WHO: Edgar A. Bradberry, 81, Sackets Harbor. For about the past 35 years, he has been the cook at the pancake breakfast that follows the annual Easter sunrise service in the village.
The ecumenical service begins at 6:30 a.m. along the waterfront on the battlefield. Afterward, breakfast is served at the United Presbyterian Church at 101 S. Broad St., where Mr. Bradberry and about a half dozen family members and other volunteers have prepared for the hungry crowd. Breakfast is served until the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday service at the church.
“We ask him every year if he’s going to do it,” said daughter Sarah Rogers. “He just does it. He hasn’t passed the torch, or the wisk, down yet.”
Mr. Bradberry graduated from high school in Iageer, W.Va., (he still has the accent) served two years in the Army and 23 years in the Army Reserve. He was a civilian employee of Fort Drum, retiring as a heavy-equipment mechanic. “If all goes well” he and his wife, Melbetra I. (Aldous) will celebrate their 60th anniversary in August. They had nine children. Two are deceased.
How did you get involved in this pancake project?
“I go to church here, and they wanted me to work on it and I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve also made pancakes for the Lions Club, school fundraisers and I made them when I was in the Army. I was making them years ago when Sackets Harbor had the ice fishing derby. I used to make pancakes for my kids. I knew how to do it.”
Are people pretty hungry when they show up after the Easter sunrise service?
“The first thing they do is hit the coffee pot.”
How many pancakes do you make?
“If there’s a lot of people, I use three batches. I use 5 pounds of flour per batch.”
What recipe do you use?
“It’s a family recipe. There’s no measurement.”
Do you cook at home?
“Oh, yeah. My wife is bedridden and I do all the cooking. But my daughters bring in a lot of stuff.”
What’s the cost of the breakfast?
“It’s a freewill donation.”
What else is served besides pancakes?
“Sausage, orange juice and real maple syrup.”
Why do you volunteer to do this?
“I just like doing it. I usually walk around and ask if they’ve had enough to eat and so forth. God willing, I plan to keep going.”
People might read this and check out the Easter pancake breakfast. Would you be ready for a larger crowd?
“Well, I hope so. I’ll probably have to make three batches instead of two.”
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