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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Best meals in town? Try your local post

There will come a day when people realize what a great deal meals at the local posts can be.
I have had many of them and have never been disappointed. The fact that the food is priced right and most of it is homemade only adds to the dining pleasure.
The Lenten fish dinners are some of the best during the year. Each post does the meal just a little bit different, so a dinner at one post may not be exactly the same at a second post. If you have not already stopped by a local post and gotten a fish dinner, you only have one more Friday before Easter.
The posts serve a variety of dinners all year and the menu is as different as each post. I have seen everything from a frog legs dinner to an old fashioned hamburger meal in the same week at different posts. Finding something to suit everyone should not be a problem.
I think the best part of these meals is the fact that proceeds benefit post home projects, veterans in need or community projects that the post would be helping with.
So stop and get a dinner, keep Mom out of the kitchen and enjoy a meal that helps the community and its veterans.

Abbey Rodeo appears
at Willoughby Post
The sixth annual fundraiser for VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will be 6 p.m. March 28 at the post home. Abbey Rodeo will perform at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. There will be a special offered for those who join the post. To purchase tickets, call 440-669-3495 or the post at 440-951-9233.

Pancake and sausage breakfast in Burton
Burton-Middlefield American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12 at the post home. Adult breakfast is $9 and the child’s portion for those ages 12 and younger will be $5. For more information, call 440-635-0223.

Painesville post serves up 
chicken dinners
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a chicken dinner beginning at 5 p.m. March 28 at the post home. Dinners are $5 per person. For details call 440-354-9090.

Fundraiser for 6-year-old
American Legion Family of Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. April 18 at the post home.
Proceeds will benefit 6-year-old Kallie Kramp, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Kallie is an auxiliary junior member, daughter of an auxiliary member and granddaughter of Fred Brown, a member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Dinner tickets are $10. A gas grill will be raffled, with tickets priced at $5. There also will be sideboards, a 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction, door prizes and a bake sale. DJ Trenda will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m.
Donations for the auction are being gratefully accepted.
Call 440-942-7762 for more information.

Wickliffe post host polka party
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a polka dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 18.
Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, wine and ethnic foods. Patty C and the Guys will entertain. For more information or tickets, call the post home at 440-585-4191.

Catholic War Veterans
host membership poppy drive
The Catholic War Veterans of Lake, John Paul II Post 1959, will host a membership poppy drive at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Wickliffe on April 18 and 19 at all Masses.
The members also will be selling tickets for the Super Raffle that will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center in Eastlake during the Annual Reverse Raffle. Grand prize will be $5,000. Tickets can be purchased from any CWV member.
For more information, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Fundraiser helps Boulevard of Flags
Boulevard of Flags will host its annual fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 24 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $35 and include a sit-down dinner with open bar, Chinese auction, door prizes, sideboards and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Boulevard of Flags at 35150 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake.
To purchase tickets, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344 or Lois Sbrocco at 440-946-3439.

PLAVA hosts golf outing
The Polish Legion of American Veterans and Auxiliary Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 of Cleveland will host an Armed Forces Day Golf Outing to Benefit Greater Cleveland Fisher House, beginning at 7 a.m. May 16.
Tickets are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees and cart, and full buffet dinner at PLAVA Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland, immediately following.
Prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, a raffle and door prizes will be part of the fun.
Call 216-337-8997 or 216-337-8996 for tickets or information.

West G military alumni wanted
West Geauga High School wants all alumni who have served in the United States military to contact the school. The alumni association is compiling a list of those who served to be included on a memorial plaque that will be permanently displayed in the high school.
To be included, please submit information to or call 440-729-5930.

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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