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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, July 17, 2014

Local air show a fun afternoon

I grew up enjoying the airport, Dad would buy us ice cream and then head to the nearest airfield to watch the planes take off and land. He would call the take off and landings like a sportscaster calls a game.
This is air show weekend and I will be there Saturday afternoon to enjoy the aircraft. The Gathering of Eagles at Willoughby Lost Nation Airport always is a fun way to spend the afternoon.
The event is different from the Cleveland National Air show at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. The local show enables you to talk to the pilots, ask questions about the aircraft and learn something new about history.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13 per person or $25 for couples, and children 4 to 12 years of age will be admitted for $7. All proceeds from the show benefit the restoration of “Doc” a B-29 being restored to flying condition.

Painesville VFW 
at Party-in-the-Park
Painesville VFW Post 2595 will host a booth at the Painesville Party in the Park July 18-20. Information will be available about all of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary programs. A drawing for a free flag set will be part of the fun. Membership for any active duty eligible service person is free. This year, a second year membership will be free for any eligible veteran or Ladies Auxiliary member joining at Party in the Park. Contact Jill or George Householder at 440-352-9522 for information.

Willoughby Legion to host rummage sale
American Legion Post 214 4304 Center Street, Willoughby will host a rummage sale at the post home, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19. Tables are available for $10 per table. The post will serve hot dogs, chips and pop for $5. For details call the post home at 440-942-7762.

Painesville Ladies Auxiliary 
to offer breakfast July 20
Painesville VFW Post 2595 Ladies Auxiliary will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. July 20. The breakfast will be served at the post 570 Liberty Street, Painesville. All are welcome. For details call the post home at 440-352-9090.

Painesville Color guard host garage sale
American Legion Post 336 Color Guard, 60 Chester Street, Painesville will host a garage sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24-26 at the post home. Space is available in the pavilion and out of doors. A table in the pavilion will be $7 per day and outside will be $5 per day. For details call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Willoughby VFW hosts steak roast and membership drive
VFW Post 1500 38295 Pelton Road, Willoughby will host a Steak Roast and Membership drive, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 25 at the post home. Dinners are $15 per person and include potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, salad and dessert. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the post. Take advantage of a special offer, bring your DD214 to join for $35, get a free dinner and a second year at half price. Proceeds of the steak roast will benefit the Littlest Hero’s Fund. For details call 440-951-9233.

Legion County Council 
to auction meat and cheese
The American Legion, Geauga County Council will host a Meat and cheese raffle beginning at 4:30 p.m. July 26, at Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road, Newbury. There will be a raffle every ten minutes. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be available. For details call 440-635-6390 or 440-313-2095. All proceeds will go toward helping Geauga County Veterans in need.

Euclid Vets annual 
car show July 27
Euclid Vets Association will host the Second Annual Classic Car show 11 a.m. to 4p.m. July 27, at Tizzano’s Party Center Parking lot, 1361 East 260th Street, just south of Route 2. All classic cars older than 1989 are welcome. Admission is free but a donation to the Gary Sinese Foundation for Disabled Vets will be appreciated. The event will include a DJ and concessions. For details call  Mike Tucci at 216-375-7223 or email mtooch@ameritech.net.

Garage sale at Eastlake VFW
Eastlake VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine Street, Eastlake will host a garage sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 9 at the post home. Inside tables are available for $15 and outside spaces will be $5 (you supply the table). Call Kellie at the post home to reserve a table at 440-942-3980.

Coffee and Donuts GI style
A GI get together with coffee and donuts will be 8 a.m. to noon, August 9, at American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Street, Burton.
For details call Frank at 440-834-8038.

Chardon Ladies host 
Chinese Auction
The Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water Street, Chardon Ladies Auxiliary will host a Chinese Auction noon to 3 p.m., August 9, at the post home. All are welcome. For details call the post home at 440-285-3699.

Burton Legion cancels 
steak roast
The August 16 steak roast at American Legion post 459 in Burton has been cancelled. For details call the post home at 440-563-8715.

Patty Melt Fridays at AMVETS
AMVETS Post 109, Sons of AMVETS, 7847 Lakeshore Boulevard, Mentor-on-the-Lake will serve Patty melts, 5 and 8 p.m. July 18 and 25th and August 1, at the post home. Prices start at $7. The meal is open to the public. For details call 440-257-9217.

