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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Learn about Flags for First-Graders

Flags for First Graders teaches first-grade students the importance, etiquette and history of the American flag.
Volunteers from 40/8, an independent fraternal organization of veterans, appear at elementary schools by invitation and present the short lesson.
The program concludes with the first-graders receiving a small flag of their own and a coloring book that reflects what they have learned.
Made possible through donations, the presentations are about 20 minutes long and allow for the students to participate while learning.
For details, call Joe Milmont at 440-275-1296.
Sequestration causes

The United States Air Force Band has canceled performances for the spring 2013 season, including the performance scheduled for April 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium Concert Hall in Youngstown.
The tours scheduled to take place in April would have been at various locations throughout the northeastern United States.
For questions about the cancellation, call Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office at 330-259-0555.
Rolling Thunder appears
at Piston Power

Rolling Thunder, Ohio Chapter 1 will be at the Piston Power show at the I-X Center in Cleveland Friday through Sunday. Their mission is to have a full accounting of our nation’s POWs and MIAs
Rolling Thunder volunteers will be collecting donations for the Wounded Warrior Ohio Monument that will be place at Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137. The volunteers also will be gathering signatures for the POW/MIA Ohio specialty license plates.
Rolling Thunder also will offer military specialty products including pins, patches and shirts for purchase.
Please visit and witness the Missing Man Table ceremony that will be performed several times each day.
For details, call 440-655-1501.
Fairport Ladies
host Lenten breakfast

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will host Lenten breakfasts from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday and March 24 at the post. Cost is $6.
For details, call 440-352-1123.
Men’s Auxiliary hosts breakfast
The Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison Township, will host a sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast with potatoes, eggs, coffee and juice from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the post home. Adult breakfast will be $5 and breakfast for the children will be $3.50. All are welcome.
Call 440-428-3050.
Veterans Informational
Seminar in Chardon

Geauga County Veterans Services presents a 2013 Veterans Informational Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Geauga County Department on Aging, 12555 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon.
All veterans, active-duty service members and dependents are welcome.
Please bring records showing military status and résumé if requesting assistance in seeking employment.
For details, call 440-729-1860.
Burton Legion
hosts pancake breakfast

American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 7 at the post home.
For details, call 440-343-1478.
Reverse raffle at St. Vitus
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. The event also includes dinner and an open bar.
Cost for the main board tickets are $60, with additional dinner tickets for only $20. Consolation prizes and side boards also will be available.
Call Mike Blau for tickets and details at 440-954-1426.
Walk for Fisher House scheduled
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 343 of Euclid will sponsor a Walk for Fisher House on May 11 at Euclid High School’s Sparky DiBiasio Stadium.
The event will consist of a one-mile walk, a wellness clinic and representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Fisher House to answer questions about benefits.
For details, call 216-531-5344 after 3 p.m. or email
Greater Cleveland Fisher House will provide free housing for families of hospitalized veterans. An integral part of a veterans healing is having their families nearby.

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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