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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Movie keeps actors young

Pearl Harbor Day, on Dec. 7, was spent doing the usual chores that I do on Sunday and thinking about my uncle who was killed during the attack.
That evening, “From Here to Eternity” aired on one of the movie channels and I sat down to watch it. I have seen this movie a great many times — so many times that I can recite dialogue.
The movie has become a staple in the Pearl Harbor Day lineup on Turner Classic Movies. Of course, how could a movie be anything but great with leading characters played by Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine and Frank Sinatra? The leading men playing to beautiful leading ladies Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed would have to make for a great movie.
Frank Sinatra gave a superior performance as “Maggio” in the film. He won an Oscar for the part and revived a somewhat lagging career. Today, Dec. 12, would have been Sinatra’s 99th birthday. For some of us, he will always be the young Pvt. Maggio from the movie.  

Veterans stories wanted
To be a part of the Veterans Hall located above Arabica Coffee House in Willoughby, scan and email a photo with a short story about your service years to kennygodnavec@yahoo.com or drop it off or mail it to Arabica, Attn.: Kenny Godnavec, 4148 Erie St., Willoughby, OH 44094. Or call 440-749-3423 for more information.

Sunday breakfast at Gunny’s Hall
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a breakfast buffet that is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
The cost is $7.50 per person and special orders are available. For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

AMVETS host steak dinner
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, will host a steak dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month (Oct. 11; Nov. 8 and Dec. 13) at the post home. Dinner is $12 and is open to the public.
For details, call 440-527-1911.

Fairport post cancels fish fry
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, has cancelled the fish fry scheduled for Dec. 12. For details, call 440-352-1123.

Donations for Christmas project requested
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, is asking for donations for the annual Christmas benefit project. This year, the unit has a special request: One of the families that the auxiliary adopted is in need of an electric stove and a refrigerator. If you are able to assist in a donation of this kind, please contact the post after 3 p.m. to make arrangements.
The auxiliary also is collecting gifts, food and cash donations to help the families have a Christmas. Donation deadline is Dec. 17. Call the post for more information after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762.

Donate to Toys for Tots
Red Roof Inns are one of the many drop -off locations for Toys for Tots.
During the holiday season, Red Roof Inn sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation so that the tradition of giving hope and smiles to children will continue. Red Roof locations in the Cleveland area will collect new unwrapped toys in the lobbies through Dec. 15.        

 Willoughby VFW will host benefit
VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host a benefit beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 for the family of Nicole Devine, who was the victim of a homicide in Willoughby. Tickets are $15 and will include an Italian dinner with live musical entertainment. All money raised from this event will help the Devine family with expenses. For details or tickets, call the post home at 440-951-9233.

Dinner benefits gathering
The United States Aviation Museum, sponsor of the Annual Gathering of Eagles air show, will host a pasta dinner at La-Vera Party Center, 32200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills, from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds will benefit the Gathering of Eagles Air show.
For information, call Don Manno at 440-442-4151.

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, December 4, 2014

Stockings for Soldiers grows in community

DeJohn Funeral Homes and Crematory’s annual “Stockings for Soldiers” program has gained community support.
More than 600 filled stockings were picked up by soldiers from the Youngstown Air Force Station on Nov. 26. The stockings will be delivered to various events and to local armories leading up to the holidays.
The filled stockings will be given to local troops returning from six-month deployments overseas. Stockings are being distributed to soldiers returning home because of the drawdown of overseas troops.
The Willoughby-based business has sponsored this program since 2008 as part of its veterans and memorial care services supporting active military as well as local veterans.