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, July 10, 2014

Marine works to keep Battlefield promise

Brian Morgan of Mentor is a Marine from the Second Marine Division who is working to keep a promise he made to a buddy. Morgan was badly wounded in Fallujah, Iraq, and his buddy was killed.
Morgan promised he would restore “Jenny,” a 1989 Jeep YJ, to look like a World War II “Willies” Jeep. The Willies was the all-terrain vehicle of WWII. “That is all he talked about while we were there,” Morgan said. “He was a phenomenal Marine and he served because he wanted to.”
The dream of the two men was to drive cross country to California together in the restored Jeep. But that dream shattered the day the two were hit in Iraq.
Morgan recovered and is now working to put the Jeep together and keep the promise to his friend.
The engine and transmission work are done.
Morgan spoke with Jim Bair of Lake Transmission in Wickliffe, and said he intended on making payments until he could pick up the Jeep.
Bair recalled the conversation.
“I talked to him and he told me all that his buddy talked about was taking the Jeep cross country to sit on the beach,” Bair said. “It was an opportunity to help a veteran. I felt we could contribute.”
Morgan was surprised a few days after dropping off “Jenny” at the shop, Bair called him and told him to pick it up, it was ready. But Morgan was not ready for the surprise that awaited him. The Jeep was done and there was no charge.
Morgan plans to have the restoration completed by late summer and drive to Chattanooga to visit with his buddy’s family, then drive to the West Coast to keep the promise he made in Fallujah. Semper Fi Marine.

Legion Riders host fifth annual pig roast
American Legion Riders Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, is getting ready for its fifth annual pig roast, beginning at 2 p.m. July 12 at the post.
Tickets are $15 per person and serving will begin at 3 p.m. There will be a live band, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Legacy Scholarship Foundation, which helps the children of those parents killed while serving our country. Legion riders all across the country have been raising money for this fund since 2001.
For more information, call Tom Tamborski at 440-724-6871.

AMVETS Summer craft and vendor show
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, will host a summer craft and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 at the post home. There will be more than 20 crafters and vendors offering homemade jewelry, gumball machines, Younique, Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl and more. The event also will include a Chinese raffle. For details call Cody Hall, AMVETS Post 40 second vice, at 440-381-2997.

Veterans hospitality dinner at Old South Church
A veterans hospitality dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. July 16 at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland. The free dinner will be a summer picnic style meal with barbecue, salads, beans and desserts. This is a free dinner for veterans and their families. Please register at ghostriderfoundation@gmail.com to assure adequate food.

Painesville VFW at Party in the Park
Painesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595 will host a booth at the Painesville Party in the Park July 18-20.
Information will be available about all of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary programs. A drawing for a free flag set will be part of the fun.
Membership for any active duty eligible service person is free. This year, a second year membership will be free for any eligible veteran or Ladies Auxiliary member joining at Party in the Park. Contact Jill or George Householder at 440-352-9522 for information.

Rummage sale at Willoughby Legion Post
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a rummage sale at the post home from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19. Tables are available for $10 each. The post will serve hot dogs, chips and pop for $5. For details, call the post home at 440-942-7762.

Gathering of Eagles at Lost Nation Airport
Gathering of Eagles XVIII Air Show will be July 19-20 at Lost Nation Airport, 1969 Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. Tickets are $13 per person, $25 for couples, and children ages 4 to 12 years of age will be admitted for $7. Proceeds of the show benefit the restoration of the last known restorable-to-flight B-29 “Doc.” Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts breakfast
The Ladies Auxiliary of Painesville VFW Post 2595 will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. July 20.
The breakfast will be served at the post, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville. All are welcome. For details call the post home at 440-352-9090.

Legion Color Guard garage sale in Painesville
The Color Guard of American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24-26 at the post home.
Space is available in the pavilion and out doors. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Classic Car show hosted by Euclid Vets
Euclid Vets Association will host the Second Annual Classic Car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 at Tizzano’s Party Center parking lot, 1361 E. 260th St., just south of Route 2.
All classic cars older than 1989 are welcome. Admission is free but a donation to the Gary Sinese

Foundation for Disabled Vets will be appreciated.
A DJ playing classic music will entertain and concessions will be available. The first 100 cars registered will be given a goody package. For details, call Mike Tucci at 216-375-7223 or email mtooch@ameritech.net.

