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Dover Clerk helping vets

Once again, there’s a lot going on this month of interest to local veterans. For starters, Kym Holbert, who works at the City Clerk’s Office at the new Dover City Hall, has a son Christopher who’s serving with the Marines in Iraq. As some of you may know, she’s been sending gift boxes to his and other units in Iraq for some time and she just received a "wish list" from him from which I’ll quote: "The hard-to-get items we’d appreciate are Pledge wipes and baby wipes (for all of the sand and dust, which is everywhere), Quaker Oatmeal-To-Go bars, coffee, etc., but I’ll tell you what would be great is a power toos set or two, we’d trade a couple of goats for that! We build a lot of stuff for the Iraqis, not in an "official" capacity and I’ll tell you, I know how the Amish work but you know no joy ‘til you’ve tried to build a shelf or repair something with a rusty old rip saw and we’re dreaming of a set with a drill, circular saw, and reciprocating saw. We’d leave the stuff with our replacements and/or Iraqis of course. Other useful items would be framing hammers, routers, sanders, chisels, a few screwdrivers (regular and Phillips) staplers and socket sets."

The local chapters of the Disabled American Veterans (Chapter #15) and Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter #890) have each donated $50 to help fund these items and it’s hoped that more members of the community can assist. To help Kym on her quest you can call her at home at 208-255-1674 or simply stop by Dover City Hall and drop your donations off there at the clerk’s office.

In other vets’ news, work goes on behind the scenes in bringing the stand-down to Sandpoint. Remember to mark your calendars for Saturday, July 12 from 8 to 5. Volunteers will be needed to help unload the Army Surplus trucks the day before, to help distribute the items and to help clean up the fairgrounds the day after the event. To be put on a list of volunteers please contact Russ Fankell at 208-263-5523 or swing by a future V.V.A. meeting (second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm, VFW Hall in Sandpoint, corner of Pine and Division).

Like many other veterans this month I joined a silent peace vigil last Sunday at the Bonner County courthouse to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. It was good to see even more vets joining the Quaker-sponsored event, which seems to bring out more and more supporters as the war drags on. Remember when a top Defense Department official was actually fired from his job for having the temerity to testify before Congress that the war might end up costing as much as 50 billion dollars? It’s now running over 2 trillion and counting! I’m reminded of the how the neo-cons constantly chastise opponents of this war as being somehow unpatriotic or not supporting the troops and I then remember Vietnam’s same lame excuses. Musical opponents of that war included future guitar legend Jimi Hendrix (former paratrooper), the proto-Southern rock greats The Marshall Tucker Band (its founding members were two Vietnam vet brothers), "Country" Joe MacDonald (Navy vet and author of the infamous "Fish Cheer" better known as "the-I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die-Rag"). I could go on forever in this vein but my heart is too filled with sadness.

Congratulations to former CPA Steve Charchan who’s taken over as DAV Treasurer at this month’s chapter elections after it was found their last treasurer suffered from a rare form of "mathematical dyslexia."

To find out more about our local veteran groups or to be put on a list of volunteers for the coming stand-down please attend any of the following: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #890 meets second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15 meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm, and the VFW meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm also. All meetings are at Sandpoint’s VFW Hall, corner of Pine and Division.

‘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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