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Larece Galer brings you the latest military news. To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Veterans program at fair informative

Veterans Day at the Lake County Fair once again proved to be a fun and informative time for my husband and me.
The ceremony hosted by the Lake County Veterans Service Commission was packed full of information.
Assistant Director Gini Geffert and Veterans Service Officer Jami Abel did a wonderful job explaining to the audience what the Commission does and how they can help veterans obtain benefits they may be eligible for.
Guests included Tricia McKinnon of the Ohio Veterans Home; Rachael Oberlander, director of the Painesville VA Clinic; and greetings from U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce and Ohio Sen. John Eklund.
The presentation of a Purple Heart to Sgt. Willie Long was an emotional moment. The medal was earned while he as in the Army serving in Vietnam.
If you are a veteran and have not applied for benefits or are not sure if you are eligible for benefits, call the Lake County Veterans Service Commission at 440-350-2904, they can help with the paperwork to obtain the benefits you have earned.

Madison High football named in honor of Vietnam Veteran
Madison High School’s Football Field will be renamed the “Dick Hamblin Field” during ceremonies at the field beginning at 6 p.m., Aug. 28. Hamblin Field was named for the Madison High school graduate who was killed in action in Vietnam Sept. 21, 1967.
The original football field behind the old Madison High School on West Main Street was known as the Dick Hamblin Field  but the structure was removed to make way for the new South Elementary School. The new field behind Madison High School on Burns Road will also be named in honor of Hamblin.
The Alumni Night game at 6 p.m. is Geneva v. Madison. The Class of 1966 will host a get-together to coincide with the ceremony. The game and the ceremony are open to the public and all are welcome.

Painesville Legion offers roast beef dinner
American Legion Post 336, will host a roast beef dinner 5 to 8 p.m., Aug. 29, at the post home, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. Dinners are $8 each. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Painesville VFW hosts remembrance ceremony Sept. 13
Painesville VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St., will host a 9/11 Remembrance, POW/MIA Recognition and Flag retirement program at 6 p.m., Sept. 13, at the post home. Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be available after the ceremony. For details, call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Operation Sub Zero golf outing
Operation Sub Zero will host a golf outing at Madison Golf and Country Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sept.19.
Tickets are $100 per golfer and include 18 holes, cart, goodie bag, lunch, steak dinner, keg beer, Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at noon.
Hole sponsors and donation of items for the auction would be gratefully accepted. Hole sponsors are $100. For details, contact Del Bethel at del@subzeromission.org.

Sixth annual post clambake
The sixth annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 Ladies Auxiliary clambake will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the post home, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake (behind the Save a  Lot store).
Chicken dinner is $21; steak dinner is $23 and an extra dozen clams will be $8.
All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18, at the post home. For information or further questions, call the post at 440-942-3980.

Patriot Day program in Burton
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of Burton-Middlefield will host a Patriot Day program in Burton Village Park at 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
The ceremony is open to the public. For details, call 440-834-8765.
Veterans Appreciation Day Event
Veterans Appreciation Day will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. This is a celebration for veterans, with food, prizes, benefit information and more.
For more information, contact the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Toys for Tots golf outing
The Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled its annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury Legion farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12. Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

Swiss steak dinner pre-sale only
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29421 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the post home.
Dinners are $10 each, with tickets sold in advance only. Tickets may be purchased through Sept. 4. Call Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903 for tickets and information.
To submit items for this column or the online listings, send to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or email LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

‘Chosin Few’ gather at Wickliffe home

Six friends met for a small get-together at the Wickliffe home of Joe Buerger on Saturday. “The Chosin Few” are all survivors of the Korean War and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.
Meeting often, the friends, comrades and in my estimation, heroes, have stayed in contact with one another since the battle brought them together in 1950.
The battle kept Marines of the 1st Division in place until an airfield could be constructed during one of the coldest winters in Korean history up to that time. This battle is one of the most famous of the Korean War.
I asked Buerger if all the stories of Tootsie Rolls saving men’s lives were true. He related his own story of getting a Tootsie roll that was frozen stiff.
“I had to break it up on the butt of my rifle,” Buerger said. The Tootsie roll broke into shards and Buerger ate all but a small piece, which he saved for later in the evening.
“It tasted so good, I hadn’t eaten for three days,” Buerger said.
The get-together gives the six men and their wives and friends a time to remember, catch up and keep up with each other.
The six men attending were Joe Prizzi, Joe Sulyok, Stan Kot, Ray Jorz, Art Dickard and Joe Buerger. Joe Sulyok, a Korean Veteran in attendance is the only one of the six who was not in the Chosin Battle.

