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Thursday, April 25, 2013

11th annual Rally for the Troops on Sunday

The 11th annual Rally for the Troops will be Sunday at Cleveland Public Square. The rally will be directly in front of the Terminal Tower in the southwest quadrant.
The purpose of the event is to honor Ohio’s fallen heroes, all veterans and their families for the many sacrifices made in defense of our country. This annual event takes place rain or shine and you do not have to arrive by motorcycle to be a part of the rally. A reading of the names of Ohio’s fallen from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom will end the ceremonies.
The Lake County staging point will be at Western Reserve Harley Davidson in Mentor. In case of bad weather, please come by car to express support for our troops, our veterans and the Gold Star families.
A post-rally event is planned from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. that will include food and entertainment at Cleveland Harley-Davidson, 14550 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland. For details, call John “Kiks” Kikol at 440-263-8121 or email to
Auxiliary to serve cabbage rolls
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a cabbage roll dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the post home. Cost is $8 a person. For details, call 440-357-7711.
AMVETS District 20 reverse raffle
AMVETS District 20 will host a reverse raffle Saturday at Mentor-on-the-Lake Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake. The dinner is $25 a person and includes one big board ticket. There also will be side boards, music and a cash bar. For details or ticket information, call 440-463-3452 or 440-521-7235. The event is open to the public and proceeds will benefit AMVETS veteran projects.
Pasta dinner to
benefit Wounded Warrior

Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a benefit pasta dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday. Doors will open at 2 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 5. Tickets are $15 per person. The event includes side boards and a 50/50 raffle. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.
Breakfast buffet before
Louie Run at Post 336

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a Louie Run breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to noon May 5 at the post home. Cost of the breakfast is $5 a person. For details, call the post at 440-357-7711.
Euclid Auxiliary walks
for Fisher House

Euclid American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 343 will host a Walk for Fisher House on May 11 at the Euclid Sparky DiBiasio Stadium.
Walkers may register for $20 and are encouraged to collect sponsor donations. For details or registration, call Karen Kilkenney at 216-407-1286 or email
Mother’s Day breakfast
at Eastlake VFW

Eastlake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863, at 33641 Vine St., will serve a Mother’s Day breakfast from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 12 at the post home. Breakfast is $5 a person and mothers eat free.
For details, call the post home at 440-942-3980.
DAV Chapter 42 hosts
Run for the River

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42, Lake County will host the sixth annual Run for the River.
The 70-mile run will begin at Western Reserve Harley Davidson, 8567 Tyler Blvd. in Mentor, and end at The Wagon Wheel, 1388 Hubbard Road in Madison. Staging will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and bikes will pull out at 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 a bike in advance and $10 the day of the run.
All proceeds raised will benefit Fisher House and DAV Chapter 42. For tickets, call Mandi at 440-382-6818.
Geauga County World War II
veterans wanted

Geauga County Historical Society is attempting to identify all current Geauga County residents who are World War II veterans.
The Historical Society will be hosting a tribute dinner for the veterans on May 25 at Century Village Museum’s Bond Building. The dinner is part of a major weekend-long event to commemorate the World War II era.
If someone you know is a veteran of World War II and a resident of Geauga County, contact the Geauga County Historical Society and Century Village Museum office at 440-834-1492 or email
Flag Day June 14
Flag Day is June 14, and members of Jay Wilson Post 112 of the American Legion remind everyone that if your U.S. flag is worn out, torn, or faded beyond proper use, drop it off at the post home, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison. There is a drop box painted red, white and blue for fast and hassle-free drop off from your vehicle.
Post members will present a public flag retirement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. June 11. For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893.
Annual Burton Rotary
Motorcycle Run June 20

The eighth annual Burton Middlefield Rotary Motorcycle Run to raise funds for local veterans will be June 20 beginning at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 N. Cheshire St. Burton Township. The ride will be led by Sheriff Dan McClelland and his dog, Midge. Registration and sponsorship information can be found at
Chardon VFW
to host rummage sale

Chardon VFW Post 6519 at 752 Water St. will host a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 and 22 at the post home. No furniture or clothing will be available. For details, call the post home at 440-285-3699.

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