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 and other events. Photos are available at post678@sbcglobal.net ,or for information, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Breakfast at Gunny’s Hall
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a Sunday Breakfast Buffet that is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The cost is $7.50 per person and special orders are available. For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

Madison VFW hosts meals
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison, will host the monthly Ladies Auxiliary dinner on the first Saturday of each month at the post home. The ladies will serve dinner 4 to 7 p.m. each first Saturday. Proceeds benefit VFW Auxiliary charities.
The post hosts a hamburger night from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. to noon the third Sunday of each month, the Men’s Auxiliary serves a biscuit and sausage gravy breakfast for $5. For details about the events, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Volunteers needed to decorate for Pearl Harbor Day
Decorating for the Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave. in  Painesville Township. Volunteers will be welcomed.
The dinner on Dec. 7 will begin at 1700 hours (5 p.m.) with an open bar, followed by a steak dinner at 1800 hours (6 p.m.).
The guest speaker will be retired Col. Timothy Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Spouses and attendants are welcome.
Tickets are $35 per person. To reserve tickets, call 440-354-9530.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms or a part of the uniform.

Concert marks Pearl Harbor Day
Lakeland Civic Band will present a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center at Lakeland Community College. The theme of the show will be “A Pearl Harbor Remembrance,” featuring a salute to all the United States Armed Forces.
Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 440-525-7134.

Pearl Harbor Day service in Burton
Atwood-Mauck Post 459, of Burton-Middlefield, will host a Pearl Harbor Day Memorial at 11 a.m. at the Village Gazebo in Burton. The public is encouraged to attend.
For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Willowick Legion serves pasta dinner
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the post home.
Following dinner, DJ Skyler Cola will entertain until 11 p.m. Dinners are $5 per person and includes spaghetti, homemade meatballs and garlic bread. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Volunteers to help create door swags for veterans
Join Geauga Park District and Operation S.T.A.T. at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township, for a make-and-give event from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 6-7.
Help create patriotic evergreen door swags for veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals to show that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. Supplies will be provided.
For details, call MaryRuth Shumway at 216-905-8081.

Toys for Tots donations needed
Red Roof Inns are one of the many drop-off locations for Toys for Tots.
During the holiday season, Red Roof Inn sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation so that the tradition of giving hope and smiles to children will continue. Red Roof locations in the Cleveland area will collect new unwrapped toys in the lobbies through Dec. 15.

Early warning
The United States Aviation Museum, sponsor of the Annual Gathering of Eagles air show, will host a pasta dinner at La-Vera Party Center, 32200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills, from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7.
Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds will benefit the Gathering of Eagles air show.
For information, call Don Manno at 440-442-4151.

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, November 26, 2014

AMVETS post does great job in neighborhood

AMVETS Post 109 in Mentor-on-the-Lake sponsors a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors and veterans annually.
This year, the dinner was Nov. 22, and from what I have been told, it was a very enjoyable evening. How do I know? My mother was one of those in attendance.
Mom lives at Andrews Place Apartments. The residents are a fun bunch and do a number of get-togethers throughout the year.
AMVETS Post 109 invites the seniors to the post for a Thanksgiving dinner and handles all the arrangements for the transportation to and from the apartment building. The dinner is followed with trivia games and bingo.
Mom couldn’t wait to tell me all about the wonderful meal and what a great job the post members had done in making everyone feel so comfortable at the post. Her enjoyment was evident when she related the evenings events to me.
Thank you AMVETS Post 109. It was a job well done by the post members, sons, and auxiliary. The evening is getting rave reviews. Keep up the great work.

Lakeland Civic Band to present ‘A Pearl Harbor Remembrance’
Lakeland Civic Band will present a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. The theme will be “A Pearl Harbor Remembrance” and will feature a salute to all the United States Armed Forces. This program was first presented Dec. 7, 2008, and was a great success with a capacity audience.
Civic Band Director Charles Frank will be assisted by guest conductor Matthew Salvaggio and narrator Herman Rueger. The concert will include musical tributes to each of the armed forces and music from World War II. Adult tickets will be $7; senior tickets are $6 and students will be charged $2. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 440-525-7134.

Annual Pearl Harbor Day dinner at Hellriegel’s
The Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner will begin with an open bar at 1700 hours (5 p.m.), followed by a steak dinner at 1800 hours (6 p.m.), on Dec. 7 at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave. in Painesville Township.
The guest speaker will be retired Col. Timothy Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Spouses and attendants are welcome. Tickets are $35 per person. To reserve tickets, call 440-354-9530.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms or a part of the uniform.