The "Chosin Few" L to R are Joe Prizzi, Stan Kot, Ray Jorz, Art Dickard and seated Joe Buerger. 

Operation Sub Zero golf outing
Operation Sub Zero will host a golf outing at Madison Golf and Country Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sept.19.
Tickets are $100 per golfer and include 18 holes, cart, goodie bag, lunch, steak dinner, keg beer, Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at noon.
Hole sponsors and donation of items for the auction would be gratefully accepted. Hole sponsors are $100. For details, contact Del Bethel at del@subzeromission.org.

Sixth annual post clambake
The sixth annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 Ladies Auxiliary clambake will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the post home, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake (behind the Save a  Lot store).
Chicken dinner is $21; steak dinner is $23 and an extra dozen clams will be $8.
All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18, at the post home. For information or further questions, call the post at 440-942-3980.

Patriot Day program in Burton
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of Burton-Middlefield will host a Patriot Day program in Burton Village Park at 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
The ceremony is open to the public. For details, call 440-834-8765.

Veterans Appreciation Day Event
Veterans Appreciation Day will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. This is a celebration for veterans, with food, prizes, benefit information and more.
For more information, contact the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Fast Draw Championship
at Gunny’s Hall
The 2015 Northcoast National Gunslinger Championships will be Aug. 29 and 30 at the Marine Corps League, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor. Contests begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.
This is a sanctioned event of the Ohio Fast Draw Association-International and is hosted by Gunny’s Hall Marine Corps League and the Buckeye Rangers Fast Draw Club. No live ammunition is used. For details, call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380.

Buckeye Boys Golf Outing
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host the Third Annual Boys State Golf Outing beginning at noon Aug. 28 at Lost Nation Golf Course in Willoughby. Tickets are $50 per person and include golf, cart and a steak raffle.
Please sign up at the post home by Aug. 26 or sponsor a hole for $20 each. For more information or to sign up, call the post after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762.

Learn to ride at dealership
Western Reserve Harley Davidson, 8567 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor, is offering Operation Personal Freedom Ride Free through Sept. 13.
All current and former U.S. military personnel can learn to ride for free through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
Learn more about this program by stopping at the store or by logging onto H-D.com/militarylearntoride.

Toys for Tots golf outing
The Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled its annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury Legion farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12. Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

Auxiliary Swiss steak dinner pre-sale only
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29421 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the post home.
Dinners are $10 each, with tickets sold in advance only. Tickets may be purchased through Sept. 4. Call Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903 for tickets and information.

Homecoming scheduled for Legion district commander
American Legion 9th District will host a homecoming for Commander Kevin Carroll at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick.
The evening will be “Margaritaville Style” with barbecue, drinks and music. Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in advance. Call Commander Carroll at 440-567-1847 or Kim Carroll at 440-567-9751 for tickets.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or email LGaler@News-Herald.com.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Veterans Day at Lake County Fair celebrated on Aug. 19

The Lake County Fair begins Aug. 18; I’m looking forward to attending Veterans Day at the Fair on Aug. 19. Admission is free all day for veterans with identification. This is one time that the county Veterans ID card would come in handy.
My husband and I usually attend the veterans program at Belcher Pavilion and then make the rounds of the fair, taking in the sights and sounds and usually some of the fair food.
The veterans program is always interesting, and I usually hear another story about my husband’s time overseas.
The Lake County Veterans Services staff is on hand to answer questions for veterans about what benefits they may be eligible for or how to sign up for benefits they have earned.

Veterans Appreciation Day Event
Veterans Appreciation Day will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. This is a celebration for veterans, with food, prizes, benefit information and more.
For more information, contact the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Newbury post hosts BBQ chicken dinner
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host a barbecue chicken dinner in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Dinner is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
An adult egg hunt scramble will be held at 7 p.m., with great prizes available for a $10 entry fee. For more information, call 440-635-6390 or 440-269-3184.

Fast Draw Championship 
at Gunny’s Hall
The 2015 Northcoast National Gunslinger Championships will be Aug. 29 and 30 at the Marine Corps League, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor. Contests begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.
This is a sanctioned event of the Ohio Fast Draw Association-International and is hosted by Gunny’s Hall Marine Corps League and the Buckeye Rangers Fast Draw Club. No live ammunition is used. For details, call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380.

