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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.

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.

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.

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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