Burton post will host Pearl Harbor Day Memorial service
Atwood-Mauck Post 459, of Burton-Middlefield will host a Pearl Harbor Day Memorial at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the village gazebo in Burton. The public is encouraged to attend. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Gunny’s Hall serving daily lunches
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor, is serving daily lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fish fry dinners on Friday evenings. There are also weekly specials offered.
For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

Creations for veterans
Join Geauga Park District and Operation S.T.A.T. at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township, for a make-and-give event from noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 6 and 7.
Help create patriotic evergreen door swags for veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals to show that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. Supplies will be provided.
For details, call MaryRuth Shumway at 216-905-8081.

Toys for Tots collection points
Red Roof Inns are one of the many drop-off locations for Toys for Tots.
During the holiday season, Red Roof Inn sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation so that the tradition of giving hope and smiles to children will continue. Red Roof locations in the Cleveland area will collect new unwrapped toys in the lobbies through Dec. 15.

USAM to host pasta dinner
The United States Aviation Museum, sponsor of the Annual Gathering of Eagles air show, will host a pasta dinner at La-Vera Party Center, 32200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7.
Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds will benefit the Gathering of Eagles air show.
For information, call Don Manno at 440-442-4151.

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, November 20, 2014

Marines at the mall mark the holiday season

The holidays are almost here.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and of course, the shopping hysteria right behind that. A wide variety of programs are available to help those in need.
While shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on the list, please remember to pick up an extra toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program, or perhaps while at the grocery store, buy an extra bag of beef jerky for a USO care package.
Donations to any number of reputable agencies will help see that our troops are remembered at the holidays. The toys that are distributed by Toys for Tots are a small guarantee that every child has a Christmas.
It wouldn’t be the holiday season at the mall without the Marines in their dress blue uniforms collecting for Toys for Tots. I look forward to seeing them every year.

Annual Pearl Harbor Day dinner at Hellriegel’s
The Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner will begin with an open bar at 1700 hours (5 p.m.), followed by a steak dinner at 1800 hours (6 p.m.), Dec. 7 at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave. in Painesville Township.
The guest speaker will be retired Col. Timothy Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.
Spouses and attendants are welcome. Tickets are $35 per person. To reserve tickets call 440-354-9530.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms or a part of the uniform.

Gunny’s Hall serving daily lunches
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor, is serving daily lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fish fry dinners on Friday evenings. There are also weekly specials offered. For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

Veterans’ cards offered at Morley Library Saturday
Representatives of the Lake County Recorder’s Office will be at Morley Public Library, 184 Phelps St. in Painesville, from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 to register Lake County veterans for the County Veterans ID Card. Veterans need to bring the original or a certified copy of their DD-214 and a photo ID. For details about the card, call the Recorder’s Office at 440-350-2508.

Burton post will host Pearl Harbor Day Memorial service
Atwood-Mauck Post 459, of Burton-Middlefield, will host a Pearl Harbor Day Memorial at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the village gazebo in Burton.
The public is encouraged to attend. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Euclid Legion Auxiliary Unit hosts craft show
The Ladies Auxiliary Unit of Euclid American Legion Post 343 will host a craft show at the post home, 20750 Arbor Ave. in Euclid, from 4 to 9 p.m., Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22.
The public is welcome. For more details, call Mary at 216-289-7388.

Willoughby Legion post hosts vendor fair
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a vendor fair from noon to 5 p.m. at the post home Nov. 23. The sale is open to the public and the auxiliary will host a bake sale.
Vendors will include Mary Kay, Tupperware, Beauty Control, Jamberry Nails, Avon, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Silpada, Party Lite and Tastefully Simple. Funds raised from the event will be used for American Legion Auxiliary sanctioned programs.

Creations for veterans
Join Geauga Park District and Operation S.T.A.T. at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township, for a make-and-give event from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.
Help create patriotic evergreen door swags for veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals to show that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. Supplies will be provided.
For details, call MaryRuth Shumway at 216-905-8081.