Buckeye Boys Golf Outing
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host the Third Annual Boys State Golf Outing beginning at noon Aug. 28 at Lost Nation Golf Course in Willoughby. Tickets are $50 per person and include golf, cart and a steak raffle.
Please sign up at the post home by Aug. 26 or sponsor a hole for $20 each. For more information or to sign up, call the post after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762.

Learn to ride at dealership
Western Reserve Harley Davidson, 8567 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor, is offering Operation Personal Freedom Ride Free through Sept. 13.
All current and former U.S. military personnel can learn to ride for free through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
Learn more about this program by stopping at the store or by logging onto H-D.com/militarylearntoride.

Toys for Tots golf outing
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled its annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury Legion farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12. Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

Auxiliary Swiss steak dinner pre-sale only
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29421 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the post home. Dinners are $10 each, with tickets sold in advance only. Tickets may be purchased through Sept. 4. Call Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903 for tickets and information.

Homecoming scheduled for Legion district commander
American Legion 9th District will host a homecoming for Commander Kevin Carroll at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick.
The evening will be “Margaritaville Style” with barbecue, drinks and music. Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in advance. Call Commander Carrolll at 440-567-1847 or Kim Carroll at 440-567-9751 for tickets.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or email LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fall events just around the corner

The summer has just flown by. It is August already and it has not felt like summer has even been here.
For many of the posts in the area, this means that it is time to begin thinking about fall and yes, even winter events.
The annual North Coast Gunslingers Championships will again be hosted at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive, Mentor. The quick draw championship is slated this year for Aug. 29 and 30. (See more details below.)
Veterans Appreciation Day will be Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336 in Painesville. This is a free event for veterans and an opportunity to learn about possible benefits those veterans may have already earned.
Posts will be scheduling food drives for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. These fill baskets for those who would otherwise not have a holiday.
More events will be scheduled and continued attendance at the events helps to guarantee the posts can help those in need in the post home areas. So grab a jacket and pick an event.
Veterans Appreciation Day Event
Veterans Appreciation Day will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. This is a celebration for veterans, with food, prizes, benefit information and more.
For more information contact the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Willoughby VFW hosts Fish fry dinners
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, hosts a fish fry dinner the first and third Fridays of the month every month.
Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m. and the all-you-can-eat beer batter fried pollock special is $10. As always, a full menu is offered and homemade desserts are also available. For details, call the post home at 440-951-9233.

Newbury post hosts BBQ chicken dinner
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in  Newbury Township, will host a barbecue chicken dinner in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Dinner is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
An adult egg hunt scramble will be held at 7 p.m., with great prizes available for a $10 entry fee. For more information, call 440-635-6390 or 440-269-3184.

Annual Fast Draw Championship at Gunny’s Hall
The 2015 Northcoast National Gunslinger Championships will be Aug. 29 and 30 at the Marine Corps League, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor. Contests begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.
This is a sanctioned event of the Ohio Fast Draw Association-International and is hosted by Gunny’s Hall Marine Corps League and the Buckeye Rangers Fast Draw club. No live ammunition is used. For details, call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380.

Post cancels events 
American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, has canceled the GI Get Together and annual community garage sale because of renovations at the post. The events will be rescheduled later in the fall.
For questions or more information, call the post home at 440-834-8621.

Buckeye Boys Golf Outing
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host the Third Annual Boys State Golf Outing beginning at noon Aug. 28 at Lost Nation Golf Course in Willoughby. Tickets are $50 per person and include golf, cart and a steak raffle.
Please sign up at the post home by Aug. 26 or sponsor a hole for $20 each. For more information or to sign up, call the post after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762.

Catholic Veterans poppy drive
The Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 will be at St. Mary Parish, 242 N. State St. in Painesville, on Aug. 15-16 after all Masses hosting a membership drive and poppy drive (donations are welcome).
Members also will be selling tickets for the reverse raffle that will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Chardon hosts Chinese auction
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a Chinese auction from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at the post home.
For details call 440-285-3699.

Support veterans 
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 to help support the cost of Veterans Appreciation Day. Breakfast will be $5 and proceeds will benefit the Veterans Appreciation Day event.

Learn to ride at dealership
Western Reserve Harley Davidson, 8567 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor, is offering Operation Personal Freedom Ride Free through Sept. 13.
All current and former  U.S. military personnel can learn to ride for free through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
Learn more about this program by stopping at the store or by logging onto H-D.com/militarylearntoride.

