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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, March 26, 2015

Best meals in town? Try your local post

There will come a day when people realize what a great deal meals at the local posts can be.
I have had many of them and have never been disappointed. The fact that the food is priced right and most of it is homemade only adds to the dining pleasure.
The Lenten fish dinners are some of the best during the year. Each post does the meal just a little bit different, so a dinner at one post may not be exactly the same at a second post. If you have not already stopped by a local post and gotten a fish dinner, you only have one more Friday before Easter.
The posts serve a variety of dinners all year and the menu is as different as each post. I have seen everything from a frog legs dinner to an old fashioned hamburger meal in the same week at different posts. Finding something to suit everyone should not be a problem.
I think the best part of these meals is the fact that proceeds benefit post home projects, veterans in need or community projects that the post would be helping with.
So stop and get a dinner, keep Mom out of the kitchen and enjoy a meal that helps the community and its veterans.

Abbey Rodeo appears
at Willoughby Post
The sixth annual fundraiser for VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will be 6 p.m. March 28 at the post home. Abbey Rodeo will perform at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. There will be a special offered for those who join the post. To purchase tickets, call 440-669-3495 or the post at 440-951-9233.

Pancake and sausage breakfast in Burton
Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12 at the post home. Adult breakfast is $9 and the child’s portion for those ages 12 and younger will be $5. For more information, call 440-635-0223.

Painesville post serves up 
chicken dinners
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a chicken dinner beginning at 5 p.m. March 28 at the post home. Dinners are $5 per person. For details call 440-354-9090.

Fundraiser for 6-year-old
American Legion Family of Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. April 18 at the post home.
Proceeds will benefit 6-year-old Kallie Kramp, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Kallie is an auxiliary junior member, daughter of an auxiliary member and granddaughter of Fred Brown, a member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Dinner tickets are $10. A gas grill will be raffled, with tickets priced at $5. There also will be sideboards, a 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction, door prizes and a bake sale. DJ Trenda will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m.
Donations for the auction are being gratefully accepted.
Call 440-942-7762 for more information.

Wickliffe post host polka party
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a polka dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 18.
Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, wine and ethnic foods. Patty C and the Guys will entertain. For more information or tickets, call the post home at 440-585-4191.

Catholic War Veterans
host membership poppy drive
The Catholic War Veterans of Lake, John Paul II Post 1959, will host a membership poppy drive at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Wickliffe on April 18 and 19 at all Masses.
The members also will be selling tickets for the Super Raffle that will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake during the Annual Reverse Raffle. Grand prize will be $5,000. Tickets can be purchased from any CWV member.
For more information, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Fundraiser helps Boulevard of Flags
Boulevard of Flags will host its annual fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 24 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner with open bar, Chinese auction, door prizes, sideboards and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Boulevard of Flags at 35150 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake.
To purchase tickets, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344 or Lois Sbrocco at 440-946-3439.

PLAVA hosts golf outing
The Polish Legion of American Veterans and Auxiliary Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 of Cleveland will host an Armed Forces Day Golf Outing to Benefit Greater Cleveland Fisher House, beginning at 7 a.m. May 16.
Tickets are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees and cart, and full buffet dinner at PLAVA Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland, immediately following.
Prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, a raffle and door prizes will be part of the fun.
Call 216-337-8997 or 216-337-8996 for tickets or information.

West G military alumni wanted
West Geauga High School wants all alumni who have served in the United States military to contact the school. The alumni association is compiling a list of those who served to be included on a memorial plaque that will be permanently displayed in the high school.
To be included, please submit information to kim.rataiczak@westg.org or call 440-729-5930.

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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

West G military alumni wanted

West Geauga High School is looking for alumni who served in the United States military. The school will be installing a plaque for permanent display, listing the names of those men and women.
Veterans who wish to be included are asked to provide the year of graduation from West Geauga High School, the branch of service they served in and their rank.
“We have about 200 names at this time,” said Kim Rataiczak of the Alumni Office. “We hope to have a small ceremony in May when the plaque is completed.”
The list will be updated from time to time to include those who will be serving in the future.
For a name to be included on the plaque, call Kim Rataiczak at the West Geauga Alumni office at 440-729-5930 or email her at  kim.rataiczak@westg.org.