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

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, July 3, 2014

Fairport Mardi Gras a Fourth of July tradition

The Fairport Mardi Gras has long been a Fourth of July tradition in Lake County.
As a kid I would hop a boat ride from Ram Island Boat Club to the Mardi Gras, often climbing off the boat onto the inner harbor breakwall and walking to the festival. Times have changed and boating is just a fond memory.
If you are a veteran, it does not matter how you get there.
But make it a point to go when the Mardi Gras will honor veterans beginning at noon July 4.
A ceremony honoring veterans will start at 12:30 p.m., with
members of veterans groups participating in the presentation of colors, music and an honor guard.
All veterans and their families will be treated to free hot dogs, chips and souvenir bottled water. Mardi Gras vendors will offer food and drink specials throughout the day.
July 4 is a day to celebrate the country and the freedoms we all enjoy. It is also a time to thank those who fought for those freedoms.

Young Marines looking 
for additional staff
The Greater Lake County Young Marines is looking for additional staff members. A few staff positions are available and need to be filled.
If you enjoy working with kids and want to help mold the future leaders of America, we need you.
Prior service in any branch of the military is preferred, but not necessary.
Female volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.
If you are interested, download an application at www.glcyoungmarines.org.
A background check and references are required as part of the application process.
For questions or more information, email xo@glcyoungmarines.org.

AMVETS offer free membership
AMVETS Perry Post 1971, Eastlake Post 946 and Willoughby Post 942 are offering free membership to any veteran who signs up through July 7.
For details, call the post at 440-259-5131.

Catholic War Veterans 
membership drive
Catholic War Veterans Post 1959 will host a membership and poppy drive at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church Festival, which runs July 10-13 on the church grounds in Mentor.
Membership requires that a member be a practicing Catholic and an honorably discharged or active duty veteran.
Associate membership requires the member to be a practicing Catholic and have a direct relative or family member who served honorably in this country’s military.
For details about membership, contact Ken Kirchner, second vice commander at http://post1959.cwv.org/

Legion Riders host 
Fifth Annual Pig Roast
American Legion Riders Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, is getting ready for its fifth annual Pig Roast beginning at 2 p.m. July 12 at the post.
Tickets are $15 per person and serving will begin at 3 p.m. There will be a live band, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.
For more information, call Tom Tamborski at 440-724-6871.

Summer craft and vendor 
show at AMVETS post
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, will host a summer craft and vendor show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 at the post home.
There will be more than 20 crafters and vendors offering a variety of items for sale.
The event also will include a Chinese raffle. For more information, call Cody Hall, AMVETS Post 40 second vice, at 440-381-2997.

Summer picnic dinner 
free to veterans
A veterans hospitality dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. July 16 at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland.
The free dinner will be a summer picnic-style meal with barbecue, salads, beans and desserts. This is a free dinner for veterans and their families.
Please register at ghostriderfoundation@gmail.com to assure adequate food.

Korean era featured at air show
Gathering of Eagles XVIII Air Show will be July 19-20 at Lost Nation Airport, 1969 Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. This year, the show will feature “Korea — the Forgotten War,” with many aircraft of that era.
Tickets are $13 per person, $25 for couples, and children ages 4 through 12 years of age will be admitted for $7.
Proceeds of the show benefit the restoration of the last known restorable-to-flight B-29 “Doc.”
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20.

