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Thursday, October 18, 2012

November brings veterans holidays

November is just around the corner, bringing with it Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday.
The Marine Corps birthday is Nov. 10; Marines in the area celebrate with a Birthday Ball. Marine Corps League detachments in Mentor and Ashtabula both have events scheduled.

 The Mentor detachment will host its ball from 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 3 at Dino’s Restaurant, 4145 Chillicothe Road, in Willoughby.
Tickets for the semiformal dinner dance are $45 per person (eight people per table) Tickets are available at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, or call 440-974-9380 for details. Reservation deadline is Oct. 29.

 The Ashtabula detachment will host its Birthday Ball a week later on Nov. 10 at the Eagles Hall on South Spruce Street in Jefferson.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. I have never quite understood how we can honor our nation’s veterans but at the same time not all of the nation’s veterans get the day off? Let every honorably discharged veteran have the day off. It is the least we as a nation can do to say thank you.

Forty and Eight seeks new members
The Forty and Eight is welcoming new members to the group. If you are an honorably discharged veteran of any branch of service, you may be eligible to join the Forty and Eight. For details about the group and its mission, call Joseph Milmont at 440-275-1249; Bill Smith at 440-585-9682 or Amos Bartrug at 440-812-3396.

Burton Legion hosts chili and soup dinner
American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host an all-you-can-eat chili and soup dinner with corn bread at the post home 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger. For details, call 440-479-0297.

Painesville Auxiliary to host breakfast
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595 Ladies Auxiliary will host a breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday at the post home, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville. For details, call 440-354-9090.

Annual clambake at Chardon post
Chardon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host its annual clambake from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the post home. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for extra clams. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Saturday. For details, call 440-285-3699.

Benefit dinners for Honor Flight
 Friends of Honor Flight Cleveland will host a dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the post home, 7604 Lake Road E. 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. Saturday, 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.

Eastlake VFW hosts 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.

Workshop to help explain benefits 
The Lake County Council on Aging will present a Wednesday 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 on Aging office at 440-205-8111 or email

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