Rolling Thunder at Piston Power Show
Rolling Thunder Chapters 1, 2 and 8 will again be working for donations to fund Greater Cleveland Fisher House at the Piston Power Show, taking place March 19 through 21 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
At 3 p.m. March 21, there will be the march to the main stage. The Brook Park Marines will lead, with the Cleveland Young Marines following.

Military show at Lakeland
The Lakeland Militaria Collectors Show will be March 20 and 21 at the Lakeland Community College main gym, at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland. This is a buy, sell or swap event, and no firearms or ammunition will be permitted at the show.
Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. For details, call Dean Becker at the Lakeland Campus Police Department at 440-525-7241.

Pancake breakfast hosted by fraternity
Kappa Sigma fraternity at Lake Erie College in Painesville will volunteer its time to host a pancake breakfast as part of the organization’s Military Heroes Day of Service event.
The members will serve the breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 at First Church of Christ, 422 Mentor Ave. in Painesville.
Tickets for the adult breakfast, in advance, will be $7 and for seniors or LEC students. Tickets at the door will be $8 for everyone. Tickets will be sold on campus March 16 through 20 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Holden Center.

Abbey Rodeo appears at 
Willoughby Post
The sixth annual fundraiser for VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will be 6 p.m. March 28 at the post home. Abbey Rodeo will perform at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for members and $ 12 for nonmembers. There will be a special offered for those who join the post. To purchase tickets, call 440-669-3495 or the post at 440-951-9233.

Pancake and sausage breakfast in Burton
The Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12 at the post home. Adult breakfast is $9 and the child’s portion for those ages 12 and younger will be $5. For more information, call 440-635-0223.

Fundraiser for 6-year-old
American Legion Family of Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. April 18 at the post home.
Proceeds will benefit 6-year-old Kallie Kramp, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Dinner tickets are $10. A gas grill will be raffled, with tickets priced at $5. There also will be sideboards, a 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction, door prizes and a bake sale. DJ Trenda will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m.
Call 440-942-7762 for more information.

Wickliffe post host polka party
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a polka dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 18.
Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, wine and ethnic foods. Patty C and the Guys will entertain. For more information or tickets, call the post home at 440-585-4191.

Catholic War Veterans host membership poppy drive
The Catholic War Veterans of Lake, John Paul II Post 1959, will host a membership poppy drive at Mount Carmel Parish in Wickliffe on April 18 and 19 at all Masses.
The members also will be selling tickets for the Super Raffle that will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake during the Annual Reverse Raffle. Grand prize will be $5,000. Tickets can be purchased from any CWV member.
For more information, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Fundraiser helps Boulevard of Flags
Boulevard of Flags will host its annual fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 24 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner with open bar, Chinese auction, door prizes, sideboards and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Boulevard of Flags at 35150 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake. To purchase tickets, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344 or Lois Sbrocco at 440-946-3439.

PLAVA hosts golf outing
The Polish Legion of American Veterans and Auxiliary Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 of Cleveland will host an Armed Forces Day Golf Outing to Benefit Greater Cleveland Fisher House, beginning at 7 a.m. May 16.
Tickets are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees and cart, and full buffet dinner at PLAVA Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland, immediately following.
Prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, a raffle and door prizes all will be part of the fun. Call 216-337-8997 or 216-337-8996 for tickets or 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, March 11, 2015

WWII veteran honored on his 100th Birthday

Robert (Bob) Lukes of Chester Township recently was honored with a presentation of a United States flag by Geauga County Veterans Service officials and a proclamation from Geauga County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell.
Lukes was honored in celebration of his 100th birthday. The World War II veteran served from 1941 to 1946 as a first lieutenant with the 487th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Lukes was in charge of ordnance loading on aircraft that were part of the massive bombings of Nazi manufacturing, transportation and military targets in Germany.
Stationed in Suffolk, England, from April 1944 to August 1945, he was on the base when Nazi “buzz” bombs rained down. The bombs hit the base’s outer perimeter, barely missing a direct hit.
Following the ceremony, Lukes was joined for lunch by family members and the residents of Amelia Grace Assisted Living, followed with a birthday cake for dessert.
Lukes worked as a quality control engineer for American Stamping in Euclid for 42 years before retiring. He was married for 62 years to his wife, Evelyn, who passed away in 2002. The couple raised two children.
The Chester Township resident credits his longevity to never smoking or drinking alcohol.
Bob Lukes enjoying the Birthday celebration with his son Ken and daughter-in-law Judi Lukes.


