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Friday, November 2, 2012

AMVETS rocks way to donation

AMVETS Post 1971 in Perry has done it again. It has rocked its way to another $1,500 for the benefit of Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Each year for the past 17 years, rocking chairs have been placed in front of the post home, 4129 Main St. in Perry, and donations are accepted by the rockers. The post has donated a total of $48,000 to hospice in the 17 years of the Rock-a-Thon.
There were 18 rockers in front of the post home and two were at the Perry IGA for this year’s Rock-a-Thon. Those participating in the rocking were from AMVETS Post 109; Ladies Auxiliary of Post 109 and the president of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary from Post 22 in Vermilion.

Auxiliary Unit 214 to be honored
Each year, the Willoughby Rotary Club honors a distinguished citizen and civic organization. This year, the Ladies Auxiliary Unit of Palmer-Roberts Post 214 of Willoughby will be honored as the distinguished civic organization. The luncheon will be Jan. 28 at Pine Ridge Country Club.

Special Armistice Day
radio show

In honor of the first Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, Tom Swope’s “LEGACIES” radio show at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 on WELW-AM 1330 will feature an interview with Marine Arthur Keller, including his memories of the final day of World War I. Keller was 75 years old at the time the interview was done by his daughter, Joyce Keller, in 1974.
Swope has done more than 450 interviews for the Veterans History Project for The Library of Congress.
His book “LEGACIES: Stories from the Second World War” was selected by The Veterans History Project as one of the featured books at the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Eastlake post to host breakfast
Eastlake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will serve a breakfast buffet, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the post home. Donation is $5 per person. For details, call 440-942-3980.

Council on Aging
salutes veterans

The Lake County Council on Aging will present a Wednesday workshop to salute veterans beginning 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

Dinner benefits
Honor Flight veterans

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.

Book sale to fly Nov. 10
The International Women’s Air and Space Museum will host its annual book sale and pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. A pancakes and sausage breakfast will be served. The breakfast donation is $5. For details, call 216-632-1111 or online at

Catholic War Veterans collect
for USO

The Catholic War Veterans Post 1959 of Lake County will host a USO Care Package Event for the troops in Afghanistan at all the masses at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 7575 Bellflower Road in Mentor, the first two weekends in November.
The Catholic War Veterans Post 1959 Membership Poppy Drive will be Nov. 10 and 11, at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Road in Concord Township For more information on either event, call Second Vice Cmdr. Ken Kirchner at 440-257-2156.

Burton Legion post
serves chili and soup

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of the American Legion, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host an all-you-can-eat chili and soup dinner free to all veterans from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, at the post home. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Burton post inviting
new members

The American Legion Junior Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion of Burton-Middlefield Post 459, Atwood-Mauck, are accepting new members. Those eligible will be 18 years of age and younger, and be the daughter, granddaughter or sister of a current Legion member. For details, call Laurie Wood at 571-278-2037.
The Sons of the American Legion are all male descendants — sons, grandsons or brothers — of a veteran.
For details about the SALs, call Charles Boehnlein at 440-834-1191 or Ron Laurent at 440-343-1478. 

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