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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

House would give new meaning to ‘Goodnight Chesty whereever you are’

The home of my dreams is up for sale, but unfortunately it is a bit out of my price range.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home is located in Saluda, Virginia, where the home values are a bit higher than they are here in Lake County. The asking price is $395,000.
The home has pocket doors, beautiful highly polished wood floors, and a wonderful staircase in the center hall entry and it sits on 3.37 acres. Did I happen to mention that it was the retirement home of Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell Puller?
Puller was one of the most famous Marines and was nicknamed “Chesty” because of his proper posture and the chest full of medals earned during his career in the Marine Corps. He was awarded five Navy Crosses, and a Distinguished Service Cross.
The home is the center of a nonprofit group’s efforts through a GoFundMe campaign. The group hopes to purchase the property and turn it into a place for Marines to meet and perhaps find a place to stay for a few days. Puller will still be helping “his” Marines.
Puller has been described as a Marine’s Marine and even today Marines are heard saying, “Goodnight Chesty wherever you are” at the end of the day.

Willoughby post hosts fish fry
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, hosts fish fry dinners on the first and third Friday of the month.
Dinner is served 5 to 8 p.m., and 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.

Madison VFW hosts dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison, will host a cream turkey and biscuits dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the post. Dinners are $5 each. For details, call the post at 440-428-3050.

Fall service honors veterans
The 13th Annual Fall Veterans Memorial Service will be 12:15 p.m. Oct. 3 in front of Mentor City Hall, 8500 Civic Center Drive in Mentor. Sgt. Major Bryan Battaglia will be the featured speaker.
This event is open to the public and all are welcome. In the event of inclement weather, the service will move inside. For questions or more information, call Joe Lucarelli at 216-235-9011 or Jon Warmeling at 440-350-2570.

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 barbecue, 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 at 440-567-9751.

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.

Pop balloons for prizes
A Balloon Night will be hosted Oct. 16 at American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center Street in Willoughby.
Steak or shrimp dinners are available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for $12. Call the post after 3 p.m. at 440-942-7762 if you plan to order a dinner. At 7:30 p.m., buy a drink and get a balloon, pop the balloon and win a prize. The evening will also feature a DJ between 7:30 and 11 p.m.

Fall craft show
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8548 will host its fall craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Stratton Place, 33 E. Main St. in Madison Village.
Crafts, a bake sale and door prizes will be a part of the event. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Men’s Auxiliary hosts breakfast
The Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E., Madison will host a sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 at the post home. Breakfast is $5.
For details, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Concert celebrates Freedom 
Celebrate Freedom Concert, honoring God, America, Veterans and First Responders, will be 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 North Cheshire St. in Burton.
Admission is free, but a love offering will be collected. The event will feature Todd Allen Herendeen, who will perform his signature song, “My Name is America,” along with other gospel and patriotic favorites. For details, call Linda O’Brien at 440-725-2064.

Catholic War Veterans Reverse Raffle
Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 is selling tickets for its reverse raffle on Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center, 33150 Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $65 for main board and $35 for an extra dinner ticket. There will be only 175 tickets sold. There will also be a supper raffle for $5,000. A Chinese auction and DJ also will be part of the evening. An open bar will be available.
For more information and tickets, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Willoughby post plans casino trip
Willoughby American Legion Post 214 will host a casino bus trip on Oct. 25 to The Rivers in Pittsburgh.
The bus will leave the post parking lot promptly at 8 a.m. and will leave the casino at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person with $15 slot play. Sign up now. Payment is requested before Oct. 9.
Checks will be held until at least 40 have signed up; there will be 56 seats available. Make check payable to AL Post 214 and forward to Martha Setlock. For details, call 440-951-2227.

Homecoming celebration planned
A homecoming celebration is planned for Martha Setlock, Department of Ohio, American Legion auxiliary president for 2015-2016.
The event will be Nov. 7 at the Croatian Hall, Route 91 and Lake Shore Boulevard in Eastlake. Tickets are $35 per person. Send checks to Gina Mastronicola, 183 East Overlook Drive, Eastlake, OH 44095. Reservation deadline is Oct. 23.
Setlock’s special project for the year will be Volunteers of America, Homeless Veterans.

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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