Color Guard hosts garage sale
The Color Guard of American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 24-26 at the post home.
Space is available in the pavilion and outdoors.
For more information, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

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

D-Day re-enactment in Conneaut
D-Day Conneaut will return Aug. 22-23 to Conneaut Township Park to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
The event is free and open to the public. Conneaut Township Park is located off of Interstate 90 (Exit 241) halfway between Cleveland and Erie.
D-Day Conneaut offers free parking and shuttles.
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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fairport Mardi Gras to salute veterans

The Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras has been an annual event for as long as I can remember. The big parade begins the fun that’s all wrapped around the Fourth of July weekend.
This year, there will be a special salute to veterans on July 4. The salute will begin with a mini parade at 12:30 p.m. beginning at the Fairport Harbor Veterans Park and ending at the Fairport Harbor lakefront. Each child in attendance will receive a flag, while supplies last.
The event has been organized by the Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras Committee and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, 26 Gold Star post of Fairport Harbor.
Veterans of military posts from Fairport and Painesville will be recognized and veterans and their families will be treated to free hot dogs, chips and souvenir bottle of water. Vendors at the Mardi Gras will offer food and drink specials throughout the day.
For details, call Karen Bidlack at 440-251-3150 or Sharon Lowthian at 440-463-6903.

Young Marines looking 
for additional staff members
The Greater Lake County Young Marines is looking for additional staff members. A few staff positions are available and need to be filled.
If you enjoy working with kids and want to help mold the future leaders of America, the group needs you. Prior service in any branch of the military is preferred, but is not necessary. Female volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.
If you are interested, download an application at glcyoungmarines.org. A background check and references are required as part of the application process.
For questions or further details email xo@glcyoungmarines.org.

AMVETS offering free membership
AMVETS Perry Post 1971, Eastlake Post 946 and Willoughby Post 942, are offering free membership to any veteran who signs up between June 26 and July 7, 2014. For details, call the post at 440-259-5131.

Junior Girls host car wash
The Junior Girls Unit of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a car wash and bake sale from 1 to 3 p.m. June 28 at the post home. All are welcome. For details, call Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Madison post family picnic
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host the post picnic beginning at 1 p.m. June 28. Bring a dish to share and stay for Jungle Terry at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call the post home at 440-428-7893.

Swiss steak on menu in Willoughby Hills
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. June 29 at the post home. Dinners are $9 per dinner.
For information or tickets, call the post at 440-944-1642 or Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903.

Rotary motorcycle run in Geauga County
Burton-Middlefield Rotary will sponsor an escorted motorcycle run on June 29 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.
The ride will be led by Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland with his dog Midge. The sheriff will take the participants on a 55-mile ride through Geauga County. Cost is $25 per motorcycle, which includes a rider for free.
The ride will benefit Burton-Middlefield Rotary Veterans Housing and Assistance Fund.
To date, the Rotary Club has raised more than $100,000 for Geauga County veterans through various projects, including the Geauga County Veterans Memorial, Giant Eagle Gift Cards for veterans, veterans housing and providing veterans with heating oil assistance this past winter.
Registration forms are available online. Participants also can register on the day of the ride starting at 8 a.m.

Catholic War Veterans membership drive
Catholic War Veterans Post 1959 will host a membership and poppy drive July 10 through 13 at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church Festival on the church grounds in Mentor.
Membership requires that a member be a practicing Catholic and be an honorably discharged or active duty veteran. Associate membership requires the member to be a practicing Catholic and have a direct relative or family member who served honorably in this country’s military.
For more information about membership, contact Ken Kirchner, second vice commander, at post1959.cwv.org.

Fifth annual Legion Riders pig roast
American Legion Riders Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, is getting ready for its fifth annual pig roast, beginning at 2 p.m. July 12 at the post.
Tickets are $15 per person and serving will begin at 3 p.m. There will be a live band, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Legacy Scholarship Foundation, which helps the children of those parents killed while serving our country. Legion riders all across the country have been raising money for this fund since 2001.
For more information, call Tom Tamborski at 440-724-6871.

Gathering of Eagles returns 
Gathering of Eagles XVIII Air Show will be July 19 and 20 at Lost Nation Airport, 1969 Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. This year, the show will feature “Korea — the Forgotten War,” with many war birds from that era.
The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center also will be at the show to help inform veterans of benefits they may be entitled to.
Interested veterans are asked to bring their DD214 (discharge papers) for assistance. Tickets are $13 per person, $25 for couples and children ages 4 to 12 years of age will be admitted for $7.
Proceeds of the show benefit the restoration of the last known restorable-to-flight B-29 “Doc.” Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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, June 19, 2014