Corned beef just around the corner

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a corned beef hash breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. March 15 at the post home.
For details, call the post at 440-354-9090.

VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from noon to 8 p.m. March 15 with corned beef dinners, sandwiches and Reubens; and on March 17 with corned beef sandwiches and Reubens. For details, call the post home at 440-942-3980.

Col. Justice M. Chambers Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will serve corned beef sandwiches or dinners March 17 at Gunny’s Hall. For information, call 440-974-9380.

American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will offer Reuben or corned beef sandwiches with fries and cole slaw from  5 to 11 p.m. March 14. The sandwiches will be $10. The evening also will include side boards, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

VFW Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will serve corned beef sandwiches, potato salad and chips from noon to 4:30 p.m. for $9, followed by corned beef dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for $11, on March 17. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Rolling Thunder at Piston Power Show
Rolling Thunder Chapters 1, 2 and 8 will again be working for donations to fund Greater Cleveland Fisher House at the Piston Power Show, taking place March 19 through 21 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
At 3 p.m. March 21, there will be the march to the main stage. The Brook Park Marines will lead, with the Cleveland Young Marines following.

Military show at Lakeland
The Lakeland Militaria Collectors Show will be March 20 and 21 at the Lakeland Community College main gym, at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland. This is a buy, sell or swap event, and no firearms or ammunition will be permitted at the show.
Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. For details, call Dean Becker at the Lakeland Campus Police Department at 440-525-7241.

Pancake breakfast hosted by fraternity
Kappa Sigma fraternity at Lake Erie College in Painesville will volunteer its time to host a pancake breakfast as part of the organization’s Military Heroes Day of Service event.
The members will serve the breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 422 Mentor Ave. in Painesville.
Tickets for the adult breakfast will be $7 and for seniors or LEC students $5 in advance. Tickets at the door will be $8 for everyone. Tickets will be sold on campus March 16 through 20 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Holden Center.

Abbey Rodeo appears at Willoughby Post
The sixth annual fundraiser for VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will be 6 p.m., March 28 at the post home. Abbey Rodeo will perform at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for members and $ 12 for nonmembers. There will be a special offered for those who join the post. To purchase tickets, call 440-669-3495 or the post at 440-951-9233.

Fundraiser for 6-year-old
America Legion Family of Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. April 18 at the post home.
Proceeds will benefit 6-year-old Kallie Kramp, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Dinner tickets are $10. A gas grill will be raffled, with tickets priced at $5. There also will be sideboards, a 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction, door prizes and a bake sale. DJ Trenda will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m.
Call 440-942-7762 for more information.

Wickliffe post host polka party
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a polka dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 18.
Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, wine and ethnic foods. Patty C and the Guys will entertain. For more information or tickets, call the post home at 440-585-4191.

Fundraiser helps Boulevard of Flags
Boulevard of Flags will host its annual fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 24 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner with open bar, Chinese auction, door prizes, sideboards and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Boulevard of Flags at 35150 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake.
To purchase tickets, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344 or Lois Sbrocco at 440-946-3439.

PLAVA hosts golf outing
The Polish Legion of American Veterans and Auxiliary Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 of Cleveland will host an Armed Forces Day Golf Outing to Benefit Greater Cleveland Fisher House, beginning at 7 a.m. May 16.
Tickets are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees and cart, and full buffet dinner at PLAVA Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland, immediately following.
Prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, a raffle and door prizes will all be part of the fun. Call 216-337-8997 or 216-337-8996 for tickets or 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, March 4, 2015

