located at 818 Route 119N in New Stanton, PA.

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SM #01.30.15
January 30, 2015
Media Contact: Megan A. Orient
(540) 841-8089

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