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Monday, October 29, 2012

Lakeland named Military friendly school

Lakeland Community College in Kirtland has been named a Military Friendly School for the fourth consecutive year by G.I. Jobs magazine.
The college’s inclusion on the list of 2012 Military Friendly Schools was based on criteria such as class flexibility, community
outreach, and veteran support services.
Barbara Mancari serves as the veteran programs coordinator.
She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and a former United States Army officer.
She began the part-time position earlier this year and assists the 270 military veterans currently enrolled at Lakeland.
Terri Dietz is the veterans affairs coordinator and works to process and certify educational benefits for eligible students.
The two collaborate to see that veterans coming to college for the first time or returning to further their education get both the benefits and the support necessary to have a successful college experience.
The Veterans Supporting Veterans group on campus is active in helping veterans to learn to use the leadership skills they learned in the military on campus.
“The group supports veterans and families providing the support and encouragement throughout the educational process,” Mancari said.
Veterans who would like to learn more about available benefits may call 440-525-7246.
“We Can Do Better” tour stops in Mentor
J.C. Watts, former college football quarterback, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Conservative Republican will speak at 4 p.m. at the amphitheater by Mentor High School, Sunday, Oct. 28.
He is a member of the Concerned Veterans for America bus tour titled, “We Can Do Better”
The “We Can Do Better” tour is a ten-day East Coast bus tour (October 19-28) of decorated military veterans traveling through campaign ‘swing states’ prior to Election Day to generate awareness of the mounting challenges facing service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans of all generations.
The bus tour, sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), will allow veterans and voters in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio — and across the nation — to hear directly from leaders in the veterans’ community about critical issues.

Benefits to aid
Honor Flight program

Friends of Honor Flight Cleveland will host a dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the post home, 7604 Lake Road in Madison Township. A performance by the Mathenys will follow dinner. All proceeds from the dinner and concert will benefit Honor Flight Cleveland.
For details, call Claire Jo Turkenburg at 440-428-6194.

A benefit dinner for Honor Flight will be 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake. The dinner also will include a reverse raffle and only 100 tickets will be sold for the event. Tickets are $12 and include dinner and DJ entertainment. Sideboards will be available for $2 and $3.
All proceeds will benefit Honor Flight. For details, call the post at 440-257-9217.

Chardon post hosts
annual clambake

Chardon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host its annual clambake from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the post home. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for extra clams.
For details, call 440-285-3699.

Marines celebrate 237 years
The 237th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, semiformal dinner dance will be 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 3 at Dino’s Restaurant and Banquet Center, 4145 Chillicothe Road in Willoughby. Tickets are $45 per person (eight people per table) Tickets are available at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive, Mentor or call 440-974-9380 for details. Reservation deadline is Monday.

The 237th United States Marine Corps Birthday celebration sponsored by Marine Corps League Detachment 782 will be 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 10 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 133 S. Spruce St. in Jefferson.
Tickets are $45 a couple or $25 for a single. To purchase tickets, call Tom Lucas Jr. at 440-992-5861 or 440-813-3914, or send a check or money order payable to the Marine Corps League and mail to Tom Lucas Jr., 3105 Jefferson Road, Ashtabula, OH 44004.

Eastlake post to serve breakfast
VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will serve a breakfast buffet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the post home. Breakfast donation is $5 per person. For details, call 440-942-3980.

Benefits explained at
Wednesday night workshop

The Lake County Council on Aging will present a workshop to salute veterans at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the council office, 8520 East Ave. in Mentor. The Lake County Veterans Service Office and the Council on Aging will present information about available assistance and programs for men and women who have honorably served their country.
For details or to register, call the council office at 440-205-8111 or email

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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