French Legion of Honor Award goes to long-time Lake County resident

Joe DiFranco was presented the French Legion of Honor Award at American Legion Post 214 in Willoughby on Feb. 22.
The 92-year-old received the honor in front of about 80 onlookers. DiFranco was awarded the medal by honorary French Consulate Stephen J. Knerly.
A longtime Lake County resident, DiFranco was a member of the Army’s 862nd Engineer Aviation Battalion during World War II. Serving in France, Belgium and Germany, he earned a Purple Heart for wounds sustained during a Luftwaffe bombing raid.
The barracks he was in took a direct hit, injuring DiFranco and two others, one of whom was trapped under a large beam.
“I don’t know where I got the strength when I lifted that beam,” DiFranco said. All three were seriously injured, but survived the attack.
It took almost a year for the French Legion of Honor Award to be processed. The award from the French government is a tribute to the soldiers who fought to free France from the Axis powers.
In addition to the French Legion of Honor Medal, DiFranco earned the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Expert Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge of the M1 rifle and the World War II Victory Medal.
He is the proud father of Steven DiFranco and Diana Everett and grandfather to John Ours, Adam Ours and Dr. Alice Ours Vitiello.

Honor guard available
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton has an honor guard available with a few days’ notice to perform a full military funeral service to honor any service man or woman at their passing.
For details call 440-834-8764, please leave a message if no one answers.

Gunny’s Hall Sunday morning breakfast buffet
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, offers a Sunday morning breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to noon.
Cost is $7.50 with additional menu items at reasonable prices. For details, call 440-974-9380.

Polka dance at Post 7 in Wickliffe
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a polka dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the post home.
Tickets are $25 per person and will include beer, wine and ethnic foods. Patty C & the Guys will play. All are welcome. For details, call 440-585-4191.

SAL offers Lucky Shoots on Saturdays
Sons of the American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, offers Lucky Shoots beginning at 9 a.m. every Saturday through March 14.
Sign-up begins at 9 a.m. and shoots begin at 10 a.m. Full shoots are $30. For details, call the post at 440-428-7893.

Militaria Collectors Show at Lakeland
Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland, will host a Militaria Collectors Show March 20-21 in the main gym.
Admission for the show is $4 for adults and $2 for children. The public is welcome and parking is free. For details, visit www.lakelandmilitaryshow.info or call Dean Becker at the Lakeland Campus Police Department at 440-525-7241.

Willowick post rents hall
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, has a banquet hall for rent.
The hall’s capacity is 200 people and it’s ideal for weddings, reception, parties and gatherings. Contact the post for more information at 440-943-9659 or post 678@sbcglobal.net.

Sixth annual fundraiser at Willoughby VFW
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host its sixth annual fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. March 28 at the post.
Abbey Rodeo will perform at 8 p.m. The event also will feature a 50/50 raffle and sideboards.
Proceeds will benefit VFW Charities.
Tickets are $10 for VFW members and $12 for nonmembers. A special will be offered for membership sign-up. For tickets, call 440-669-3495 or the post at 440-951-9233.

Blessing of the Bikes April 12
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a Blessing of the Bikes on April 12.
The parking lot will be open at 10 a.m. with the blessing at noon. There will be vendors, a DJ and food. The public is welcome
For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Fundraiser for Boulevard of 500 Flags
The Boulevard of 500 Flags 2015 annual fundraiser dinner will be 6 to 11 p.m. April 24 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner with open bar, Chinese auction, door prizes, sideboards and a 50/50 raffle.
To purchase tickets, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344 or Lois Sbrocco at 440-946-3439.

Junior Girls host chicken Alfredo dinner
The Junior Girls Unit of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a chicken Alfredo dinner 1 to 3 p.m. March 8 at the post home.
Dinner donation is $7 per person. For details, call 440-354-9090.

European Tour scheduled in May
American Legion Post 214 and Military Historical Tours will host a European tour from May 31 through June 10.
The tour will in Reims, Verdun, Normandy and D-Day Anniversary commemoration at Omaha Beach, American Cemetery and Pointe Du Hoc. For details, call 703-590-1295 or 800-722-9501.

Eastlake post plans corned beef dinners
VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will serve a corned beef dinner, sandwiches and Reubens on March 15 and corned beef sandwiches and Reubens on March 17. Hours are noon to 8 p.m.
For details call 440-942-3980.

Willoughby Legion to host St. Patrick’s Day party
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby will host a St. Patrick’s Day party from 5 to 11 p.m. March 14 at the post home.
Reuben or corned beef sandwiches with fries, cole slaw and pickle will be $10. The evening will include sideboards, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Please sign up at the post or reserve a spot by calling 440-942-7762 after 3 p.m.

