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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Social media brings back warm memories

I’m not a huge fan of all the electronic gizmos that seem to be taking over our society.
I am talking about the phones that take photos and connect to the Internet, the computers that offer face time with relatives thousands of miles away and the ever-present social media.
I have to admit the phones could be handy for several reasons that I will not get into now. The contact with relatives and loved ones far away has to be a blessing to those who are deployed.
I will even admit that social media can be entertaining.
I recently opened up my social media account to find an entry from my younger brother that made me smile.
It was video footage of a Corsair, my favorite airplane. The simple act of putting on ear buds and turning up the volume to hear the roar of that engine brought a smile to my face.
I have to say that being in the seat and flying at almost 400 mph is the best, but when the weather is turning cold and gray, the video brought back memories of a hot summer day with blue skies and the roar of that engine.

Willoughby hosts fish fry
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host a perch dinner 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the post home.
The all-you-can-eat beer battered fried pollock is $10 and a full menu is always available.
There also will be homemade desserts. For details or questions, call 440-951-9233.

Cabbage and noodles
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville ,will host a cabbage, noodles and kielbasa dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16, at the post home. For details, call 440-357-7711.

Legion hosts card party
The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a card party at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Legion Hall. There will be 25 various salads, finger sandwiches, desserts and beverages.
Theme baskets will be available as well as a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
Tickets are $10 per person. For tickets or further details, call 440-585-0449.

Fall craft show
Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8548 Madison will host its fall craft show at Stratton Place, 33 E. Main St. in Madison, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17. For details, call the post at 440-428-3050.

Free concert
Celebrate Freedom Concert will be 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 North Cheshire St. in Burton. The concert will feature Todd Allen Herendeen, who will perform his signature song “My Name is America.”
All ages are invited and are asked to bring a lawn chair. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be collected.
For details, call Linda O’Brien at 440-725-2064.

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

Chardon VFW clambake
Chardon VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host its annual clambake from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the post home.
Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for extra clams. Tickets will be sold in advance only until Oct. 18. For information or tickets, call 440-285-3699.

Breakfast benefits veterans in need
American Legion Geauga County Council will host an early bird breakfast benefit for Geauga County veterans in need. The breakfast will be held at Burton American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Ave. in Burton, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
Tickets will be $10 for an adult breakfast; $5 for children ages 6 through 12; and those younger than age 5 will be served free. Proceeds will benefit those in need who defended our freedom. For details, call 440-635-6390 or 440-313-2095.

Veterans Day celebration 
Celebrate Veterans Day at Historic Kirtland Visitors Center, 7800 Kirtland Chardon Road in Kirtland.
There will be two programs: one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.
The programs will consist of a musical tribute with the spoken word for all who have or who are now serving in every branch of the armed forces of the United States.
Refreshments will follow each program. There will be free parking and admission for both programs. For more information, call 440-356-9805.

Setlock homecoming 
A homecoming is being planned for Martha Setlock, newly elected Department of Ohio American Legion Auxiliary president for 2015-2016.
The event will be Nov. 7, at the Croatian Hall, 34900 Lake Shore Blvd. in Eastlake.
Tickets are $35 per person. To order tickets, send checks to Gina Mastronicola, 183 East Overlook Drive, Eastlake, OH 44095. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 23.

Veterans Career Expo
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host a Veterans Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9. Registration in advance for veterans and veterans’ spouses is encouraged.
All pre-registered vets will receive a list of all companies in attendance along with job summaries and open positions prior to the expo.
For more information or registration, call Josh Collins at 216-898-6102 or

Gunny’s Hall breakfast
Gunny’s Hall Sunday breakfast will be served 9 a.m. to noon each Sunday until Memorial Day.
Breakfast is an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast with special orders available. For details call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380.

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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