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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Veterans program at fair informative

Veterans Day at the Lake County Fair once again proved to be a fun and informative time for my husband and me.
The ceremony hosted by the Lake County Veterans Service Commission was packed full of information.
Assistant Director Gini Geffert and Veterans Service Officer Jami Abel did a wonderful job explaining to the audience what the Commission does and how they can help veterans obtain benefits they may be eligible for.
Guests included Tricia McKinnon of the Ohio Veterans Home; Rachael Oberlander, director of the Painesville VA Clinic; and greetings from U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce and Ohio Sen. John Eklund.
The presentation of a Purple Heart to Sgt. Willie Long was an emotional moment. The medal was earned while he as in the Army serving in Vietnam.
If you are a veteran and have not applied for benefits or are not sure if you are eligible for benefits, call the Lake County Veterans Service Commission at 440-350-2904, they can help with the paperwork to obtain the benefits you have earned.

Madison High football named in honor of Vietnam Veteran
Madison High School’s Football Field will be renamed the “Dick Hamblin Field” during ceremonies at the field beginning at 6 p.m., Aug. 28. Hamblin Field was named for the Madison High school graduate who was killed in action in Vietnam Sept. 21, 1967.
The original football field behind the old Madison High School on West Main Street was known as the Dick Hamblin Field  but the structure was removed to make way for the new South Elementary School. The new field behind Madison High School on Burns Road will also be named in honor of Hamblin.
The Alumni Night game at 6 p.m. is Geneva v. Madison. The Class of 1966 will host a get-together to coincide with the ceremony. The game and the ceremony are open to the public and all are welcome.

Painesville Legion offers roast beef dinner
American Legion Post 336, will host a roast beef dinner 5 to 8 p.m., Aug. 29, at the post home, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. Dinners are $8 each. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Painesville VFW hosts remembrance ceremony Sept. 13
Painesville VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St., will host a 9/11 Remembrance, POW/MIA Recognition and Flag retirement program at 6 p.m., Sept. 13, at the post home. Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be available after the ceremony. For details, call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

Operation Sub Zero golf outing
Operation Sub Zero will host a golf outing at Madison Golf and Country Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sept.19.
Tickets are $100 per golfer and include 18 holes, cart, goodie bag, lunch, steak dinner, keg beer, Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at noon.
Hole sponsors and donation of items for the auction would be gratefully accepted. Hole sponsors are $100. For details, contact Del Bethel at

Sixth annual post clambake
The sixth annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 Ladies Auxiliary clambake will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the post home, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake (behind the Save a  Lot store).
Chicken dinner is $21; steak dinner is $23 and an extra dozen clams will be $8.
All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18, at the post home. For information or further questions, call the post at 440-942-3980.

Patriot Day program in Burton
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of Burton-Middlefield will host a Patriot Day program in Burton Village Park at 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
The ceremony is open to the public. For details, call 440-834-8765.
Veterans Appreciation Day Event
Veterans Appreciation Day will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. This is a celebration for veterans, with food, prizes, benefit information and more.
For more information, contact the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Toys for Tots golf outing
The Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled its annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Newbury Legion farmers market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts the Community Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 12. Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For information, email, or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061 to reserve a space.

Swiss steak dinner pre-sale only
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29421 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the post home.
Dinners are $10 each, with tickets sold in advance only. Tickets may be purchased through Sept. 4. Call Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903 for tickets and information.
To submit items for this column or the online listings, send to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or email

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