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Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall season brings flurry of activity at posts

Fall has got to be my favorite time of year. The season change brings about the cooler temperatures and the trees change color.
There is a flurry of activity as we put away the summer toys and begin to dig in for the long cold winter. This is also the time of year that begins a blizzard of activities at all of the posts.
Fall is clambake season; on Veterans Day, we remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice; and of course it is the time of year that preparations for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball are well underway.
The season’s first event will be the Fall Veterans Memorial Service at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 3 in front of Mentor City Hall, 8500 Civic Center Drive.
This will be the 13th year that the event has taken place to honor all veterans and the families of the fallen.
This year, the special guest will be Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior noncommissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces.
The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serves as the principal military adviser to the chairman and secretary of defense.
The service is open to the public and is free of charge. For details, contact Joe Lucarelli at 216-235-9011 or at or Jon Warmeling at 440-350-2570 or at

Veterans 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.

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

Painesville Legion offers dinner
The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a breaded pork chop dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. The dinners will be $9 each and all are welcome.
For details, call the post at 440-357-7711.

Breakfast at Painesville VFW
The Men’s Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at the post home. The breakfast will be served until it is gone and is $5 per person.
For details, call 440-354-9090.

Sixth annual post clambake
The sixth annual VFW 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.

Newbury Legion hosts pig roast
Newbury American Legion Post 663 and its Auxiliary Unit will host the sixth annual pig roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post at 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Call 440-635-6390 or 440-834-1159 for tickets or more information.

Breakfast helps homeless 
The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with eggs and sausage from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the post.
Proceeds will benefit Department of Ohio President Martha Setlock’s special project for homeless veterans. Subzero Mission will be on site to collect new or gently used winter coats, winter gloves and sleeping bags. For details, call the post at 440-357-7711.

World War II vets to be guests
VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a celebration and recognition of World War II veterans from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the post home. Reservations must be in by Oct. 7.
This is an invitation to any WWII veterans and is free for those veterans and their spouse or caregiver. Tickets for additional guests will be sold only if space is available.
This is the post’s way of saying thank you and to let those veterans know they are not forgotten.
To make a reservation, call the post at 440-944-1642 and ask for event chairman Ron Tipton. If he is not available, he will promptly return calls.

Ninth District Homecoming 
American Legion Ninth District will host a homecoming for Commander Kevin Carroll at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick. The homecoming will be “Margaritaville Style” with BBQ, drinks and music. Tickets are $20 per person and are sold in advance. For tickets call Commander Kevin Carroll at 440-567-1847 or Kim Carroll for 440-567-9751.

Gunny’s Hall annual clambake
The annual clambake at Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Road in Mentor, will be 4 p.m. Oct. 10. The bake is $22 per person and extra clams are $7 per dozen. Only 80 bakes will be offered so tickets are limited.
To purchase tickets stop in at Gunny’s Hall; for more information call 440-974-9380.

Willoughby post hosts fish fry
VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, hosts fish fries on the first and third Friday of the month.
Dinner is served 5 to 8 p.m., the all-you-can-eat beer batter fried pollock is $10. A full menu is also available. For details, call the post at 440-951-9233.

To submit items for this column, send them to Larece Galer, The News-Herald, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or email

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