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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Memorial Day events needed for annual listing

I have noticed a number of outdoor activities coming up in the next few weeks: motorcycle events, golf outings and picnics. Could this possibly mean that spring has finally arrived?
If this is the case, then Memorial Day cannot be far behind. I have already received two announcements about events for this holiday. Each post should be participating in something: a ceremony to remember the fallen or perhaps a local parade.
If your post is doing something, please send the information to me for listing in the annual Memorial Day events list.
I hope to see a long list of memorial ceremonies.

Auxiliary dinner benefits Cleveland Fisher House
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a shepherd’s pie dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 24.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Cleveland Fisher House. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Annual Rally for the Troops
The 13th annual Rally for the Troops will take place at 11 a.m. April 26 at the Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial, between Saint Clair and Rockwell avenues, west of East 6th Street in Cleveland. The location has been changed because of the ongoing construction at Public Square.
Group rides will leave from many of the Northeast Ohio Harley Davidson dealerships to the rally. Call in advance to determine the plans for each dealership.
For details, call John “Kiks” Kikol at 440-263-8121 or

Work party will raise flags at memorial
The Eastlake Boulevard of 500 Flags Volunteers Committee will host a work party beginning at 9 a.m. May 2 to sort and raise the flags, with a rain date of May 3.
Please bring gloves and pliers if you plan to volunteer. The work parties are open to anyone. The committee operates completely on donations and with the help of volunteers.
To make a donation, checks can be made payable to the City of Eastlake (Boulevard of 500 Flags on the memo line) and sent to City Hall, 35150 Lake Shore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095.
For more information on volunteering, call Joe Strand at 440-942-9344.
The new website for the boulevard is up and running. Visit

Young Marines work toward Pearl Harbor
The Ashtabula County Young Marines are working to raise money for a trip to Pearl Harbor in December 2016 for the 75th anniversary of the attack on America.
The Young Marines will host a reverse raffle at 5:30 p.m. May 9 at the Jefferson Eagles, 133 S. Spruce St. in Jefferson.
Social hour is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be at 6:30. The drawing begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include a dinner, open bar and one chance at the main board. Dinner for two will be $65 with open bar and one chance at the main board.
For tickets, call Doc Lee at 440-344-8237.

Celebrate mothers 
at VFW post
A Mother’s Day Brunch will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10.
Tickets in advance are $10 per person or $5 for children ages 5 through 10. Tickets must be purchased by May 3 at the post canteen from 3 to 9 p.m. For details, call Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903.

Operation S.T.A.T. 
open house
Operation S.T.A.T. (Standing Tall for American Troops) will host an open house May 16 at VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake.
The group will offer free hamburgers and hot dogs at the event, and will educate the public and veterans about services offered by Operation S.T.A.T. Other military organizations have been invited and will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and promote their organizations. The event is open to the public.

P.L.A.V. Auxiliary hosts 
golf outing
Polish Legion of American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 will host a golf outing May 16 at Briardale Greens Golf Course, 24131 Briardale Ave. in Euclid. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.
Tickets for the event are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees, cart and a full buffet dinner at PLAV Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland immediately following the outing.
Arrive at the course by 7 a.m. with a shotgun start scramble at 8. Tickets are available for the dinner only at $15 each. For details, call Theresa Krysiak at 216-337-8997 or John Major at 216-337-8996.

Blessing of the bikes
in Hambden
Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 GAR Highway in Hambden Township, will host a bike blessing and veterans tribute service on May 17.
All motorcycles are to gather on Chardon Square at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 9:45 a.m. for the service, which will begin at 10:30. All two- and four-wheel vehicles are invited to attend.
A picnic gathering will follow at Hambden Township Park, 9891 Old State Road in Chardon. Please bring a dish to share with all.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided by Hambden Congregational Church and the cooking will be done by the Chardon VFW. Cleanup and other assistance will be by the Young Marines.

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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