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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, Ohio rolls out lunch for veterans

Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, Ohio volunteers served veterans a picnic lunch Sept. 6, at the Veterans of America Resource Center on 152nd Street, Cleveland.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and beverages were on the menu for the residents of the center.
The transitional living center provides meals, shelter, substance abuse counseling, mental health treatment, financial literacy and career counseling for homeless veterans.


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Eastlake Dog Park and Memorial get face lift

Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, Ohio volunteered the time and effort to clean up and refurbish the Eastlake Dog Park. The park was the scene of a flag raising and dedication ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 7.
The group cleaned up the Memorial, spread new mulch, erected a new flag pole and light and also planted some new bushes.


Care packages help make deployment a bit more bearable

The fact that this country has deployed personnel all over the world brings to mind the USO and the care packages that were so popular only a short time ago.
The deployed service personnel need to know that the American people support their efforts and that they have not been forgotten. Small snack packs and treats, DVDs, pocket games and personal care items are all a welcome respite from the challenges of being deployed.
The Craft and Antique Co-Op at 1871 North Ridge Road in Painesville has continually collected treats and personal items for our country’s deployed armed forces personnel. The co-op actively participates in fundraisers for the USO and for Fisher House, a home away from home for families of service personnel being treated at the Cleveland Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland.
Please remember we still have soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving around the world and small comforts of home make deployment a bit more bearable.

Fairport fish fry meals 
are back
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will begin serving fish fry lunch and dinners Sept. 12 at the post home.
Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. For details, call the post at 440-352-1123.

Scholarship fund raiser 
at Fairport VFW
A fundraiser for the Shannon McBride Scholarship endowment at Lakeland Community College (Jim McBride basic police academy scholarship; Fairport Harbor Police Association and CPD Pipes and Drums Band Uniform Fund) will be 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairport Harbor VFW, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The event will include country and western bands and the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums. Tickets are $20 per person. See Jim McBride or Fairport Harbor Police Chief Mark Kish for tickets or email chiefjtm@aol.com

9/11 Remembrance day
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a 9/11 Remembrance, POW/MIA Recognition and Flag Retirement Program at the post home at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. The public is welcome. For details, call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Free veterans dinner
A veterans hospitality dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland. This is a family event to bring area veterans together in appreciation of their service.
The dinner and dessert are free, and family and friends are welcome. There will be activities for children.
Please re-register to assure adequate food at ghostriderfoundation@gmail.com

Civil Air Patrol serves 
spaghetti dinner
Painesville Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 252 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 20 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. The public is welcome.
Proceeds will benefit civil Air Patrol programs. For details, call Ken Voyticky at 440-655-6600.

Marine recruiters appear 
at Lake County Speedway
United States Marine Corps recruiters will be at the Lake County Speedway when the track hosts National POW/MIA Recognition night at the races Sept. 20 at the track, located at 500 Fairport Nursery Road in Painesville. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 6.

Veterans Appreciation Day 
A Veterans Appreciation Day is planned for Sept. 26 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. The event, to be hosted by the Painesville VA Clinic, will include prizes, food, guests, a color guard, benefit information and flu shots. All veterans are welcome.
For details, call the Painesville VA Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Annual Rock-A-Thon 
in Perry
The 18th Annual Rock-A-Thon to benefit the Hospice of the Western Reserve Peaceful and Proud Program will be Sept. 27, in front of the Perry AMVETS Post 11971, 4129 Main St. in Perry.
The post is looking for sponsors and rockers for the event. For details, call 440-259-4242.

Clambake season
Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League will host a clambake at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor on Sept. 13; reservations are needed by Sept. 6.
The bake will begin at 3 p.m. and offer side boards and a 50/50 raffle. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Dinners are $28 per bake and extra clams will be $7.
For reservations, call 440-974-9380.
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host its annual clambake beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 20. Tickets are $23 for a bake with chicken; $25 for a bake with steak ;and extra clams will be $7 per dozen. Music will be by Dan Elish from 7 to 11 p.m.
The last day to buy tickets will be Sept. 15. All proceeds benefit the building fund. For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893.
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host its annual clambake 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the post home.
Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18. Tickets are $24 bake with steak; $22 bake with chicken; and extra clams will be $8 per dozen. The event will feature side boards, 50/50 raffle and cornhole. Call the post at 440-942-7762 after 3 p.m. for details.
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a clambake at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the post.
Dinner will be $21 and extra clams will be $6 per dozen. Dinners must be paid for in advance and orders are needed by Sept. 27. For details, call 440-867-8145.
The Ladies Auxiliary Unit of VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in  Eastlake, will host a clambake from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the post home.
Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 29 and may be obtained at the post. Ticket prices are $20 bake with chicken; $23 bake with steak; and extra clams will be $8 per dozen. For information or questions, call the post at 440-943-3980 or Jera at 440-477-8301.