Willowick Korean Veterans visit with middle school students

Willowick Middle School students spend time with Willowick Korean War Veterans



Middle School Students meet Korean Veterans

Residents of the city of Willowick paid a visit to Willowick Middle School students on June 2. These were not any ordinary citizens — these were Korean War veterans who were willing to spend time talking with the students about their experiences in Korea during what is now referred to as the “Forgotten War.”
Linda McKee, a teacher at Willowick Middle School, did the organizing and veterans who attended were Charles Albert Jr., Richard Avenmarg, Michael Carroll, Chet Cutshall, Edward Kalich, Kenneth Kleinhenz, Richard Kliever, Dick Shaeffer, Anthony Taddeo and Edward VanBergen.
The hardbound book “Korea Reborn” is a beautiful tribute to all of the men and women who served to keep Korea free. Veterans of the war can receive a free copy of the book by contacting a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Young Marines looking 
for staff members
The Greater Lake County Young Marines group is looking for additional staff members. A few staff positions are available and need to be filled. If you enjoy working with kids and want to help mold the future leaders of America, we need you. Prior service in any branch of the military is preferred, but is not necessary. Female volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.
If you are interested, download an application at www.glcyoungmarines.org. A background check and references are required as part of the application process.
For more details, emailxo@glcyoungmarines.org.

Ladies Auxiliary to host 
rummage sale
The Ladies Auxiliary Annual Rummage Sale will be June 19 and 20 at the Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon. There will be an eclectic mix of goodies and a bake sale on site. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call Kristin at 440-567-0748 or Loretta at 440-834-1753.

AMVETS offering free membership
AMVETS Perry Post 1971, Eastlake Post 946, and Willoughby Post 942 are offering free membership to any veteran who signs up between June 26 and July 7. For details, call the post at 440-259-5131.

Military Night at Captains game
Military Night with the Lake County Captains will be 7 p.m. June 21 against the South Bend Silver Hawks. The night is open to current military and veterans. Rolling Thunder will be a large part of the evening festivities, handling the dedication of the POW/MIA chair. Riders will meet near the American flag located on the northwest corner outside of Classic Park in Eastlake. Those participating in the on-field procession should be there by 6 p.m., entering the field at approximately 6:15 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game. For discounted tickets, call 440-975-8085, ext. 116.

Junior girls to host car wash
The Junior Girls Unit of VFW 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a car wash and bake sale from 1 to 3 p.m. June 28 at the post home. All are welcome. For details, call Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Swiss steak on menu 
at Willoughby Hills VFW
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. June 29 at the post home. Dinners are $9 per dinner. For information or tickets, call the post at 440-944-1642 or Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903.

Rotary motorcycle run 
in Geauga County
Burton-Middlefield Rotary will sponsor an escorted motorcycle run on June 29 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.
The ride will be led by Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland with his dog Midge. The sheriff will take the participants on a 55-mile ride through Geauga County. Cost is $25 per motorcycle, which includes a rider for free.
The ride will benefit Burton-Middlefield Rotary Veterans Housing and Assistance Fund. To date, the Rotary Club has raised more than $100,000 for Geauga County veterans through various projects, including the Geauga County Veterans Memorial, Giant Eagle gift cards for veterans, housing for veterans, and assistance for veterans with heating oil this past winter.
Registration forms are available online at bmrmotorcyclerun.com or register the day of the ride starting at 8 a.m.

Air show salutes Korean War
Gathering of Eagles XVIII Air Show will be July 19 and 20, at Lost Nation Airport, 1969 Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. This year, the show will feature “Korea — the Forgotten War” with many war birds from that era.
In addition, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be there to inform veterans of benefits they may be entitled to, so interested veterans are asked to bring their DD214 (discharge papers) for assistance.
Tickets for the show are $13 per person, $25 for couples, and children ages 4 to 12 years of age will be admitted for $7. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20.
Proceeds from the show benefit the restoration of the last known restorable-to-flight B-29 “Doc.”

