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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Help build Fisher House

Greater Cleveland Fisher House will offer free housing for the families of veterans who are in treatment for the physical and psychological wounds of war.
The goal is to break ground for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House by 2013.
There is a very special fundraiser scheduled for Sept. 22 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The event will be a reverse raffle and Chinese auction to benefit construction of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.
While in treatment, a veteran’s family must find living quarters that are affordable and in proximity to the hospital. With an extended stay, these costs could soar into the thousands of dollars.
The government makes no provision for the family to stay nearby their loved one.
Fisher House offers a place to stay close to the treatment center and gives the veteran a supportive family while healing.
The reverse raffle and Chinese auction, which will be open to the public, is $25 per person with food, an open bar and side boards.
The public is welcome to attend and contribute to this worthy cause.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 and the drawing begins at 8:30.
To make a monetary donation or to donate products for the auction, please call 440-352-1123.
Checks should be made payable to Greater Cleveland Fisher House. A tax-deductible receipt will be given for any type of contribution.

Red Mill Charity
Miniature Golf Outing

A golf outing at Red Mill Golf Practice Center to benefit the Wags 4 Warriors is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The outing, which includes 18 holes of miniature golf, is $5 per golfer. Red Mill Golf Practice Center is located at 4243 Red Mill Valley Road in Perry.
All proceeds from the event will go to Wags 4 Warriors, a program that provides service dogs to veterans affected by their combat experience.
The dogs are found at local rescue shelters, trained and matched to veterans at no cost to them.
For details, call 440-259-4211 or email

Buckeye boys, girls
share experience

American Legion Post 697 of Perry, Perry AMVETS Post 1971, Perry Historical Society, Perry High School and Madison American Legion Post 112 sponsored five Perry High School students for Buckeye Boys and Buckeye Girls State.
The five Perry High School students who attended were Katelin Lauria, Christine Jung, Evan Nichols, Caleb Ziamba and Zach Pike.
In an Aug. 13 gathering at Perry United Methodist Church, the students presented a report of their experiences to sponsoring members.
The students shared their experiences and talked about the benefits they received from the weeklong program.

Barbecue ribs at Chardon Post
If you are planning a busy Labor Day and don’t have time to cook, call Chardon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6519 and order ribs to go.
A full slab of ribs is $16 and a half slab is $13. The dinner includes baked beans, potato wedges, coleslaw and dollar beverage.
Deadline to order is Monday by calling 440-285-9804, 440-968-3635 or 440-285-3699. Pickup will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 1.
Tickets are also on sale at the post home, 752 Water St. in Chardon.

Fish fry meals return to Fairport post
VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will again be serving perch dinners on the second and fourth Fridays of the month beginning today.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner 4 to
7 p.m. Shrimp dinners will be available.
For details, call 440-352-1123. The public is welcome.

Junior unit dinner helps
with trip expenses

Junior Girls Unit of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a spaghetti dinner and bake sale, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8, at the post home.
Dinner donation is $6. Funds raised will be used for the junior auxiliary trip to the Statue of Liberty birthday celebration. For details, call Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Sept. 11 remembrance
ceremony in Eastlake

The 11th anniversary observance of the tragic results of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at Eastlake Boulevard of 500 Flags.
The ceremony will be about 45 minutes and will include speakers, and honor guard units from both American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
For details, call John “Kiks” Kikol at 440-263-8121 or email

Painesville VFW hosts remembrance ceremony
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a 9/11 Remembrance and POW/MIA Recognition Program at 6 p.m. Sept. 9.
Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be available after the ceremony.
For details call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Eastlake Auxiliary hosts clambake
VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host its Second Annual Clam Bake from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the post home.
Only 150 tickets will be sold and tickets must be purchased by Sept. 5.
Tickets are $21 for clams and steak; $19 for clams and chicken; and $7 for extra clams. For details and to purchase tickets, call 440-942-3980.

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

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