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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Monday, September 8, 2014

Evening will benefit Fisher House

I am looking forward to attending the benefit for Cleveland’s Fisher House Saturday evening.
The Fisher House is most easily explained as a home away from home for families of veterans who are undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Wade Park. The housing is free for veterans’ families and it allows the veterans to have a support unit close by while undergoing treatment. Groundbreaking for the Cleveland Fisher House is expected in 2015.
The Lake County Veterans Service Office and the Men’s and Women’s Auxiliaries of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, in Fairport Harbor, will host the fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. A reverse raffle and dinner will be Sept. 6 at the VFW post, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, open bar and a ticket on the main board. Donations for the auction would be greatly appreciated.
For details, call Gini Geffert at 440-289-5699 or the VFW post at 440-352-1123. For more information about Fisher House, visit www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org.

Eastlake War Dog park dedication
Rolling Thunder will raise the POW/MIA Flag at the War Dog Memorial on Lake Shore Boulevard, just east of Route 91 in Eastlake.
 The group spent time cleaning and refurbishing the memorial area with donations of mulch from the city of Eastlake; a flagpole from EZ Pole of Eastlake; three bayberry bushes donated by Pettiti’s Nursery of Madison; and plaques and flags donated by Rolling Thunder Chapter 1.
The memorial will be dedicated following the 9/11 ceremony at Boulevard of 500 Flags at 11 a.m. Sept. 7. The public is welcome to attend.

Ladies Auxiliary serves monthly dinner
VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison, will host the monthly ladies auxiliary dinner on the first Saturday evening of each month at the post home.
The ladies will serve dinner 4 to 7 p.m. each first Saturday and proceeds benefit VFW Auxiliary charities. For details, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Willoughby VFW Post hosts fish fry dinners
VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, hosts a fish fry every first and third Friday of the month 5 to 8 p.m.
A full menu is offered. For details, call 440-951-9233 or stop in at the post for a meal.

Patriot Day program in Burton
A Patriot Day Program will be hosted by American Legion Post 459 at the Burton Village gazebo in Burton at 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
The public is welcome to attend and observe this solemn holiday. For details, call 440-834-8764.

Clambake at Gunny’s Hall
A Clambake will be served on Sept. 13 at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in  Mentor, with reservations needed by Sept. 6.
The bake will begin at 3 p.m. and offer side boards and a 50/50 raffle. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m.
Dinners are $28 per bake and extra clams will be $7. For reservations, call 440-974-9380.

Fundraiser to benefit scholarships
A fundraiser for the Shannon McBride Scholarship endowment at Lakeland Community College will be 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairport VFW, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The event will include country and western bands, and the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums.
Tickets are $20 per person. See Jim McBride or Fairport Harbor Police Chief Mark Kish for tickets or email chiefjtm@aol.com

9/11 remembrance at Painesville Post
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a 9/11 remembrance, POW/MIA recognition and flag retirement program at the post home at 6 p.m. Sept. 14.
The public is welcome. For details call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Sub Zero golf outing scheduled
The Third Annual Sub Zero Mission Charity Golf Outing will be Sept. 20 at Madison Country Club, 6131 Chapel Road in Madison.
To reserve your team, contact Sub Zero Mission at 440-286-1387 or 440-622-4157 or email del@subzeromission.org. Sponsors and players are needed. Tickets are $100.

Civil Air Patrol serve up spaghetti
Painesville Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 252 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville.
The public is welcome. Proceeds benefit Civil Air Patrol programs. For details, call Ken Voyticky at 440-655-6600.

Marine Corps recruiters at Painesville Speedway
United States Marine Corps recruiters will be at the Lake County Speedway when the track hosts National POW/MIA Recognition night at the races Sept. 20 at the track located at 500 Fairport Nursery Road in  Painesville.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing will begin at 6 p.m.

