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Thursday, September 26, 2013

New veteran ID card a real keeper

Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich and Geauga County Veterans Service Commission will be helping to make obtaining veterans benefits a little bit easier.
The new Geauga County Veterans I.D. Card program will kick off 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, at the Recorder’s Office, 231 Main St. in Chardon.
Veterans Service officers will be available to answer questions about veterans benefits and to help a veteran obtain a certified copy of their DD-214.
Enjoy hot coffee and doughnuts, while you are waiting for the I.D. card and ask questions of the Veterans Service Officers about benefits you may have earned while serving your country.
The cost of the card is $1 and will be made while you wait. A veteran will need an original DD-214 and two forms of identification. If the DD-214 is already on file with the Recorder’s Office all that is needed is the I.D.
The card is about the same size as a driver’s license and will make proving an honorable discharge easier, this on going program will be available for veterans anytime during business hours. Many stores and restaurants offer discounts to veterans if the discount is requested, and this will help make it easier to obtain those.
For details about the Geauga County Veterans Card, call 440-279-2020.
If you are a local establishment that offers discounts to veterans, send the details to the Staff of At Ease at, we can include them at a later date.

Sub Zero Mission
wants to stuff the bus

The Crossroads Plaza Fair and Sub Zero Mission are sponsoring Stuff the Bus, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at 34500 Euclid Ave. in Willoughby. Gently used adult men and women’s coats, sleeping bags, sweatshirts, fleece, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and New socks are needed to help the sheltered and unsheltered homeless this winter. One-fifth of homeless are veterans.
Sub Zero Mission is dedicated to the idea that “Nobody Should Freeze to Death in America”

Tri-C military friendly school for fifth year
G.I. Jobs has named Cuyahoga Community College a Military Friendly School for 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that Tri-C has ranked in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that demonstrate strong efforts in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students.

Fairport fish fry open to all
VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, hosts fish fry dinners every second and fourth Friday of the month. Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinners from 4 to 7 p.m.
The public is welcome. For details, call the post at 440-352-1123.

benefits hospice

The annual Rock-A-Thon in front of the Perry AMVETS Post 1971, 4129 Main St. in Perry, will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The rockers will rock to raise money for Hospice of the Western Reserve.
This will be the 17th year that the Ladies Auxiliary of the Post has rocked to raise money for the hospice. The Rock-A-Thon has raised nearly $60,000 in the past 17 years.

Meet Gunny’s Hall
new chef

Meet the Chef Dinner Party at the Col. Justice M. Chambers Det. 555, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor. The party will introduce new Chef Thomas Boothe and will be an evening of fun.
Tickets are by advanced sale only and are $25 each. For tickets, call 440-974-9380.

Auxiliary hosts
spaghetti dinner

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville will host a spaghetti dinner beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday at the post. The public is welcome. For details, call 440-354-9090.

Salad buffet card party
The annual auxiliary salad buffet card party will be 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4, at the American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe.
Tickets are $9 each and may be obtained by calling Lucille Greig at 440-944-9732.

Eastlake post hosts
annual clam bake

The third annual VFW Post 3863 Ladies Auxiliary Clam Bake will be 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, at the post, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake.
Chicken dinner will be $19; steak dinner will be $21 and an extra dozen of clams is $7. For details, call the post at 440-942-3980 or Jera at 440-477-8301.
Tickets must be purchased at the post by today.

Flag Burial Ceremony
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Road in Mentor, will host a flag disposal ceremony at 2 p.m. Oct. 12, at the post home. If you have old American Flags that need to be disposed of drop them off at Post 40 for proper disposal. For details, call the post home at 440-257-5825.

VFW hosts annual
clam bake

Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host the annual clam bake, 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, at the post home. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for extra clams. The event is presale only before Oct. 20. For information or tickets, call 440-285-3699.

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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