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Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds its first meeting of the year

CASSADAGA – The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11, with 12 members present. President Bev Speelberg welcomed everyone, and opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary preamble, a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers, and a prayer from Chaplain Paula Pattison. The minutes from the last gathering were read by Secretary Carol Baker; the treasurer’s report was given by Sue Degolier; both accepted as read. Correspondence was read by Baker.

For old business, the last cruise night bake sale went very well, and the Auxiliary looks forward to next season. It was noted that the purses Unit 1280 donated to the VA were given to the lady veterans at the Batavia facility and are very much appreciated.

On Friday, Oct. 28, Post 1280 is hosting the County Joint Legion, Auxiliary, Son’s meeting. Unit 1280 members will make the dinner for the occasion; sloppy Joes, tossed salad and ice cream for dessert are on the menu.

Plans are all set for the annual “Vendor Showcase” and bake sale to be held in the Veterans’ Hall at Post 1280, Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ladies present signed up to bring baked goods to sell, as well as soups and sandwiches that will be available to purchase for lunch. This is a great event to attend and a good time to start holiday shopping. With the large number of vendors in one place, shoppers are bound to find gifts for everyone on their lists.

Unit 1280 has green light bulbs for sale at the bar for $3 each. Get them today and let the green lights shine through the night to show support for veterans everywhere!

Sunday, Oct. 30 is set for the children’s Halloween party at the Post from 1 to 3 p.m. Pat Hayward has oodles of games, crafts and prizes ready for the occasion. The “grown-up” Halloween party will be the same day, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Post with the Scroggins Band playing.

For new business, Post 1280 along with Unit 1280 and Squadron 1280 members, will again be visiting the local senior homes to honor the veterans on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The bus heads out around 9 a.m. and always proves to be a very rewarding and humbling day being in the presence of these local heroes.

The local Scout Pack and Troop 219 is planning their annual veterans’ spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Nov. 13. The dinner is open to everyone with no charge for veterans’ dinners. Time and cost will be announced at a later date. The scouts asked Unit 1280 to do a basket raffle for this occasion. Hayward and the juniors are making table favors to give to the veterans who attend this dinner.

Unit 1280 received a letter from the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga regarding a winter festival. A meeting about this event will be held at the Cassadaga Community building Thursday and Linnea Nichols will represent the Unit at this meeting.

Unit 1280’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, at a new time of 6:30 p.m. at the Post. All members are asked to attend as their help is needed to further the group’s commitment to fulfill projects to benefit the American Legion and veterans. New members and new ideas are always welcome!

With no other business at hand, Pattison gave a closing prayer and Speelberg adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for overseas families; “Labels for Education”; “Pennies for Hospice;” can tabs and cancelled postage stamps. Unit 1280 also sells nice corn brooms for $10; anyone interested may call the Post at 595-3145.

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