Veterans Appreciation Day at Painesville post
A Veterans Appreciation Day is planned for Sept. 26 at American Legion Post 336 on Chester Street in Painesville.
The event, to be hosted by the Painesville VA Clinic, will include prizes, food, guests, a color guard, benefit information and flu shots. All veterans are welcome.
For details call the Painesville VA Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Rock-a-Thon returns to Perry AMVETS
The 18th Annual Rock-A-Thon to benefit the Hospice of the Western Reserve Peaceful and Proud Program will be Sept. 27 in front of the Perry AMVETS Post 11971, 4129 Main St. in Perry. The post is looking for sponsors and rockers for the event. For details, call 440-259-4242.

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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rolling Thunder had busy week

Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 of Ohio members gathered at the Eastlake Dog Park and War Dog Memorial on the morning of Aug. 16.
The nine members cleaned up the memorial area and planted bushes and flowers. They will next be scheduling a flag raising ceremony at the memorial.
This group is active in veteran affairs and is always doing something to help the veterans and promote the idea that we can never forget the POW/MIAs that never returned home.
Chapter President Winston Bailey and the Rev. Jim Cozzarin were in Columbus Aug. 13, for the official unveiling of the new POW/MIA Ohio License plates. Now any Ohio auto or motorcycle owner can express the sentiment of Rolling Thunder with a vehicle plate featuring the POW/MIA flag likeness.
Perhaps the greatest legacy Rolling Thunder can leave is the peaceful demonstration that occurs each year on Memorial Day weekend when an estimated one million motorcycles descend on our nation’s capital to remind this country’s lawmakers and the nation that there are still empty places at dinner tables all over this country that belong to men who did not return.

Fisher House fundraiser
at Fairport VFW Post
Lake County Veterans Service Office and VFW 7754, Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries in Fairport have teamed up to raise funds for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. A reverse raffle and dinner will be Sept. 6 at the VFW post, 540 New St.
Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, open bar and a ticket on the main board. Any donations for the auction would be greatly appreciated.
The Fisher House is hoping to break ground in spring 2015. For details on the event, to make donations or to get tickets, call Gini Geffert at 440-289-5699 or the VFW post at 440-352-1123.
For more information about Fisher House, visit www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org.

Burton Legion to host 
Patriot Day program
American Legion Post 459, of Burton, will host a Patriot Day Program at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Burton Village Gazebo, in Burton. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Fish fry meals return 
to Fairport VFW
VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will begin serving fish fry lunch and dinners Sept. 12  at the post home. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. For details, call the post at 440-352-1123.

Gunny’s Hall hosts clambake
A clambake will be served Sept. 13 at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor. Reservations are needed by Sept. 6. The bake will begin at 3 p.m. and offer side boards and a 50/50 raffle. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Dinners are $28 per bake, and extra clams will be $7. For reservations, call 440-974-9380.

Shannon McBride Scholarship
fundraiser on Sept. 13
A fundraiser for the Shannon McBride Scholarship endowment at Lakeland Community College (Jim McBride Basic Police Academy scholarship; Fairport Harbor Police Association and CPD Pipes and Drums Band Uniform Fund) will be 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairport VFW, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The event will include country and Western bands, and the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums. Tickets are $20 per person. See Jim McBride or FHPD Chief Mark Kish for tickets or email chiefjtm@aol.com.

POW/MIA, Remembrance and Flag retirement in Painesville
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St., Painesville, will host a 9/11 Remembrance, POW/MIA Recognition and Flag Retirement Program at the post home, at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. The public is welcome. For details, call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Civil Air Patrol serving spaghetti dinner at Painesville Post
Painesville Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 252 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 20, at the American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. The public is welcome, and proceeds will benefit Civil Air Patrol programs.
For details, call Ken Voyticky at 440-655-6600.

Veterans’ Appreciation Day
set for Sept. 26 
A Veterans Appreciation Day is planned Sept. 26 at American Legion Post 336, Chester St. in Painesville. The event will be hosted by the Painesville VA Clinic and will include prizes, food, guests, a color guard, benefit information and flu shots. All veterans are welcome. For details, call the Painesville VA Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Rock-A-Thon an annual 
fundraiser at AMVETS
The 18th annual Rock-A-thon to benefit the Hospice of the Western Reserve Peaceful and Proud Program, will be Sept. 27, in front of the Perry AMVETS Post 11971, 4129 Main St. The post is looking for sponsors and rockers for the event. For details, call 440-259-4242.