Toys for Tots golf outing
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled the annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury Legion farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12.Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or email LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Congress needs to catch up to local offices

Earlier this month, Congress approved the creation of a veterans identification card.
I was surprised when I heard this because Lake County Recorder Ann M. Radcliffe and Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich have been issuing these ID cards to veterans for the past two years.
For years, veterans who are not enrolled in Veterans Affairs programs have had to carry a paper copy of their DD-214 (discharge papers) to prove they were honorably discharged. Proof of discharge is needed to secure the many discounts that businesses offer in the area.
Congress is slow, but I never thought that they were that far behind — such a simple thing took this long?
The veterans of these two counties have been enjoying the benefits that the card brings, thanks to the two county recorders who are staying current in offering the service to honorably discharged veterans in both counties.
To obtain a veterans ID card, call the Geauga County Recorder’s Office at 440-285-2222 or the Lake County Recorder’s Office at 440-350-2510.

Post cancels events 
American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, has canceled the GI Get Together and annual community garage sale because of renovations at the post. The events will be rescheduled later in the fall. For questions or more information, call the post home at 440-834-8621.

Buckeye Boys Golf Outing
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host the Third Annual Boys State Golf Outing beginning at noon Aug. 28, at Lost Nation Golf Course. Tickets are $50 per person and include golf, cart and a steak raffle.
Please sign up at the post home by Aug. 26 or sponsor a hole for $20 per hole. For more information or to sign up, call the post after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762.

Catholic Veterans poppy drive
The Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 will be at St. Mary Parish, 242 N. State St. in Painesville, on Aug. 15-16 after all Masses hosting a membership drive and a poppy drive (donations are welcome).
Members also will be selling tickets for the reverse raffle that will be Oct. 24, at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Chardon hosts Chinese auction
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a Chinese auction from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at the post home.
For details, call 440-285-3699.

Support veterans 
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will again host Veterans Appreciation Day from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the post home.
This is a free event for all veterans and their spouses. There will be food, music and veteran-oriented vendors.
To keep this event free, the post will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9. The cost is $5.

Learn to ride at dealership
Western Reserve Harley Davidson, 8567 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor, is offering Operation Personal Freedom Ride Free through Sept. 13.
All current and former U.S. military personnel can learn to ride for free through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
Learn more about this program by stopping at the store or by logging onto H-D.com/militarylearntoride.

Toys for Tots golf outing
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled the annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury Legion farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12.Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For more information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Removing history won’t change it

The division over the Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America unfortunately is another blemish on America’s history. The American Civil War was the first, now the nation is dividing again over the battle flag.
Removing the flag will not remove the Civil War from America’s history or the hate that exists in some people’s hearts. This is a period that Americans should study and learn from, so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
The removal of a battle flag or the general deletion of all things Civil War will not make American history any different. It cannot be changed. The only thing that will change the racist attitudes in this country will be to teach our children that we are all one nation and respecting differences is a normal part of life. Americans need to be living under one flag, the Stars and Stripes.
Personally, I find several flags offensive, but the attempted deletion of history or the rewriting of it is an act used by several former world leaders — the ones that come to mind are Hitler, Stalin and Mao. Do you really want that sort of censorship to happen in America?

Catholic War Vets at Parish Festival
The Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 will be at St. Justin Martyr Parish Festival in Eastlake from July 24-26 having a membership and poppy drive. Donations are welcome.
Tickets for the reverse raffle also will be on sale. The raffle will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake. For information and tickets, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Madison Legion hosts reverse raffle
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host a reverse raffle with a $1,000 main board beginning at 4 p.m. July 25 at the post home.
Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, call the post at 440-428-7893.

Car wash and bake sale hosted by youth
The Youth Unit of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty Street in Painesville, will host a car wash and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at the post home.
Funds raised will be used in support of veterans, active duty military, their families and the community. The unit is open to young people ages 5 through 16 who desire to learn volunteerism, leadership, patriotism and team work. Call Jill Householder for information at 440-352-9522.

Men’s Auxiliary hosts steak fry
The Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a steak fry dinner with all the trimmings from 5 to 7 p.m. July 25 at the post home.
Dinners are $12 each. For details, call Jane at 440-354-9090.

