MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- In a monumental effort that put it in the news all over the Ohio Valley, a Meijer store here made its annual Fat Tuesday, paczki-eating contest an event that bolstered its connection to the community. Paczki, paczki-eating contests, paczki balls, and other paczki fests and promotions have been hiking midwinter sales for in-store bakeries ever since Carl Richardson, aka Mr. Paczki, in conjunction with the Retailer's Bakery Association, Laurel, Md., formed a national ...

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