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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rolling Thunder had busy week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eastlake memorial gets cleanup detail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Special birthday surprise for special veteran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newbury Legion hosts BBQ chicken dinner
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host a barbecue chicken dinner in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15.
Dinners are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Barbecue chicken dinners are half price for those ages 12 and younger, or they receive a free hot dog dinner. An adult egg hunt scramble will begin at 7 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. Call 440-635-6390 or 440-269-3184 for information about the event.

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Businessman hopes to honor veterans

The space above Arabica in Willoughby eventually will become a Freedom Hall or Liberty Hall if owner Kenny Godnavec has his way. The empty rooms echo history, the long windows reminiscent of a time past.
But to achieve the concept that Godnavec has in mind, he needs the community’s help. The second floor of the building that houses the Arabica Coffee House stands at 4148 Erie St. and Godnavec hopes the upper level will become a hall full of photos honoring military personnel who are currently serving or have served.
“I appreciate what the veterans have done,” Godnavec said. “It is one group we should be honoring.”
His father was an Army veteran of World War II and never really talked about his experiences while overseas. Godnavec is asking that families honor their loved ones by submitting a photograph, a small story about the veteran and mementos, if they wish.
“They will all be displayed,” Godnavec said. “It is time we stand up and honor these people.”
He eventually hopes to open the upper floor of the building to families with children, so the young can learn what the veterans have done to protect the rights we all cherish.
“It’s a labor of love and I will take my time,” Godnavec said.
Those who would like to submit a photo of a loved one can scan and email photos with a short story and Godnavec will frame them. Email information to kennygodnavec@yahoo.com; photos and stories can be dropped off or mailed to the Arabica to the attention of Kenny Godnavec, 4148 Erie St., Willoughby, OH 44094; or call him direct at 440-749-3423.

Movie ‘Memphis Belle’ lands at Lakefront
The Liberty Foundation 2014 Salute to Veterans tour will arrive at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland on Aug. 4. On display will be the “Memphis Belle” — a restored B-17 that portrayed the original “flying fortress” in a 1990 movie.
The aircraft will be open to the public and available for flights and ground tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. Public flights will begin in the morning and ground tours will be in the afternoon.
This is only one of 13 B-17s that still fly today. A B-17 flight experience takes 45 minutes with approximately 30 minutes in flight. B-17 flights are $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for nonmembers. Passengers can become foundation members for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends.

Eastlake VFW hosts garage sale
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a garage sale from 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.

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

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

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

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. The event offers free parking and shuttles. For details, visit www.ddayohio.us.
Willoughby post offers fish fry dinners
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.

Academy parents seek sponsors
The Northeast Ohio Air Force Academy Parents Association, a volunteer, tax-exempt organization, will be hosting this year’s 37th Annual All Service Academy Ball for Northeast Ohio.
The ball honors Northeast Ohio’s young men and women who are serving our nation and attending one of the five service academies. This ball will host an anticipated 50 cadets and midshipmen with their escorts at the MAPS (Museum of Aviation Preservation Society) in North Canton on Dec. 27.
Companies are asked to help deliver a memorable evening by providing support in the form of a cash donation or by donating goods or services. For details, please contact Traci Hill at 724-699-5523 or at traci.hill@yahoo.com.

AMVETS feature patty melts on menu
AMVETS Post 109, Sons of AMVETS, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake will serve patty melts on Aug. 1 between 5 and 8 p.m. at the post home.
Several choices of patty melts will be available and will include fresh cut garlic fries. 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 24, 2014

Veteran events offer something for everyone

The summer is flying by and there is so much going on at each of the posts and detachments that a person could stay busy seven days a week.
This weekend is jammed with post garage sales, car shows and the ever-present meals. Each event aims to benefit a veterans-related charity or organization.
Take a look at the following events, and I bet you can find something of interest to attend this weekend.

Rolling Thunder hosts annual veterans picnic
Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 will host a picnic at the Louis Stokes Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland beginning at 1 p.m. July 26.
The picnic will include traditional picnic fare: potato salad, chips, baked beans, pastries and pop. With the help of volunteers and other organizations, the event for the veterans at Wade Park is great fun.
Entertainment for the veterans this year will be provided by the band Posse. This annual event is for all of the patients in the veterans hospital.

Legion 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 through 26 at the post home. Space is available in the pavilion and out 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.

Steak roast offers membership deal
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host a steak roast and membership drive from 5 to 8 p.m. July 25 at the post home. Tickets are $15 per person and 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 Heroes Fund. For details, call 440-951-9233.

Meat and Cheese raffle at Newbury Legion
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 in Newbury Township.
The raffle will continue until all of the fresh beef, pork, cheese and smokies are gone. There will be a raffle every 10 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.

Legion Post 807 hosts pancake breakfast
Andy Nowacki American Legion Post 807 at Lake Erie College will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at its sister post, Brakeman-King Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. Breakfast will be $5 and tickets will be available at the door. A raffle also will be a part of the fun. All proceeds from the breakfast benefit Boys State.
For more information, email legionpost@lec.edu or call post Commander Bill Dittebrand at 440-897-8014.

Euclid Vets second annual Classic Car Show
Euclid Vets Association will host its 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. in Euclid, 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.

Eastlake VFW hosts garage sale
VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a garage sale from 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.

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

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

Gunny’s Hall offers 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.

Academy Parents seek donations
The Northeast Ohio Air Force Academy Parents Association, a volunteer, tax-exempt organization, will be hosting this year’s 37th annual All Service Academy Ball for Northeast Ohio.
The ball is an annual event to honor Northeast Ohio’s young men and women who are serving our nation and attending one of the five service academies. This ball will host an anticipated 50 cadets and midshipmen with their escorts at the Museum of Aviation Preservation Society in North Canton on Dec. 27.
Companies are asked to help deliver a memorable evening by providing support in the form of a cash donation or by donating goods or services. For details, please contact Traci Hill at 724-699-5523 or at traci.hill@yahoo.com.

Patty melts on AMVETS menu
AMVETS Post 109, Sons of AMVETS, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will serve patty melts July 25 and Aug. 1 between 5 and 8 p.m. at the post home. Several choices of patty melts will be available and will include fresh-cut garlic fries. 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.

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.

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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.

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