GI get-together at Burton Post
Atwood-Mauck Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a GI get-together from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 8 at the post home. Coffee and doughnuts will be served to all veterans in attendance. For details, call 440-563-8715.

Chardon Ladies host annual Chinese Auction
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a Chinese auction from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at the post home.
For details, call 440-285-3699.

Breakfast helps support Veterans Appreciation Day
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will again host Veterans Appreciation Day from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the post home.
This is a free event for all veterans and their spouses. There will be food, music and veteran-oriented vendors.
To keep this event free, the post will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9. The cost is $5.

Learn to Ride at Mentor dealership
Western Reserve Harley Davidson, 8567 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor, is offering Operation Personal Freedom Ride Free through Sept. 13.
All current and former U.S. military personnel can learn to ride for free through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. Learn more about this program by stopping at the store or by logging onto H-D.com/militarylearntoride.

Toys for Tots golf outing Sept. 12
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled the annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury legion hosts farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12.
Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day. For information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

Madison Legion schedules golf outing
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host its annual golf outing beginning at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1.
Tickets are $65 per person and sign-up is required by July 26. Call the post at 440-428-7893 for reservations and information.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Appreciation Day a fun outing

The posts are all doing a fine job of making sure to provide activities for everyone. The weather has not been cooperative this year, yet the calendars are full of golf outings, bike runs, picnics and more.
One coming event that I always look forward to is the Veterans Appreciation Day that takes place in September at American Legion Post 336 in Painesville.
The joint effort between the post home and the Veterans Affairs Painesville Outpatient Clinic is a fun afternoon.
This afternoon event is a place to meet old friends and make some new ones. Information about veterans’ benefits and businesses that offer specials for veterans is available for the asking.
These are benefits that are earned and must be applied for. Take advantage of that, sign up and use what you have earned.

VFW at Party in the Park
Painesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595 will host a booth at Painesville Party in the Park from July 17-19.
Information about the VFW programs and Ladies Auxiliary programs will be available. Sign up for a free drawing for a flag set.
Membership for any active duty eligible service person will be free. This year, the second year’s membership will be free for any eligible veterans or Ladies Auxiliary member joining at the Party in the Park. For details, call Jill or George Householder at 440-352-9522.

Painesville Legion serves lasagna
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will serve a lasagna dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the post home. Dinners are $8 and include salad, roll and dessert. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Fifth annual Red Eye Run
American Legion Riders Chapter 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host its fifth annual poker run, titled the “336 Red Eye Run.”
The event, slated for July 18, begins and ends at the post, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. and the last bike in by 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for riders and $10 for passengers. Buyers of the first 100 tickets receive a free run patch.
The run will be rain or shine and motorcycles are not required. For details, call Steve Anderson at 440-209-8724 or Mike Bodnar at 440-346-2141.

Euclid Vets Classic Car Cruise
Euclid Vets Association will host its Third Annual Classic Car Cruise In and Motorcycle Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19. The event will be at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 E. 260th St. in Euclid.
Music of the ’50s and ’60s will be playing and the event will be held rain or shine. There is no admission to the show, but donations to the Gary Sinese Foundation for Wounded Vets will be gratefully accepted. Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to owners of the first 100 cars.

Catholic War Vets welcome new members
The Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 will be at St. Justin Martyr Parish Festival, 35781 Stevens Blvd. in Eastlake, on July 24-26 having a membership and poppy drive. Donations are welcome.
Tickets for the reverse raffle also will be on sale. The raffle will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake. For information and tickets, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Madison post hosts reverse raffle
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host a reverse raffle with a $1,000 main board beginning at 4 p.m. July 25 at the post home. Tickets are $40 per person.
For more information, call the post at 440-428-7893.

Painesville Youth host car wash and bake sale
The Youth Unit of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a car wash and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at the post home.
Funds raised will be used in support of veterans, active duty military, their families and the community.
The unit is open to young people ages 5 through 16 who desire to learn volunteerism, leadership, patriotism and teamwork. Call Jill Householder for more information at 440-352-9522.

Veterans Appreciation Day in September
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will again host the Veterans Appreciation Day from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the post home.
This is a free event for all veterans and their spouses. There will be food, music and veteran-oriented vendors.
To keep this event free, the post will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9. The cost is $5.

Golf Outing rescheduled
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled the annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The golf outing will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison. Tickets are $80 for the players and $20 for the dinner only.
Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury post hosts Farmers Market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 12.
Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day. For information, email bob810@windstream.net, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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