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A sweet treat before Lent

Pancakes and syrup on the menu for Shrove Tuesday

Hannah Crowther, 7, of Rotterdam, watches with a smile as her sister Harley Crowther, 17, pours maple syrup on her pancakes at a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam on Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Hannah Crowther, 7, of Rotterdam, watches with a smile as her sister Harley Crowther, 17, pours maple syrup on her pancakes at a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam on Tuesday.
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For many people, Fat Tuesday anticipates the Lenten season. Hannah Crowther celebrated a maple Tuesday instead. The 7-year-old smiled as she poured maple syrup over pancakes — and kept pouring — at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam Tuesday night. “You cut them up,” advised Hannah’s mother, Tammi. “You can put more on in a minute.” Rotterdam’s Crowther family participated in the Shrove Tuesday tradition at Messiah for the first time. Dozens of other church members ...

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