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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner a December tradition

I am not sure where this month has gone, but November has just flown by. December will begin with the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave. in Painesville Township.
The event is a tradition for some who have attended since it was first organized in 1965. The Pearl Harbor Remembrance dinner is a local effort to “Remember Pearl Harbor” and the Japanese attack that launched America into World War II. The dinner honors both the living survivors and those who were killed during the attack.
After the death of Hellriegel’s owner Bill Kochevar in 1995, the Remembrance dinner was discontinued. After Army veterans Albert DiIorio and Silvio Trifiletti purchased the inn, they began the dinners again in December 2000.
The rules have been relaxed and now anyone is welcome to attend the event in uniform or not. To reserve a seat for the annual tradition or for more information, call Hellriegel’s Inn at 440-354-9530.

Pearl Harbor Day event in Burton
Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459 will host a Pearl Harbor Day Service at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Burton Village Square Gazebo. The public is encouraged to attend. For details, call 440-834-8765.

Pearl Harbor Day event in Willowick
American Legion Post 678 and Eastlake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 will co-host a ceremony in honor of Pearl Harbor Day at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 inside Eastlake City Hall Council Chambers.
The public is invited to attend.

Football party at Painesville Post
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a football game party beginning at noon Saturday at the post home. Come in for the Ohio State vs. Michigan game. Comes as the best dressed or spirited OSU fan and win $25. Food and raffles also will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary Adopt a Family Program. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Elementary students hope to stuff the bus
Sub Zero Mission will team with Heritage Middle School, 135 Cedarbrook Drive in Painesville, to Stuff the Bus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the school.
Donations of gently used or new adult men’s and women’s coats, sleeping bags, tents, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, fleeces, sweatshirts and hoodies will help with Sub Zero’s mission: “Nobody should freeze to death in America.”
Sub Zero Mission will distribute the items directly to the homeless and financially destitute with a concentration on America’s homeless veterans.
For details email

Fundraiser for Boulevard of Flags in February
Boulevard of 500 Flags will host a fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple. Tickets are available at Eastlake City Hall or by calling Ed Doherty at 440-796-5047; Dennis Morley at 440-951-3934 or Joe D’Ambrosio at 440-946-4861.

Bonus deadline nears
Ohio veterans who served during the Persian Gulf War have until Dec. 31 to apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus and receive the thank you for their service awarded them by Ohio’s citizens.
The bonus continues for veterans of the Iraq War, who have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply. No deadline has been announced for veterans of the Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001.
For details call toll free 877-OHIOVET, option 2; or visit

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