Toys for Tots collection points
Red Roof Inns are one of the many drop-off locations for Toys for Tots. During the holiday season, Red Roof Inn sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation so that the tradition of giving hope and smiles to children will continue.
Red Roof locations in the Cleveland area will collect new unwrapped toys in the lobbies through Dec. 15.

USAM to host pasta dinner
The United States Aviation Museum, sponsor of the annual Gathering of Eagles air show, will host a pasta dinner at La-Vera Party Center, 32200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills, from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7.
Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds will benefit the Gathering of Eagles air show.
For more information, call Don Manno at 440-442-4151.

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, November 13, 2014

Holiday fun packing baskets

Veterans Day has come and gone for another year. I have to say I was surprised by the many events and free offers for veterans throughout the area.
It is heartwarming to see so many schools, clubs and private businesses step up to recognize the service and sacrifice of all those that served.
The holiday season is now only a few weeks away. Most of the posts will be putting together food baskets and care items for families in the post home area. The baskets are put together from donations and distributed in the post home area in most cases. That means that the baskets are being delivered to neighbors.
If donating items is not to your liking, then volunteer to help pack or distribute the baskets. It’s been almost 25 years and I can still remember the first time I volunteered to pack baskets for a holiday as one of the best days spent at a post. Everyone was happy and doing something constructive and helpful at the same time.

AMVETS Rock-A-Thon a success
AMVETS Post 1971, 4129 Main St. in Perry, raised $1,770 during the 18th annual Rock-A-Thon for Hospice of the Western Reserve. Rockers and sponsors rocked the day away in front of the post home in Perry. Each year, the post sponsors the event to help raise funds for the hospice. The annual event is open to anyone who would like to volunteer or sponsor a rocker. For details about the next Rock-A-Thon, call the post at 440-259-5131.

Breakfast at Gunny’s Hall
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a Sunday Breakfast Buffet that is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The cost is $7.50 per person and special orders are available. For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

AMVETS serving breakfast
Sons of AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will serve breakfast on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will be $5 per person and is open to the public. For details, call the post at 440-257-9217.

VFW hosts fish fry
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will host a fish fry Nov. 14 at the post home. Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner will be served 4 to 7 p.m.
Because of the holiday, this will be the only fish fry served this month. For more information, call 440-352-1123.

WWII and Korean Veterans eat free
Sons of the American Legion of American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will serve a free dinner to veterans of World War II and Korea from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15. The veterans and their spouses will be served free, guests will be served for $10.
For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Leroy VFW hosts pork chop dinner
Leroy-Thompson VFW Post 7939, 12827 Painesville-Warren Road, Leroy Township will host a pork chop dinner 5 to 7 p.m., Nov. 15, at the post home. Dinner will be $12 per person. For details call the post home at 440-254-0609.

Work party to lower flags in Eastlake
The Eastlake Boulevard of 500 Flags volunteer Committee will host a work party at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 to lower the flags.
The parties are open to anyone who would like to volunteer. Volunteer should bring work gloves.
The Boulevard of 500 Flags is maintained by volunteers and donations. For information about volunteering, call 440-951-1416.

Veterans Hospitality Dinner in Kirtland
A Veterans Hospitality Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Nov. 19, at the Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland.
The family event is designed to bring area veterans together in appreciation of their service. This will be the last dinner sponsored by the Ghost Rider Foundation.

Toys for Tots collection point
Red Roof Inns are one of the many drop-off locations for Toys for Tots.
During the holiday season, Red Roof Inn sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation so that the tradition of giving hope and smiles to children will continue.
Red Roof locations in the Cleveland area will collect new unwrapped toys in the lobbies through Dec. 15.

