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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lenten events always signal spring, Easter

Spring is here, then again maybe not, but Easter is only a few weeks away.
Fish lunches and dinners are being served at many of the posts, as are pancake breakfasts. If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of these great meals, make it a priority for the weekend.
With spring comes motorcycle season, and the start of motorcycle runs. One of the first of the season is the large gathering on Public Square in Cleveland to support the troops. This event is for everyone with or without a motorcycle. The 12th annual Rally for the Troops will begin on Public Square in Cleveland at 11 a.m. April 27. There is no cost to attend the event.

Free book big hit
“Korea Reborn,” a free book for Korean War veterans and their families, has been a big hit at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9295 in Mentor. Cmdr. Bud Spreng reports that more than 150 copies have been distributed and more have been reserved. To receive a free copy, call the post at 440-255-3473.

Willowick Korean War veterans wanted
Korean War veterans residing in Willowick are wanted. Veterans of the Korean War are asked to contact the mayor’s office for a special day with students of Willowick Middle School.
Discussions with eighth-graders will be a part of the event, along with a breakfast at the school. The date has yet to be announced. Call the mayor’s office at 440-585-3700 to volunteer for this educational morning.

Honor Flight taking applications
World War II veterans who would like to go to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial at no cost to the veteran are urged to call Honor Flight Cleveland at 440-639-9368.
The trips will begin May 21 and continue until November. Applications need to be sent to Honor Flight Cleveland, 37 Levan Drive, Painesville, OH 44077.
If you have a special guardian in mind to travel with you, their application also needs to be sent in as soon as possible. Applications can be found at or by calling 440-639-9368.

Fraternity hosts Fisher House fundraiser
Members of Kappa Sigma Chapter of Lake Erie College will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at First Church of Christ, 422 Mentor Ave. in Painesville.
All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. Fisher House will house families of veterans who may be at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Wade Park.

Catholic War Veterans initiatives
Catholic War Veterans will be hosting a membership and poppy drive after all Masses at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 401 North St. in Chardon, April 5 and 6. To be eligible for membership, a veteran must be a practicing Catholic and an honorably discharged veteran. For details, call Ken Kirchner, second vice commander, at 440-257-2156.

Burton Legion serves up pancake breakfast
American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 6 at the post home. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8765.

Annual Oink and Squeal Party in Burton
The annual Oink and Squeal Party Raffle and Chinese Auction will be hosted by the Burton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 459 at the Burton American Legion Hall, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton on April 12.
The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the raffle begins at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets are $2 each.
Food will be available through the legion kitchen and admission is nonperishable food items, bath items or cash donations for the local food bank.
For details, call the post home at 440-834-8621.

Chinese auction at Painesville post
Tickets are still available for the Chinese auction sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 336. The event will be April 13, at the post home, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, beginning at 1 p.m.
A $5 ticket will include admission, 10 auction tickets, and dessert and coffee. Donations also are being accepted.

Blessing of the Bikes in Willowick
A “Blessing of the Bikes” is slated for noon April 13 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St., Willowick. The parking lot will open at 10:30 a.m. and vendors, food and music will be a part of the event. All proceeds will benefit local veterans. For details, call the post home at 440-440-943-9659.

Volunteers to help vets
Keller Williams Realty will show it cares when volunteers from the company will celebrate Red Day on May 8. Volunteers will put appreciation into action by doing exterior home and yard work for veterans in the area. For details about the event or how you can help, call Mike Schneithorst at 440-728-0024.

Tables available for farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, has a few openings for the annual Community Farmers Market. These spaces are under a pavilion and a table is provided. The market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday from June 21 to Sept. 13. Rental fee is $5 a day.
Acceptable items are garden produce, fresh baked goods, collectables, curios, antiques and homemade crafts.
For details call 440-567-9061 or email

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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