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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Special birthday surprise for special veteran

Operation S.T.A.T. members and friends will be climbing on their motorcycles and into their cars on the morning of Aug. 10 to ride about three and a half hours north to Chesterfield, Michigan.
The purpose of the ride is to wish a happy birthday to a World War II veteran who resides in that town.
Carroll “Super G” Dick was instrumental in the development of the fuse that detonated the atom bomb. He will celebrate his 105th birthday, and had ask that people just send cards. Operation Standing Tall for American Troops decided to visit and deliver their personal greetings.
Dick worked on the Manhattan Project with 2,000 others at the Los Alamos, New Mexico, facility during World War II.
The birthday ride from Ohio to Michigan came about through a mutual friend of Operation S.T.A.T. founder Adam “Rain Man” Cook.
Anyone who would like to wish a happy birthday to the World War II veteran is welcome to meet the group at McDonald’s at 7575 Auburn Road in Concord Township at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 10. People who want to travel to Michigan will be asked to car pool for the trip. The group will leave at 9 a.m. for Michigan with an expected arrival time of 1:30 p.m.
For details about the ride and the surprise for one of the “Greatest Generation,” call Adam “Rain Man” Cook at 440-413-6225.

Fisher House fundraiser Sept. 6
The Lake County Veterans Service Office and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7754, Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries, in Fairport Harbor, 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. in Fairport Harbor. 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

GI get-together
GI get-together with coffee and doughnuts will be 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 at American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton.
For details, call Frank at 440-834-8038.

AMVETS host open house
AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will host a summer open house and cookout from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 at the post home. Buck a bone ribs and burgers and 50 cent hot dogs will be served. A disc jockey and live music will be a part of the fun. Bring a DD214 and learn how to join or about the other ways to be a part of the AMVETS even if you are not a veteran. Representatives will be available to answer any questions. For more information, call 440-257-9217.

Chardon Auxiliary hosts Chinese auction
The Ladies Auxiliary of Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a Chinese auction from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the post home. All are welcome. For details, call the post home at 440-285-3699.

AMVETS steak dinner
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor, will host a steak dinner 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the post home. Dinner is $12 and is open to the public. For details, call 440-527-1911.

Veterans Day at the fair
The Lake County Fair will again set aside a day to honor our veterans.
At the 2014, that day is Aug. 13. Veterans will be admitted free all day with ID.
The Lake County Veterans Service Office will present a veterans program at 6 p.m. the same day at the Belcher Pavilion near the Commercial Building.

Newbury Legion hosts BBQ chicken dinner
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host a barbecue chicken dinner in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15.
Dinners are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Barbecue chicken dinners are half price for those ages 12 and younger, or they receive a free hot dog dinner. An adult egg hunt scramble will begin at 7 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. Call 440-635-6390 or 440-269-3184 for information about the event.

Post 112 annual golf outing
American Legion Post 112 of Madison will host an annual golf outing at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 16 at Powderhorn Golf Course, 3991 Bates Road in Madison.
Tickets are $50 per person and include golf, steak dinner and door prizes. Sign up at 10:45 a.m. the day of the event, with an 11:30 a.m. tee time. Sign up a foursome at the canteen by Aug. 11.
Call Frank Magda at 440-796-3562 with questions.

D-Day re-enactment in Conneaut
D-Day Conneaut will return August 22 and 23 to the Conneaut Township Park to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
The event is free and open to the public.
Spectators will be overlooking the water’s edge from a position similar to that of Omaha Beach. Landing craft will storm the shore as aircraft such as P-51 Mustangs and a B-25 bomber make low passes over the landing site and a Sherman tank provides cover fire.
Free parking and shuttles will be available. For details visit

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