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, October 29, 2014

Team RWB addresses PTSD with endurance sports

Team Red, White and Blue addresses mental health issues within the veterans community through endurance sports, leadership training camps and volunteer activities to enhance the lives of veterans and assist them in reintegration into the local community.
Thomas Beers, veterans outreach director of Team RWB Cleveland/Akron, will speak at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 11. The public is welcome.
The Cleveland/Akron chapter of Team RWB will participate in the national flag relay on Nov. 4. The relay is being done to show support for our nation’s heroes as it crosses the country carried by members of the RWB team. The relay began Sept. 11 in San Francisco, California, and will end on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, just outside of Washington, D.C., at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Team Cleveland/Akron has 12 runners who will participate over challenging terrain, beginning in Fairview, Ohio, just east of Columbus, crossing the Ohio River into West Virginia and ending in Claysville, Pennsylvania. Team Cleveland/Akron is the only RWB team that will step into three states. For more information about Team Red, White and Blue, visit TEAMRWB.org.

Ladies Auxiliary President visits Painesville post
The Ladies Auxiliary of Painesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host State President Sandra Uzell at a whistle stop membership pickup visit at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the post home. For details, call Auxiliary President Diane McSween at 440-354-3350 or District 7 Membership Chairman Judy Uehlinger at 440-466-7947.

Dine to Donate’ at Applebee’s
Operation S.T.A.T. will host a “Dine to Donate” night at Applebee’s on Maplegrove Road in Willoughby Hills on Nov. 5. Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of the bill to Operation S.T.A.T. from each patron who visits the restaurant with the Dine to Donate flier. The flier is available on the Operation STAT Facebook page.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball announced
The 239th USMC Birthday Ball sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 782 will be 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 8 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 133 South Spruce St. in Jefferson. The event is open to the public and tickets are $45 per couple or $25 per single. For details, call Tom Lucas Jr. at 440-813-3914.

Legion Auxiliary raffles basket
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a basket raffle.
The basket contains $50 gift certificates from local merchants.
The drawing will be during the intermission of Sunday bingo on Nov. 9. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. If interested, call Maribeth Shankman at 216-408-6284.

Leroy post hosts pork chop dinner
Leroy-Thompson VFW Post 7939, 12827 Painesville Warren Road in Leroy Township, will host a pork chop dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the post home. Dinners will be $12 each. For details, call 440-254-0609.

Catholic War Veterans recruiting week
Catholic War Veterans of the United States will be actively recruiting the week of Nov. 8-16 at Catholic churches in the Greater Cleveland area. Organized in 1935, membership is open to baptized Catholic men and women who served at least 90 days active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces. For details about National Recruitment, week visit www.cwv.org.

Madison Library helps with fundraising
The Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, is helping local veterans with the naming of the Madison High School football field.
The field will be the “Dick Hamblin Field.” Hamblin was the first local casualty of the Vietnam War.
The library will have a donation jar out at the library the week of Veterans Day, Nov. 10 to 15. Funds collected will be used to purchase a sign for under the scoreboard.

SALs host Poor Man’s Reverse Raffle
The Sons of the American Legion will host a Poor Man’s Reverse Raffle beginning at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick.
Tickets are $15 each and on sale at the bar. Live entertainment by Alex Bevan will follow in the canteen. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Work party at Boulevard of Flags
The Eastlake Boulevard of 500 Flags volunteer committee will host a work party at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 to lower the flags.
The work party is open to anyone who would like to volunteer. Those helping should bring gloves. For information about volunteering, call 440-951-1416.

Fundraiser benefits Fisher House
The Polish Legion of American Veterans, U.S.A. Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31, will host a benefit for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15 at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 E. 260th St. in Euclid.
Tickets are $30 each and include a buffet dinner served from 5 to 6:45 p.m. and live music. To purchase tickets or donate a raffle basket or item, please call 216-337-8997.

Veterans Hospitality Dinner at Old South Church
A Veterans Hospitality Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland.
The family event is designed to bring area veterans together. This will be the last dinner sponsored by the Ghost Rider Foundation.

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, October 23, 2014

District 9 President Louise Cichon, Bernice Dworning and Maribeth Shankman celebrate Dworning’s 50 year membership in the American Legion Auxiliary, Willowick Unit 678.