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, February 25, 2015

Airplanes, Art and the Eiffel tower

The stories I receive from Owen Hughes, of Newark, New York, give a personal touch to the World War II history I have read and learned about from books.
I met Hughes through a mutual friend and have since received many stories of his wartime experiences via e-mail. Perhaps the one that I liked the most was that of living under the Eiffel Tower in Paris on a C-47.
Hughes was housed on the plane during an exhibit that the Army Air Corps sponsored under the Eiffel Tower. It was his job to paint the signs and any necessary artwork for the exhibit; he kept busy between 8 a.m. and noon. After getting a shower and shave a block away from the tower at MP headquarters, he would be on his own.
“My off time, I was free to do whatever I wished, so I did a lot of sightseeing. Paris is full of art wherever you go,” Hughes said “I did a lot of observing and mentally recording what I saw. Most of Paris, I was told, was laid out by artists.”
After the three months on display, the 15 aircraft under the tower were dismantled by the French military and hauled away.
“The purpose of the exhibit was to show the French what planes we used to win the war and free the French,” Hughes explained.
From painting noseart on aircraft to painting anything else that commanding officers required, Hughes painted it. Now at just shy of 96 years of age, he still paints.
When the restored B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies later this year, the art on the nose of the aircraft will be seen all over the United States. That dwarf is a Hughes piece of art.

Women in Aviation topic at library
Mentor Library will celebrate women in aviation with a program at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at the Main Branch, 8215 Mentor Ave. in Mentor.
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland has stories, photos, memorabilia and artifacts from more than 6,000 women who have done some amazing things. IWASM Board President Connie Luhta, who is both a pilot and a flight instructor, will share some of these stories at the library on Monday.
She will talk about some of the women who have soared — both locally and internationally, including a hot-air balloonist who performed at Napoleon Bonaparte’s wedding and Marge Hurlburt, an English teacher at Harvey High School in Painesville who set a speed record for women before dying during an air show in Iowa. Hurlburt also served as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War II.
Luhta’s talk is free and open to everyone. Register by calling the library at 440-255-8811, ext. 216, or register online at www.mentorpl.org.

Polish Legion Auxiliary hosts ‘Think Spring’ bash
The Polish Legion of American Veterans Auxiliary will host a “Think Spring, Think Indians” Bash beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at the post, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland.
Admission is $8 and food being served will be just like going to an Indians game. A cash bar will be available with music and sideboards. Indians attire is requested, but not necessary. For tickets call Theresa at 216-337-8997 or Linda at 216-383-9016.

Junior Girls host dinner
Veterans of Foreign Wars Junior Girls Unit 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a chicken alfredo dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. March 8 at the post home. Dinners will be $7 per person. For details, call 440-354-9090.

Sauerkraut and kielbasa 
at Painesville VFW
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a sauerkraut, kielbasa and potatoes dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the post home. For details, call 440-354-9090.

Lucky shoots every Saturday 
at Madison Post
Sons of the American Legion of Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host lucky shoots every Saturday through March 14 at the post home.
Doors open at 9 a.m. to sign up and shoots begin at 10 a.m. Full shoots will be $30. A breakfast also will be available.
For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893.

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, February 19, 2015

Airplane nose art painter is one interesting man

Nose art appears on the very front of an airplane close to the propeller. Owen Hughes, 95, of Newark, New York, is one of the painters familiar with this sort of art, he painted a number of airplanes while stationed in England during World War II.
“I estimate close to 100, I never kept track because it was just another job I was assigned to do,” Hughes said. “I painted many flight jackets, officers’ mess halls, officers’ bars and also cigarette lighters and some hats.”
I got to know Hughes through a mutual friend. Hughes is responsible for the lettering and the caricature of “Doc” on the nose of the B-29 that is expected to fly this spring. The B-29 will be one of two that are airworthy. Hughes still paints and stays busy with his art and his friends.
There is more to learn about this amazing man. Next week, learn what art, airplanes and the Eiffel Tower have in common.

Willoughby post will host chili cook-off
VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host a chili cook-off on Feb. 21 at the post home.
Entries must be at least 4 quarts and be at the post before 5:30 p.m. The contest will begin at 6 p.m. Winner will get bragging rights and their name on a plaque.
For details, call the post at 440-951-9233.

