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Post Falls Stand Down, Pot Luck and Volunteer Workdays

There’s a lot going on this month of interest to local veterans. For starters, the annual V.V.A. Yard Sale brought in nearly $7,000 (all of which will be used to help out local vets and their families!) and a big thanks goes out to all those involved in helping out, from the Wishing Star girls who helped sort through all the donations to Marti Ashford, whose hand-stitched quilt raffle brought in over $400 all by itself. She’s also donated quilts to organizations like the Community Assistance League. Dan Rice won the quilt raffle by the way and John Johnson the wood raffle. I can verify these dollars are all used to help out local vets and in a future TRJ I’ll break down just where last year’s dollars went to. Speaking of the Yard Sale, someone bought a blue director’s chair and the canvas back fell off as they were walking away with it. If you’ll call me at 265-9881, I’ll be happy to drop it off with you. Likewise, a young man of 11 or 12 who bought a small piano keyboard and left behind one of the speakers he purchased, call me and I’ll return it as well.

The V.V.A. Chapter #890 members plan a couple of volunteer workdays in September. A woodcutting party is planned for Saturday, September 6 at 6 am. Meet at the Syringa Hills work site. (You don’t have to be a member to help out, this wood is cut during the summer months and is then distributed to the needy and disabled throughout the winter.) A free meal will be provided. On Saturday, at 8 am on September 27 (mark your calendars) the semi-annual V.V.A. roadside clean-up will take place at Milepost #24 outside of Dover once again and, as I said, you don’t have to be a member to just show up and help out. Meet across the Highway from the gravel pit on Hwy. 2.

Showing it’s not all just work, the V.V.A. will also be having their annual Potluck picnic at City Beach on Saturday, September 13 at 10 am. For those veterans among you not planning to attend the Potluck (it’s free and open to all local vets and their families) that same day, Saturday the 13th, from 8 am to 2 pm Post Falls will be having their own stand-down at the Idaho National Guard Armory at 5555 E. Seltice Way for free haircuts, toiletries, food, medical assistance and surplus U.S. Army clothing and other gear. For more info please call Robert at 208-769-1558.

A couple of final notes: Democrats in Bonner and Boundary counties have long noted that while McCain draws only a D grade in votes affecting veterans, Obama, the non-vet, actually does better with a B-minus. Dems are making a major effort in Idaho this year to reach out to veterans and McCain’s blunder in leading the fight opposing the new GI Bill for Iraq War veterans may cost him dearly.

A last note: I don’t mean to keep harping on this subject (yes, I do!) but if you’re not yet saving your aluminum cans, please start doing so. Simply take them to Pacific Iron and Metal in Ponderay on Triangle Drive and tell the nice people there it’s for the Disabled American Veterans (Chapter #15). All the funds raised go towards either helping local disabled veterans or will be used to replace the DAV Van as it ages.

‘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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