Legion Hall for rent
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, has a hall for rent. The hall has a capacity for 200 people and is ideal for wedding receptions, parties etc. Photos are available at post678@sbcglobal.net or for information call the post home at 440-943-9659.

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, August 13, 2014

Eastlake memorial gets cleanup detail

The War Dog Memorial at 35576 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake will be getting a makeover on Aug. 16.
The memorial honors the four-legged heroes of this country’s conflicts.
At 9 a.m., members of Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 will begin cleaning up the memorial. The group will be clearing out weeds, removing overgrown plants and replacing them with new plants and mulch.
A new donated flagpole will replace the existing pole and new emblems for Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan will be installed.
Rolling Thunder plans to host a flag-raising ceremony once the work is completed.

90 years old, still flying high
Russell M. Schupp of Grand River Village is one of the “Greatest Generation.”
He was classified a 4-F — unfit for military service — after attempting to join the armed forces during World War II. Since he was not able to join, he became a civilian volunteer with the American Field Service. He drove an ambulance in Italy.
Nothing keeps him down. After the war, he raised a family, traveled and has loved adventure. He has tried parasailing, hot air ballooning and camel riding in Egypt.
Since he had tried just about everything, his daughter, Rachel Parsons, asked if there was anything left on his “bucket list.” The answer was to ride in a helicopter.
On Aug. 7, in honor of his 90th birthday, Schupp boarded a helicopter and toured the fair skies of Cleveland. As I said before, nothing keeps him down.

Fundraiser helps build Fisher House
The Lake County Veterans Service Office and the Men’s and Ladies’ Auxiliaries of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754 in Fairport Harbor have teamed up to raise funds for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.
A reverse raffle and dinner will be Sept. 6 at the VFW post, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, open bar, and a ticket on the main board. Any donations for the auction would be greatly appreciated.
The Fisher House is hoping to break ground in spring 2015. For details on the event, to make donations or to get tickets, call Gini Geffert at 440-289-5699 or the VFW post at 440-352-1123.
For more information about Fisher House, visit www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org.

Willoughby Legion hosts golf outing
The annual American Legion Post 214 golf outing will be at noon Aug. 22 at Lost Nation Golf Course, 38890 Hodgson Road in Willoughby.
Tickets are $45 per person and include 18 holes of golf, a steak dinner and prizes at the post following the outing.
Put together a foursome, they do not need to be a Post 214 members. All profits will benefit Buckeye Boys State and Americanism and Government Testing. For details, call the post at 440-942-7762.

Willoughby VFW serves fish fry dinners
VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, hosts a fish fry every first and third Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. A full menu is offered. For details, call 440-951-9233 or stop in at the post for a meal.

Fairport fish fry returns Sept. 12
VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will begin serving fish fry lunches and dinners Sept. 12 at the post home. Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. For details, call the post at 440-352-1123.

Gunny’s Hall hosts clambake
A clambake will be served at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor, on Sept. 13. Reservations are needed by Sept. 6.
The bake will begin at 3 p.m. and offer side boards and a 50/50 raffle.
Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Dinners are $28 per bake and extra clams will be $7. For reservations, call 440-974-9380.

Shannon McBride Scholarship fundraiser Sept. 13
A fundraiser for the Shannon McBride Scholarship endowment at Lakeland Community College (Jim McBride basic police academy scholarship; Fairport Harbor Police Association and CPD Pipes and Drums Band Uniform Fund) will be 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairport VFW, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The event will include country and western bands, and the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums. Tickets are $20 per person. See Jim McBride or Fairport Harbor Police Chief Mark Kish for tickets or email chiefjtm@aol.com

Remembrance ceremony Sept. 14 at Painesville VFW
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a 9/11 Remembrance, POW/MIA Recognition and Flag Retirement Program at the post home, at 6 p.m. Sept. 14.
The public is welcome. For details call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Civil Air Patrol serves up spaghetti
Painesville Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 252 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville.
The public is welcome. Proceeds will benefit Civil Air Patrol programs.
For details, call Ken Voyticky at 440-655-6600.

