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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Two of my favorite things

Sewing and history have always fascinated me. In August, the two will come together in the form of a quilt show at the D-Day Conneaut event on Aug.16 and 17.
The Conneaut Quilters guild has arranged for the appearance of Sue Reich, a national authority on World War II quilts. Forty vintage quilts from 1941 to 1945 that all have patriotic or military themes will be the subject of her lecture at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.
The guild has made a patriotic quilt to be raffled and a victory garden cafe will be open for lunch.
Details about the D-Day event are available at and information about the quilts is available at

Mother’s Day
 plant sale at Burton Post

American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a Mother’s Day plant sale from noon to 7 p.m. today; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale will include flats, baskets and pots, and will take place rain or shine.
All proceeds raised will benefit the school scholarship fund. For details, call 440-834-4532.

Walk for Fisher House
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 343 of Euclid will host a Walk for Fisher House on Saturday at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium, 22800 Tracy Ave. in Euclid. 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

Junior girls wash cars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Unit 2595 Junior Girls will host a car wash from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the post home, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville.
The girls are ages 5 through 16 and are the daughters, sisters and granddaughters of men and women eligible to join the VFW. Funds raised will be used in support of veterans, active-duty military, their families and the community, including “Appreciation Baskets for Military Families.”
For details, about the group call Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Take Mom to breakfast
at Eastlake post

VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will serve a Mother’s Day breakfast 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the post home. Breakfast is $5 per person and mothers eat free. For details, call the post home at 440-942-3980.

Rib burn-off benefits USO
The Second Annual Downtown Willoughby Rib Burn-Off will be noon to 8 p.m. May 18, which is Armed Forces Day. Proceeds from the event will benefit USO Northern Ohio. Ribs, beer and wine will be available for purchase, and two stages will provide continuous entertainment. In addition, there will interactive activities provided by the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
Erie Street will be closed during the event.

Run for the River
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42 of Lake County will host the Sixth Annual Run for the River on May 18. 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 9 to 10:30 a.m. and bikes will pull out at 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 per bike in advance and $10 the day of the run. All proceeds 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 veterans of World War II.
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, please contact the Geauga County Historical Society and Century Village Museum office at 440-834-1492 or email

Help stuff the vehicles
Veterans Helping Veterans stuff our vehicles on Memorial Day will be May 27, uptown in Burton or at the open house at American Legion Atwood Mauck Post 459 following the Memorial Day service in the park at 11 a.m.
Items collected will benefit the veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. This event is sponsored by the Burton American Legion Post 459 Auxiliary.
The wish list includes personal care items; covered soap dishes; white socks; white undershirts, underwear in medium to 2-X sizes; puzzle books, books, magazines, candy and gum. For details, call 440-834-0764.

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