Gunny’s Hall open for lunch
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 special offered.
For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

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, June 11, 2014

Flag Day, a day to be proud

I am looking forward to Flag Day. Why? Because after 12 years in the house, we have a flagpole without a weather vane and a new flag flying proudly.
The pole was put up by my grandfather sometime in the 1950s and he saw fit to top it off with a weather vane, complete with a swiveling arrow. The arrow was famous for shredding flags into long strips and twisting them into a nasty knot several feet off the ground.
After the last one got shredded and twisted, I found a steeplejack who would come to the house, take the weather vane off the top of the pole, install a nice ball in its place and run new line. Deal!
Once completed, only two flags have ended up in flag retirement ceremonies and those had become weather worn.
Just to be safe and keep an eye on that weather vane, I planted it in a flower garden on the opposite side of the house.
June 14 is a celebration of the Stars and Stripes, our national flag. The day was not officially established until President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation on May 30, 1916, almost 30 years after the first observances in Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania had taken place.
President Harry Truman made the day official when he signed an Act of Congress in 1949, making June 14 the official birthday of our flag.

Flags to be retired
American Legion Post 678 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 will host a flag retirement ceremony at the Boulevard of Flags, 35150 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake, at 11 a.m. June 14. The public is invited to the ceremony.

Newbury hosts fifth annual steak roast
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host its fifth annual steak roast in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 4 to 7 p.m. June 14.
Tickets for the roast are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The dinner will include a 50/50. For tickets or more information, call 440-635-6390 or 440-834-1159.

Madison Legion hosts flea market
Madison Post 112, at Middle Ridge Road and Route 528 in Madison, will host a flea market beginning at 9 a.m. June 14.
Lunch will be available. All money raised will benefit Veterans helping Veterans. For details, call 440-724-6871.

Father’s Day breakfasts
n VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a Father’s Day breakfast buffet from 10 a.m. to noon June 15. The buffet is open to the public. For information, call the post home at 440-942-3980.
n Blue Star Mothers Geneva Chapter 57 will host a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 at Geneva VFW Post 76 on Depot Street in Geneva. Tickets will be available at the door.
n Madison VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison, will host a sausage gravy, biscuit, potatoes, eggs, coffee and juice breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon June 15, at the post home. Adult breakfast will be $5 and children ages 10 and younger will eat for $3.50. For details, call the post home at 440-428-3050.
n VFW Post 2595 Ladies Auxiliary, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a Father’s Day breakfast, beginning at 9 a.m. June 15, at the post home. For details, call 440-354-9090.

Chardon VFW Auxiliary to host sale
The Ladies Auxiliary Annual Rummage Sale will be June 19 and 20 at VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon. There will be an eclectic mix of goodies and a bake sale on site. Donations will be accepted. For more details, Call Kristin at 440-567-0748 or Loretta at 440-834-1753.

Military night with the Captains
Military Night with the Lake County Captains will be 7 p.m. June 21 against the South Bend Silver Hawks. The night is open to current military and veterans.
Rolling Thunder will be a large part of the evening festivities. Riders will meet near the American flag located on the northwest corner outside the stadium. Those participating in the on-field procession should be there by 6 p.m., entering the field at approximately 6:15 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game. For discounted tickets, call 440-975-8085 ext. 116.

Veterans job fair in Cleveland
A free military hiring fair sponsored by Hiring our Heroes-Cleveland will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 at Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave. in Cleveland. To register, visit hiringourheroes.org/cleveland.

Willoughby Hills auxiliary hosts Swiss steak dinner
Willoughby Hills VFW 4358 Ladies Auxiliary, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. June 29 at the post home. Dinners are $9 per dinner.
For information or tickets, call the post at 440-944-1642 or Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903.

Rotary to host motorcycle run
Burton-Middlefield Rotary will sponsor an escorted motorcycle run on June 29 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton beginning at 10 a.m.
The ride will be led by Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland with his dog Midge. The sheriff will take the participants on a 55-mile ride through Geauga County. Cost is $25 per motorcycle, which includes a rider for free.
The ride will benefit the Burton-Middlefield Rotary Veterans Housing and Assistance Fund. To date, the Rotary Club has raised more than $100,000 for Geauga County veterans through various projects, including the Geauga County Veterans Memorial, housing for veterans and Giant Eagle gift cards for veterans, along with providing heating-oil assistance to veterans this past winter.
Registration forms are available online, while registration the day of the ride will begin at 8 a.m.

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