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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stockings for Soldiers grows in community

DeJohn Funeral Homes and Crematory’s annual “Stockings for Soldiers” program has gained community support.
More than 600 filled stockings were picked up by soldiers from the Youngstown Air Force Station on Nov. 26. The stockings will be delivered to various events and to local armories leading up to the holidays.
The filled stockings will be given to local troops returning from six-month deployments overseas. Stockings are being distributed to soldiers returning home because of the drawdown of overseas troops.
The Willoughby-based business has sponsored this program since 2008 as part of its veterans and memorial care services supporting active military as well as local veterans.

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 and other events. Photos are available at ,or for information, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Breakfast at Gunny’s Hall
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host a Sunday Breakfast Buffet that is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The cost is $7.50 per person and special orders are available. For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

Madison VFW hosts meals
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison, will host the monthly Ladies Auxiliary dinner on the first Saturday of each month at the post home. The ladies will serve dinner 4 to 7 p.m. each first Saturday. Proceeds benefit VFW Auxiliary charities.
The post hosts a hamburger night from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. to noon the third Sunday of each month, the Men’s Auxiliary serves a biscuit and sausage gravy breakfast for $5. For details about the events, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Volunteers needed to decorate for Pearl Harbor Day
Decorating for the Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Dinner will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Hellriegel’s Inn, 1840 Mentor Ave. in  Painesville Township. Volunteers will be welcomed.
The dinner on Dec. 7 will begin at 1700 hours (5 p.m.) with an open bar, followed by a steak dinner at 1800 hours (6 p.m.).
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.

Concert marks Pearl Harbor Day
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. The theme of the show will be “A Pearl Harbor Remembrance,” featuring a salute to all the United States Armed Forces.
Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 440-525-7134.

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

Willowick Legion serves pasta dinner
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the post home.
Following dinner, DJ Skyler Cola will entertain until 11 p.m. Dinners are $5 per person and includes spaghetti, homemade meatballs and garlic bread. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Volunteers to help create door swags 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. 6-7.
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 donations needed
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 Reserve 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.

Early warning
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.

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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