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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Backyard bivouacs help USO

Backyard bivouacs are an American tradition during the summer months, so why not make them count? Host the next barbecue for the troops and raise money for the USO at the same time.
Visit and set up a web link to a personal event page. Every dollar raised will benefit programs to support our troops and their families.
The USO will even help out by offering delicious and easy recipes each week at
So fire up the grill, invite some friends, have fun and help the troops at the same time.

All hands wanted on Intrepid deck in August
On Aug. 16, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City will mark the 70th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid, the World War II Essex Class aircraft carrier that is now home to a museum.
The Intrepid is putting out a coast to coast “all call” for former crew members who will be reunited in a special Homecoming Weekend Aug. 16-18.
For details and more information about the weekend, visit

BALD Run rolls out of Painesville Legion
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host the Annual BALD Run (Bikers Aiding Local Diabetes) on Saturday. The run is $15 per person, bike or automobile.
First bike out from the post will be at noon and last bike to the post will be at 5 p.m., with four stops on the run. Breakfast will be served at 10 a.m.
BALD Run Inc. is a nonprofit organization which raises funds for those in the area affected by diabetes and assists them in the management and care of their disease. Tickets are available at Post 336. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Family Fun Event at Geauga Fairgrounds to benefit veterans
The public is invited to a Family Fun Event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 N Cheshire St. in Burton, featuring live music by Switch, motorcycle pulls and drag races, a 50/50 raffle, a food vendor, military vehicles, a special motorcycle and more.
Donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will benefit the newly formed Veterans Housing Fund, a joint project of the Burton-Middlefield Rotary and Geauga Habitat for Humanity. The fund will provide home improvements for Geauga County veterans, including wheelchair ramps, handicap-accessibility for bathrooms, home energy efficiency upgrades, roofing, siding, yard cleanup and more. Burton-Middlefield Rotary will raise funds to provide the materials, and Geauga Habitat for Humanity will provide the labor.
The event marks the conclusion of a 50-mile escorted motorcycle ride through the county which is expected to draw hundreds of riders, led by Sheriff Dan McClelland and Midge. The riders will begin arriving at the fairgrounds at noon, as the event gets underway. The motorcycle pulls and drag races will begin at 1 p.m.  During the event, Geauga Habitat for Humanity will be accepting nominations of veterans in need. All information will be confidential. For more information, visit or

Catholic War Veterans host membership drive
Catholic War Veterans Post 1959 of Lake County will host a membership/poppy drive, 50/50 raffle and TV raffle at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church Festival, July 11-13 and at the Gathering of Eagles event slated for July 13-14 at Lost Nation Airport in Willoughby. For more information, call Second Vice Cmdr. Ken Kirchner at 440-257-2156 or

Reverse raffle at Mentor VFW
Mentor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9295, 8682 Mentor Ave. in Mentor, will host a reverse raffle beginning at 5:30 p.m. July 13 at the post home. The evening will include side boards, a 50/50 drawing, and a $1,000 giveaway. Dinner will be served 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by the drawing at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 donation and all proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. For details, call the post at 440-255-3473 or Bud Spreng at 440-255-2917.

Gathering of Eagles Air Show returns
The Gathering of Eagles XVII Air Show will return to Willoughby Lost Nation Airport, July 13-14. The show will feature aircraft that have protected our freedom and served our country.
This year a Hangar Dance, featuring the Concord Community Band, is noon to 1 p.m. July 13, and the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble performs 1 to 3 p.m. July 14.
Adult admission is $13; juniors ages 4 to 12 years old, $7; and couples, $25. Children under the age of 4 will be admitted free.

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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