Sauerkraut and kielbasa 
at Painesville VFW
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a sauerkraut, kielbasa and potatoes dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the post home. For details call 440-354-9090.

Willowick Legion has hall for rent
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, has a banquet hall for rent.
The hall has a capacity of 200 people and is ideal for weddings, receptions, parties etc. For details and photos, visit the post website at post678@sbcglobal.net

Lucky shoots every Saturday 
at Madison Post
Sons of the American Legion of Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host lucky shoots every Saturday through March 14 at the post home.
Doors open at 9 a.m. to sign up and shoots begin at 10 a.m. Full shoots will be $30. A breakfast also will be available.
For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893.

VFW Ladies serve breakfast
Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will serve breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the post.

Polka at the Wickliffe Legion
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a polka dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the post home.
Tickets are $25 per person and includes beer, wine and ethnic foods. The Patty C and the Guys band will play for listening and dancing pleasure.
For details, call 440-585-4191.

Willoughby VFW hosts 
6th annual fundraiser
VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host its sixth annual fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. March 28 at the post home.
Entertainment will be provided by Abbey Rodeo. Tickets are $10 for VFW members and $12 for nonmembers.
Proceeds raised will benefit VFW Charities, the Wounded Warrior Project, Project Hope, troops overseas and our local veterans in need. For tickets, call Don at 440-669-3495 or the post home at 440-951-9233.

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, February 11, 2015

Nose Art was a morale booster

It is no secret that I love aviation and have had an interest in it since I was little. The art that adorns the nose of the World War II aircraft was usually painted on by a talented member of the group while waiting for mission orders.
I have been lucky enough to speak with many of the pilots of World War II aircraft and have seen many of these beautiful artworks up close. A good number of the “artworks” are considered racy for the time period, but they also were morale boosters for the crews that flew the aircraft.
One of these talented nose art painters is Owen Hughes of Newark, New York. Now in his 90s, Hughes is still an active painter. His artwork will be seen on the nose of “Doc,” the B-29 bomber currently undergoing restoration by the United States Aviation Museum. Doc is expected to be flying later this year.

Catholic War Veterans establishes scholarships
Catholic War Veterans John Paul II of Lake County established two annual scholarships — one each for a male and female student — at Lake Catholic High School in Mentor.
The students must submit a written submission relating what it means to have a family member or relative as a veteran or actively serving in the U.S. military.
The scholarship winners for 2015 are Victor Prokop and Alexandria Schmitt. Each was awarded a $500 scholarship for the college of their choice.
For details about CWV, call Ken Kirchner, second vice commander, at 440-257-2156 or visit www.cwvpost 1959.org.

Madison VFW hosts Valentine’s Day dinner
Madison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison Township, will host a Valentine’s Day spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the post home. Dinner is $5 per person and children younger than 10 years will be served free. For details, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Painesville auxiliary will serve breakfast
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 at the post. For details, call the post home at 440-354-9090.

Men’s auxiliary in Madison hosts breakfast
Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison Township, will serve a sausage gravy breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at the post home. For details, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Ladies serve kielbasa and sauerkraut dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a sauerkraut, kielbasa and potato dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the post home. For details, call the post home at 440-354-9090.

Dinner, dancing 
for Valentine’s Day
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a Valentine’s Day dinner dance at the post Feb. 14.
Dinner will be served 6 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. The event will include sideboards and a 50/50 raffle.
To RSVP, call the post home at 440-942-7762 after 3 p.m.

Painesville legion hosts 
sweetheart breakfast raffle
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a sweetheart reverse raffle breakfast at 9 a.m. Feb. 15.
Only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 and include admission, a $1,000 main board and a breakfast buffet. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Willoughby Legion 
hosts Chinese Auction
The Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a Chinese auction beginning at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the post home.
Doors open at 1 p.m. and numbers will be pulled at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes lunch and four tickets. For tickets or information, call the post after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762 or leave a message at 440-942-5113.
Proceeds benefit America Legion Auxiliary programs.

SAL host lucky shoots 
Sons of the American Legion of Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host lucky shoots every Saturday through March 14 at the post home.
Doors open at 9 a.m. to sign up and shoots begin at 10 a.m. Full shoots will be $30. A breakfast also will be available. For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893.

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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