The smell of frying potatoes caught Wheatfield resident Georgia Korosecz and her two sisters in the parking lot, and the siren's call lured them into Adams Volunteer Fire Co. for a hearty breakfast.
Once a month, October through March, the Wheatfield fire company raises funds by cooking up what it calls a Farmers Breakfast. The fare is simple, but all-you-can eat -- coffee, tea, juice, milk, eggs, sausage, ham, fruit, pancakes, french toast, pastries, not to mention those alluring potatoes. Many of the Adams' breakfast fans at the opening breakfast last month were soon back in line for generous seconds served by friendly and smiling volunteers.
This month's breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.
It was a first time visit for Korosecz and her sisters, Sue Korosecz of Getzville and Marion Mackney of Lockport. Georgia had spotted a sign by the road advertising the event and decided they would stop by before church.
"I'm very glad; it's delicious," she said.
This is the fourth year for the breakfast. Joe and Linda Connell, members of Wheatfield's St. Johnsburg Volunteer Fire Co., have been regulars since the start.
"It's good, it's cheap, and you get to eat as much as you want," said Joe. "We like to support the firehall -- that's the main reason."
Long tables allow breakfast eaters to socialize with old friends or meet new ones. Last month, former member Vincent Pino and his wife, residents of Green Valley, Ariz., for the first time happened to be in town visiting their son Bob, president of Adams, on a breakfast week. Of course, they had to try the breakfast they'd heard so much about.
The breakfast is a lot of work, usually taking three to four days of preparations such as boiling potatoes, breaking eggs, chopping onions and setting up the hall, according to Jerry McCormick, volunteer firefighter, EMT and "senior pancake operator" at Adams.
"A lot of town residents just can't wait until we start it up again each year," McCormick added.
The volunteers enjoy the camaraderie of working the breakfast, but as Fire Chief Danial Guiher, busily dipping bread for french toast, said, "At the end of the day, we usually don't want to eat anything."
His wife, Tiffani, was manning a table of baskets featuring candy and fall decorations to be raffled. Each month, there's at least one big basket, or sometimes several, she said.
Chief Guiher said the money raised at the breakfasts will supplement the money the fire company gets from the town and help get needed equipment, such as replacing a 1986 fire truck that's "getting kind of old."
Will Bush has been an Adams volunteer for about 37 years. His granddaughter Kaitlyn Livingston, EMT and firefighter and breakfast worker, is the third generation to serve Adams.
Bush said the breakfast is a winner. The fire company years ago used to raise funds by selling chowder, but that involved getting up in the middle of the night to make preparations, he said.
"Now they just get up in the middle of the night to fight fires, or go to an accident, or put people back into bed!" said auxiliary member Nancy Mihalko.
Upcoming dates for the Farmers Breakfast (the second Sunday of the month) are Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and March 13. Adams is located at 7113 Nash Road, Wheatfield, a quarter mile north of Niagara Falls Boulevard.All-you-can-eat cost for adults and children 12 and up is $8; children ages 6 to 11 pay $5, and children 5 and under are free.