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      Eat pancakes, help local kids

      National Pancake Day lasts from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

      It's National Pancake Day once again and area IHOPs are flipping free flapjacks to help sick children in northwest Ohio.

      For the seventh year in a row, IHOP restaurants will serve a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. All they ask in return is to consider leaving a donation for the Children's Miracle Network at Mercy Children's Hospital.

      IHOP's National Pancake Day celebration has raised nearly $8 million for charities. The 2012 goal is raising $2.7 million more.

      For more information or to make an online donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.