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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Save the Bomber Plant

The Willow Run Bomber Plant sits just outside of Detroit and has two months to remain standing.
The Save the Bomber Plant campaign hopes to keep at least a portion of the former General Motors plant alive with the aircraft of the Yankee Air Museum’s flying collection and the museum’s static collection.
The Willow Run Bomber Plant was the workplace of Rosie the Riveter.
The Ypsilanti Township plant was built in 1941 and at the peak of production built one B-24 Liberator bomber an hour. Women who joined the work force during the war were the majority of the 40,000 workers at the 332-acre plant.
Following the war, it became a GM power train manufacturing plant and operated for 50 years before closing in 2010.
Efforts to save a portion of the plant as the new home for the Yankee Air Museum already have raised just over half of the $8 million needed to obtain a portion of the plant for the museum.
The trust overseeing the GM bankruptcy has granted a two-month extension to help raise the necessary funds.
To help Save the Bomber plant, visit 

Sentiments for Soldiers
collecting for holidays

Kirlin’s Hallmark store at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor is accepting donations to help purchase boxes of Christmas and holiday cards for the troops.
The assorted boxes regularly retail for $9.99, but will be sold for a $5 tax-free donation when purchased for Sentiments for soldiers now through Aug. 31.
For details about the program, visit

Sampson Air Force Base reunion
The 24th annual reunion of Sampson Air Force Base veterans will be Sept. 22-25 at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Hudson. The three-day event will include day trips and dinners.
For details about the reunion, call Walt Steesy at 607-532-4204 or email

Blue Star museum in Lake
The Lake County History Center will again be a Blue Star Museum from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All active military with up to five immediate family members (spouse and child) and the proper identification will be admitted at no charge. For details, call 440-639-2945, ext. 14, or email

Korean War veterans wanted
Korean War veterans and Korean service veterans are encouraged to consider a membership with the Korean War Veterans Association.
The group meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1056, 580 E. 200th St. in Euclid.
For membership information, visit or call the national membership office at 217-345-4414.

Quilts part of D-Day weekend
Conneaut Quilters Guild will sponsor a vintage World War II quilt show Friday and Saturday at the D-Day Conneaut event. Sue Reich, a national authority on quilts of the era, will bring 40 vintage quilts from 1941 to 1945 with patriotic and military themes.
The quilt display will be part of the annual D-Day re-enactment in Conneaut. For more information, visit or

Annual steak roast Saturday
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host its annual steak roast from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the post home. Tickets are $17 per person in advance and available from any post member. Tickets are $21 per person at the door. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Legion Riders host panty run
American Legion Riders of Post 112 will host a panty/poker run Saturday, with the first bike out at noon.
Sign-ups will begin at 11 a.m.
Tickets are $10 for riders and $5 for passengers. Cost of an extra card will be $5 and the last bike in will be at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a meal served at the end of the run.
Proceeds from the run will benefit the Forbes House in Painesville. Donations of new undergarments for women and children will be accepted.
Please come and enjoy the day and the ride while supporting a worthy cause.

Veterans dinner a family affair
A Veterans Hospitality Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland. The dinner and dessert are free, and families are welcome. This is a family event to bring area veterans together in appreciation of their service.
Register in advance at to assure adequate food and staff.

Wags 4 Warriors golf outing
Red Mill Miniature Golf Charity Outing, with proceeds to benefit Wags 4 Warriors, will be 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the course, 4243 Red Mill Valley Road in Perry.
Hole sponsorships are available for $10 per hole and may be obtained by calling Joyce or Bob at 440-259-4211.
The entry fee for golfers is $5 and the evening include entertainer Tom Todd from 7 to 8 p.m. Putt for prizes, enjoy a cookout and more.

Sub Zero Mission
golfs for warmth

The second annual Sub Zero Mission Charity Golf Outing will be 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Madison Country Club, 6131 Chapel Road in Madison.
The format will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start, four-person scramble with range balls included. Individual and team prizes will be awarded.
For tickets and information call Del Bethel at 440-286-1387 or 440-622-4157 or email to

Cornhole tournament scheduled
Col. J.M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a cornhole tournament fundraiser beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Gunny’s Hall.
The tournament is open to the public and is $10 per person to enter. ($5 fundraiser and $5 tournament) To register in advance or for details, call 440-974-9380.

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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