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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Weather warming up means spring cleanup

The weather should be turning warmer soon and that means one thing, — it will be cleanup time.
The annual spring cleanup work party at the Boulevard of 500 Flags is coming and the committee will need help with putting up the flags and correcting flag pole lanyards. This is a great project for Scout troops to get involved with.
Watch for further details as the weather gets warmer.
At the post level, the land surrounding the various posts will probably need volunteers to clean up winter debris and plant flowers.
Because the term “post home” is often used, cleaning up of the post should not be any different than the clean up around your own home.

Aviation collection needs a home
I received a call from a friend in Austin, Texas, who needs help with finding a home for an aviation collection which belonged to a mutual friend who died at age of 94 in July.
The collection spans the 70 years Richard F. Cooke spent as a pilot. Cooke was a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps, a transport pilot, a civilian instructor at the Chagrin Harbor Airport and a corporate pilot for companies in Florida and Texas.
Contact with museums across the country thus far have not been successful. Cooke was originally from Euclid and lived in Eastlake before moving to Florida. If you have any ideas as to a home for the Cooke collection please contact me with the information.

Ohio CPAs help
active military file taxes

The Ohio Society of CPAs is offering free tax preparation services to Ohio military families this tax season.
Now through April, Ohio Certified Public Accountants will prepare 2012 tax returns for military personnel who are permanent residents of Ohio and currently deployed outside of the state.
To find an Operation CPA volunteer in your area, call The Ohio Society of CPAs toll-free at 888-959-1212 or email

Burton post serves
pancake breakfast

Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of the American Legion, 14052 Goodwin St., Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast at the post home from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24. For details, call 440-343-1478.

Patriot Tour in Cleveland
The Three Deuce Five Marine Foundation presents The Patriot Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cretan Hall, 3853 W. 168th St. in Cleveland.
The evening comedy show with headliner Luca Palanca will begin at 8 p.m. Dinner and cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for the dinner and the show, and a cash bar will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Marines and sailors of the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines-Brook Park, Ohio.
For tickets, call 440-342-0378.

VFW hosts
“Littlest Heroes” event

Willoughby VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will present a spaghetti dinner followed by a performance of Abbey Rodeo beginning at 6 p.m. March 23.
The event will raise funds for “The Littlest Heroes” as well as the VFW National Children’s Home, Cleveland Area VA Hospital Treats and Care Packages for the Troops.
Tickets are $18 per person, and due to advance sales, tickets may not be available day of show. For tickets or details, call the post home at 440-951-9233.
Madison post hosting Lucky Shoots on Saturdays
American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host Lucky Shoots every Saturday through March 16 at the post home. Breakfast for shooters will be $2.50; those not shooting can eat for $5. For details, call the post at 440-428-7893.

Willoughby post has
hall available for rent

VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, has a nice hall available for rent with kitchen facilities and a bar area.
For details, call the post at 440-951-9233 or email

Honor guard available
The American Legion Post 459 of Burton/Middlefield has a military honor guard available to perform full military funeral services. The honor guard is led by Newell Beaumier and is available 24/7 with just a few days’ notice.
For details, call “Bo” at 440-834-8764.

Reverse raffle hosted by
Catholic War Veterans

St. Vitus Post 1655 of the Catholic War Veterans will host a reverse raffle April 16 at the Slovenian National Home, 6409 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland.
Only 175 main board tickets will be sold for a chance at $2,500 in total cash prizes and includes dinner and an open bar. Main board tickets cost $60 with additional dinner tickets for only $20. Consolation prizes and side boards will also be available.
Call Mike Blau for tickets and more details at 440-954-1426.

AMVETS serves
spaghetti on Thursday

AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, hosts a homemade spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. each Thursday. Cost is $7 per person, and the dinner is served with all the trimmings is open to the public. For details, call the post at 440-257-5825.

Breakfast at Gunny’s Hall
Support the Marines who have protected our freedoms and save yourself time over a hot stove on Sunday morning.
Have breakfast at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor. Served every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon, between Labor Day and Memorial Day, the breakfast is $7.50 and is all-you-can-eat. For details, call the post at 440-974-9380.

Auxiliary collecting
warm clothing and blankets

Perry AMVETS Post 1971, Ladies Auxiliary, 4129 Main St. in Perry, is collecting gently worn or new warm clothes and blankets for homeless veterans.
The auxiliary will accept money and make the purchase if you choose to do that. The project will continue throughout the winter months and items may be dropped off at the post home during business hours.
For details, call 440-259-4242.

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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