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July a Busy Month for Vets

There’s a lot going on next month of interest to local veterans. For starters, participants in the 4th of July Parade in Sandpoint are asked to meet at 9:30 am at the old Co-Op building at 5th and Church. The Parade itself is set to kick off at 10 am.

Preparations for the coming Stand Down are coming along nicely - look for an article about it in the next issue of TRJ by local Marine Corps Commandant Jay Hermann, who’s informed me that any current or former Marines who’d like to help with the cooking duties can get a hold of him at 208-265-8058. They’ll need a score or more volunteers to prepare, cook, and clean up after serving from 500 to 700 veterans that day, or you can simply donate cash to the Marine Corps League at PO Box 110, Colburn, ID 83865.

The Stand Down, as most of you know, is set for all day Saturday, July 12 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds (8 am to 5 pm) and is a chance for vets to get free haircuts, meals, job info, army surplus field jackets, combat boots, sleeping bags and much, much more. More about it in the next issue of TRJ.

Russ Fankell, who heads the volunteer committee, has told me volunteers are starting to trickle in though more can always be utilized. He’d like to thank Meyers Sport Tees for providing Stand Down caps for the event security team, to Stephanie from the Elmira Store, who’s volunteered to provide free haircuts to any veteran who needs one that day, and to Panhandle State Bank, who has already had two tellers sign up to help pass out free food baskets. Jean Peck has also been busy trying to round up helpers for that weekend. (They’ll be needing help the day before, Friday, to set up, and more volunteers the day after to help pack up and clean up the fairgrounds.) To help out call Russ at 208-263-5419, evenings only.

As long as I’m thanking folks I’d like to thank my Dover neighbors Julio Becarra and Misty Grage for collecting their aluminum cans and donating them on behalf of the Sandpoint Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans at Pacific Iron and Metal on Triangle Drive in Ponderay. I’m sure there’s plenty of others out there doing so anonymously - these are only two I happen to know of. If you are not yet saving your aluminum, please consider doing so; it’s for a good cause. A final thanks to Bob Wynhausen, our latest DAV volunteer van driver. More sugar to ya’ Bob!

The Annual Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter #890) Yard and Rummage Sale is starting to collect donations for their August extravaganza at VFW Hall so if you have anything you’d like to contribute to this largest and funnest sale of the year please call either Steve Charchan at 208-263-7754 or Russ Fankell at 208-263-5419 (evenings) to arrange a pick up.

A last and final thank you to our civilian helpers at the Disabled Veterans Annual Forget-Me-Not Drive over Memorial Day: Mayor Gretchen Hellar of Sandpoint, Mayor Larry Keith of Hope, Trish Gannon of TRJ, Rick Wilfert, Derik Walker (K-102) and Jonny Knight (KPND) of Blue Sky Radio. We raised over $900 this year and managed to give George Eskridge a much-needed year off (though he did kick in a pair of shoes for our yard sale)!

‘til next time, smoke ‘em if ya’ got ‘em and All Homage to Xena!

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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