50 years and counting for fly-in breakfast at Barre

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

BARRE – A big crowd is expected this morning for the fly-in pancake breakfast at Pine Hill Airport. The airport started the breakfasts 50 years ago as a fund-raiser. There is another breakfast planned the second Sunday in September.

Gene Haines, one of the leaders of the airport, said the Pine Hill crew of 20 volunteers is ready to serve 700 breakfasts this morning. The breakfasts raise money to help maintain the site and keep the airport open.

The airport on Pine Hill Road is the only one in Orleans County with a hard-surface runway.

Ace Caldwell has been volunteering at the breakfasts for 40 years, “give or take,” he said this morning. The airport started serving at 7 a.m. and will have pancakes, eggs and sausage available until noon.

Pete Nesbitt, left, and Michael Buongiorne are cooking pancakes at Pine Hill Airport. Nesbitt helped start the airport in 1960 with his brother Bob and Gene Haines.

The airport is home for many vintage planes from the World War II era.