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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rolling Thunder had busy week

Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 of Ohio members gathered at the Eastlake Dog Park and War Dog Memorial on the morning of Aug. 16.
The nine members cleaned up the memorial area and planted bushes and flowers. They will next be scheduling a flag raising ceremony at the memorial.
This group is active in veteran affairs and is always doing something to help the veterans and promote the idea that we can never forget the POW/MIAs that never returned home.
Chapter President Winston Bailey and the Rev. Jim Cozzarin were in Columbus Aug. 13, for the official unveiling of the new POW/MIA Ohio License plates. Now any Ohio auto or motorcycle owner can express the sentiment of Rolling Thunder with a vehicle plate featuring the POW/MIA flag likeness.
Perhaps the greatest legacy Rolling Thunder can leave is the peaceful demonstration that occurs each year on Memorial Day weekend when an estimated one million motorcycles descend on our nation’s capital to remind this country’s lawmakers and the nation that there are still empty places at dinner tables all over this country that belong to men who did not return.

Fisher House fundraiser
at Fairport VFW Post
Lake County Veterans Service Office and VFW 7754, Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries in Fairport have teamed up to raise funds for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. A reverse raffle and dinner will be Sept. 6 at the VFW post, 540 New St.
Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, open bar and a ticket on the main board. Any donations for the auction would be greatly appreciated.
The Fisher House is hoping to break ground in spring 2015. For details on the event, to make donations or to get tickets, call Gini Geffert at 440-289-5699 or the VFW post at 440-352-1123.
For more information about Fisher House, visit

Burton Legion to host 
Patriot Day program
American Legion Post 459, of Burton, will host a Patriot Day Program at 11 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Burton Village Gazebo, in Burton. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Fish fry meals return 
to Fairport VFW
VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will begin serving fish fry lunch and dinners Sept. 12  at the post home. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. For details, call the post at 440-352-1123.

Gunny’s Hall hosts clambake
A clambake will be served Sept. 13 at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor. Reservations are needed by Sept. 6. The bake will begin at 3 p.m. and offer side boards and a 50/50 raffle. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Dinners are $28 per bake, and extra clams will be $7. For reservations, call 440-974-9380.

Shannon McBride Scholarship
fundraiser on Sept. 13
A fundraiser for the Shannon McBride Scholarship endowment at Lakeland Community College (Jim McBride Basic Police Academy scholarship; Fairport Harbor Police Association and CPD Pipes and Drums Band Uniform Fund) will be 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairport VFW, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor.
The event will include country and Western bands, and the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums. Tickets are $20 per person. See Jim McBride or FHPD Chief Mark Kish for tickets or email

POW/MIA, Remembrance and Flag retirement in Painesville
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St., Painesville, will host a 9/11 Remembrance, POW/MIA Recognition and Flag Retirement Program at the post home, at 6 p.m. Sept. 14. The public is welcome. For details, call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Civil Air Patrol serving spaghetti dinner at Painesville Post
Painesville Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 252 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Sept. 20, at the American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. The public is welcome, and proceeds will benefit Civil Air Patrol programs.
For details, call Ken Voyticky at 440-655-6600.

Veterans’ Appreciation Day
set for Sept. 26 
A Veterans Appreciation Day is planned Sept. 26 at American Legion Post 336, Chester St. in Painesville. The event will be hosted by the Painesville VA Clinic and will include prizes, food, guests, a color guard, benefit information and flu shots. All veterans are welcome. For details, call the Painesville VA Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Rock-A-Thon an annual 
fundraiser at AMVETS
The 18th annual Rock-A-thon to benefit the Hospice of the Western Reserve Peaceful and Proud Program, will be Sept. 27, in front of the Perry AMVETS Post 11971, 4129 Main St. The post is looking for sponsors and rockers for the event. For details, call 440-259-4242.

Legion Hall for rent
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, has a hall for rent. The hall has a capacity for 200 people and is ideal for wedding receptions, parties etc. Photos are available at or for information call the post home at 440-943-9659.

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Anonymous Primary Games Anywho said...

Its too late this year but I have plenty of old computer gear to donate. Good luck with todays fund raiser!

September 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM 

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