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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMVETS post does great job in neighborhood

AMVETS Post 109 in Mentor-on-the-Lake sponsors a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors and veterans annually.
This year, the dinner was Nov. 22, and from what I have been told, it was a very enjoyable evening. How do I know? My mother was one of those in attendance.
Mom lives at Andrews Place Apartments. The residents are a fun bunch and do a number of get-togethers throughout the year.
AMVETS Post 109 invites the seniors to the post for a Thanksgiving dinner and handles all the arrangements for the transportation to and from the apartment building. The dinner is followed with trivia games and bingo.
Mom couldn’t wait to tell me all about the wonderful meal and what a great job the post members had done in making everyone feel so comfortable at the post. Her enjoyment was evident when she related the evenings events to me.
Thank you AMVETS Post 109. It was a job well done by the post members, sons, and auxiliary. The evening is getting rave reviews. Keep up the great work.

Lakeland Civic Band to present ‘A Pearl Harbor Remembrance’
Lakeland Civic Band will present a special concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. The theme will be “A Pearl Harbor Remembrance” and will feature a salute to all the United States Armed Forces. This program was first presented Dec. 7, 2008, and was a great success with a capacity audience.
Civic Band Director Charles Frank will be assisted by guest conductor Matthew Salvaggio and narrator Herman Rueger. The concert will include musical tributes to each of the armed forces and music from World War II. Adult tickets will be $7; senior tickets are $6 and students will be charged $2. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 440-525-7134.

Annual Pearl Harbor Day dinner at Hellriegel’s
The Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner will begin with an open bar at 1700 hours (5 p.m.), followed by a steak dinner at 1800 hours (6 p.m.), on Dec. 7 at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave. in Painesville Township.
The guest speaker will be retired Col. Timothy Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. Spouses and attendants are welcome. Tickets are $35 per person. To reserve tickets, call 440-354-9530.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms or a part of the uniform.

Burton post will host Pearl Harbor Day Memorial service
Atwood-Mauck Post 459, of Burton-Middlefield will host a Pearl Harbor Day Memorial at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the village gazebo in Burton. The public is encouraged to attend. For details, call Bo at 440-834-8764.

Gunny’s Hall serving daily lunches
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 specials offered.
For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

Creations for veterans
Join Geauga Park District and Operation S.T.A.T. at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township, for a make-and-give event from noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 6 and 7.
Help create patriotic evergreen door swags for veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals to show that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. Supplies will be provided.
For details, call MaryRuth Shumway at 216-905-8081.

Toys for Tots collection points
Red Roof Inns are one of the many drop-off locations for Toys for Tots.
During the holiday season, Red Roof Inn sponsors the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation so that the tradition of giving hope and smiles to children will continue. Red Roof locations in the Cleveland area will collect new unwrapped toys in the lobbies through Dec. 15.

USAM to host pasta dinner
The United States Aviation Museum, sponsor of the Annual Gathering of Eagles air show, will host a pasta dinner at La-Vera Party Center, 32200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7.
Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds will benefit the Gathering of Eagles air show.
For information, call Don Manno at 440-442-4151.

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