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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Middle School Students meet Korean Veterans

Residents of the city of Willowick paid a visit to Willowick Middle School students on June 2. These were not any ordinary citizens — these were Korean War veterans who were willing to spend time talking with the students about their experiences in Korea during what is now referred to as the “Forgotten War.”
Linda McKee, a teacher at Willowick Middle School, did the organizing and veterans who attended were Charles Albert Jr., Richard Avenmarg, Michael Carroll, Chet Cutshall, Edward Kalich, Kenneth Kleinhenz, Richard Kliever, Dick Shaeffer, Anthony Taddeo and Edward VanBergen.
The hardbound book “Korea Reborn” is a beautiful tribute to all of the men and women who served to keep Korea free. Veterans of the war can receive a free copy of the book by contacting a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Young Marines looking 
for staff members
The Greater Lake County Young Marines group is looking for additional staff members. A few staff positions are available and need to be filled. If you enjoy working with kids and want to help mold the future leaders of America, we need you. Prior service in any branch of the military is preferred, but is not necessary. Female volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.
If you are interested, download an application at A background check and references are required as part of the application process.
For more details,

Ladies Auxiliary to host 
rummage sale
The Ladies Auxiliary Annual Rummage Sale will be June 19 and 20 at the Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon. There will be an eclectic mix of goodies and a bake sale on site. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call Kristin at 440-567-0748 or Loretta at 440-834-1753.

AMVETS offering free membership
AMVETS Perry Post 1971, Eastlake Post 946, and Willoughby Post 942 are offering free membership to any veteran who signs up between June 26 and July 7. For details, call the post at 440-259-5131.

Military Night at Captains game
Military Night with the Lake County Captains will be 7 p.m. June 21 against the South Bend Silver Hawks. The night is open to current military and veterans. Rolling Thunder will be a large part of the evening festivities, handling the dedication of the POW/MIA chair. Riders will meet near the American flag located on the northwest corner outside of Classic Park in Eastlake. Those participating in the on-field procession should be there by 6 p.m., entering the field at approximately 6:15 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game. For discounted tickets, call 440-975-8085, ext. 116.

Junior girls to host car wash
The Junior Girls Unit of VFW 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a car wash and bake sale from 1 to 3 p.m. June 28 at the post home. All are welcome. For details, call Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Swiss steak on menu 
at Willoughby Hills VFW
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. June 29 at the post home. Dinners are $9 per dinner. For information or tickets, call the post at 440-944-1642 or Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903.

Rotary motorcycle run 
in Geauga County
Burton-Middlefield Rotary will sponsor an escorted motorcycle run on June 29 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.
The ride will be led by Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland with his dog Midge. The sheriff will take the participants on a 55-mile ride through Geauga County. Cost is $25 per motorcycle, which includes a rider for free.
The ride will benefit Burton-Middlefield Rotary Veterans Housing and Assistance Fund. To date, the Rotary Club has raised more than $100,000 for Geauga County veterans through various projects, including the Geauga County Veterans Memorial, Giant Eagle gift cards for veterans, housing for veterans, and assistance for veterans with heating oil this past winter.
Registration forms are available online at or register the day of the ride starting at 8 a.m.

Air show salutes Korean War
Gathering of Eagles XVIII Air Show will be July 19 and 20, at Lost Nation Airport, 1969 Lost Nation Road in Willoughby. This year, the show will feature “Korea — the Forgotten War” with many war birds from that era.
In addition, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be there to inform veterans of benefits they may be entitled to, so interested veterans are asked to bring their DD214 (discharge papers) for assistance.
Tickets for the show are $13 per person, $25 for couples, and children ages 4 to 12 years of age will be admitted for $7. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20.
Proceeds from the show benefit the restoration of the last known restorable-to-flight B-29 “Doc.”

Gunny’s Hall open for lunch
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor, is serving daily lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and fish fry dinners on Friday evenings. There are also weekly special offered.
For details, call the hall at 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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