Day for Appreciating Veterans 
A Veterans Appreciation Day is planned for Sept. 26 at American Legion Post 336, Chester St. in Painesville.
The event will be hosted by the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic and will include prizes, food, guests, a Color Guard, benefit information and flu shots.
All veterans are welcome. For details, call the Painesville VA Clinic at 440-357-6740.

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, August 6, 2014

Special birthday surprise for special veteran

Operation S.T.A.T. members and friends will be climbing on their motorcycles and into their cars on the morning of Aug. 10 to ride about three and a half hours north to Chesterfield, Michigan.
The purpose of the ride is to wish a happy birthday to a World War II veteran who resides in that town.
Carroll “Super G” Dick was instrumental in the development of the fuse that detonated the atom bomb. He will celebrate his 105th birthday, and had ask that people just send cards. Operation Standing Tall for American Troops decided to visit and deliver their personal greetings.
Dick worked on the Manhattan Project with 2,000 others at the Los Alamos, New Mexico, facility during World War II.
The birthday ride from Ohio to Michigan came about through a mutual friend of Operation S.T.A.T. founder Adam “Rain Man” Cook.
Anyone who would like to wish a happy birthday to the World War II veteran is welcome to meet the group at McDonald’s at 7575 Auburn Road in Concord Township at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 10. People who want to travel to Michigan will be asked to car pool for the trip. The group will leave at 9 a.m. for Michigan with an expected arrival time of 1:30 p.m.
For details about the ride and the surprise for one of the “Greatest Generation,” call Adam “Rain Man” Cook at 440-413-6225.

Fisher House fundraiser Sept. 6
The Lake County Veterans Service Office and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries, in Fairport Harbor, have teamed up to raise funds for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.
A reverse raffle and dinner will be Sept. 6 at the VFW post, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, open bar, and a ticket on the main board. Any donations for the auction would be greatly appreciated.
The Fisher House is hoping to break ground in spring 2015. For details on the event, to make donations or to get tickets, call Gini Geffert at 440-289-5699 or the VFW post at 440-352-1123.
For more information about Fisher House, visit www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org.

GI get-together
GI get-together with coffee and doughnuts will be 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 at American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton.
For details, call Frank at 440-834-8038.

AMVETS host open house
AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will host a summer open house and cookout from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the post home. Buck a bone ribs and burgers and 50 cent hot dogs will be served. A disc jockey and live music will be a part of the fun. Bring a DD214 and learn how to join or about the other ways to be a part of the AMVETS even if you are not a veteran. Representatives will be available to answer any questions. For more information, call 440-257-9217.

Chardon Auxiliary hosts Chinese auction
The Ladies Auxiliary of Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a Chinese auction from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the post home. All are welcome. For details, call the post home at 440-285-3699.

AMVETS steak dinner
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, will host a steak dinner 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the post home. Dinner is $12 and is open to the public. For details, call 440-527-1911.

Veterans Day at the fair
The Lake County Fair will again set aside a day to honor our veterans.
At the 2014, that day is Aug. 13. Veterans will be admitted free all day with ID.
The Lake County Veterans Service Office will present a veterans program at 6 p.m. the same day at the Belcher Pavilion near the Commercial Building.

Newbury Legion 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 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15.
Dinners are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Barbecue chicken dinners are half price for those ages 12 and younger, or they receive a free hot dog dinner. An adult egg hunt scramble will begin at 7 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. Call 440-635-6390 or 440-269-3184 for information about the event.

Post 112 annual golf outing
American Legion Post 112 of Madison will host an annual golf outing at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 16 at Powderhorn Golf Course, 3991 Bates Road in Madison.
Tickets are $50 per person and include golf, steak dinner and door prizes. Sign up at 10:45 a.m. the day of the event, with an 11:30 a.m. tee time. Sign up a foursome at the canteen by Aug. 11.
Call Frank Magda at 440-796-3562 with questions.

D-Day re-enactment in Conneaut
D-Day Conneaut will return August 22 and 23 to the Conneaut Township Park to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
The event is free and open to the public.
Spectators will be overlooking the water’s edge from a position similar to that of Omaha Beach. Landing craft will storm the shore as aircraft such as P-51 Mustangs and a B-25 bomber make low passes over the landing site and a Sherman tank provides cover fire.
Free parking and shuttles will be available. For details visit www.ddayohio.us.

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.