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Post 57 Saltsburg


The Saltsburg Social Center held its turkey dinner benefit from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the center located on Point Street.

This fundraiser was to benefit the Saltsburg American Legion Post #57 and was part of the Aging Services Inc. Seniors Giving Back To The Community project. The turkey dinner was available for a $5 donation. Monetary donations were also collected, in addition to special raffles that were held.

If you didn't get an opportunity to donate and would like to, call (724) 639-9055.

Pictured, front row, from left, are Joe Spellane, Dan Jakosh and Guido Bartolini; back row, Ron Wagner, Barry Thomas and Bill Bowers.


Students honored at spring banquet

Recently students from the Saltsburg Elementary and the Saltsburg Middle-High schools were honored at the Saltsburg American Legion Auxiliary’s annual spring banquet.

Seven senior girls were nominated as the “Girl of the Month” from October through April. Criteria for this selection process include: academic work, participation in extra-curricular activities, respect earned from fellow students and teachers; dependability, leadership, character and community service.

The seven girls for the 2014-15 school year were: Sarah Hefferin, Samantha Cicio, Abigail Peace, Larissa Anderson, Brooke Shindledecker, Nicole Cottrell and Madison Bates. One of these girls was selected to receive the Saltsburg American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Samantha Cicio, who will be attending Westmoreland County Community College studying Biology.

Megan Treece was selected by the faculty of the Saltsburg Middle School to receive the Eighth Grade Girl’s School Award. This award recognizes honor, courage, scholarship, Americanism, leadership and service.

The Auxiliary sponsored an Americanism Essay Contest this year.

The third and fourth grade topic was titled “Why is the poppy flower remembered on Memorial Day?”

The winners were: first, Leah Carr; second, Sydney Walters; third, Domenic Bartolini. “What is the history of the flag of the United States of America?” was the topic for grades five to eight, with first place awarded to Troy Montgomery, second place was Mathew Razpotnik and third place was Ronnie Appleby.

Students in grades 9 through 12 wrote on “How does our United States flag represent our country to you and the world?”

The 9 to 12 grade winners were: first, Caylin Carr; second, Alex Williams; and third, Laura McGinnis. All of the 129 students who participated received a certificate.

Monetary awards went to the first, second and third place winners selected from each of the three grade levels. A student from each group read their essay at the American Legion Post 57 Memorial Day ceremony at the Edgewood Cemetery in Saltsburg.

PHOTO: Saltsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 57 held its Spring Awards Banquet May 6. Students pictured front row, from left, are Sydney Walters, Ronnie Appleby and Leah Carr; middle row, Brooke Shindledecker, Larissa Anderson, Laura McGinnis and Megan Treece; and back row, Sarah Hefferin, Caylin Carr, Alex Williams, Abigail Peace, Troy Montgomery, Matthew Razpotnik, Madison Bates, Nicole Cottrell and Samantha Cicio. (Submitted photo)


Bill Bowers accepting Children & Youth Award


Saltsburg American Legion Post 57 recently swore in its new officers.

Pictured, front row, are Ludwig Sharek, first vice commander, left, and Ron Wagner, second vice commander.

Back row, from left, are Brad McClure, judge advocate; Frank Stanley, commander; and Chris Kough, 27th District deputy commander, installing officer. Absent from the photo were Dan McGregor, chaplain; Herschel Hosack, sergeant-at-arms; and Brandon Shaulis, service officer.

Post 62 Punxsutawney
Post 66 Clarion


Post 95 Brockway
Commander Kough accepting Community Service Award for Post 95
Commander Kough with Community Service Award for Post 95


Post 102 Brookville

Classroom at Brookville Area High School have received 72 new American flags, as the result of a project conducted by Boy Scout Aaron Kennedy, with some help from the Amerjcan Legion. They will replace worn flags and in some instances fill a place where there was no flag in the room. The flags were presented to the high school by members of the American Legion Post 102 of Brookville.
Pictured are (l-r) David Strohm, treasurer; Herb MCConnell, public relations; John DeLaney, service officer; Dave Deemer, commander and his grandson, Aaron Kennedy; Al Bowdish, adjutant; Dave Volpe, guidance conuselor and Bob Rocco, principal.



Post 122 Kittanning




Post 141 Indiana


The Indiana  community honored those who have served in the military Monday during a parade and ceremony commemorating Veterans Day.

Lt. Col. Tom Huber, right, stood at attention during the national anthem with, from right, Richard Hoover, Dr. Patrick Holland and Harry Pennington. Huber served in the military from 1967 to1994.

Preston, 6, and Grace Leeper, 5, held up their signs of appreciation. They attended with their mother, Tamara Leeper.


The American Legion Post 141 in Indiana held a birthday celebration honoring members who have been active for 50 years or more.

Seated at front is Marlin Hartman, a 60-year member, and standing, from left, are Wesley Wertz, Post 141 Commander; Shonn Miller, DJ and certificate of appreciation recipient; Chris Kough, Western Section Adjutant; Ted Minich, District 27 Commander; Wendy Weeks, Auxiliary President, The Homemade Restaurant, certificate of appreciation recipient; and Nancy Taylor, Auxiliary Chaplain and Auxiliary bar bingo committee, and certificate of appreciation recipient.

Absent from the photo are Amos McGee, a 60-year member; Paul Muller, 50 years; Joseph Maruca, 60 years; James Kerr, 60 years; Clair Fulmer, 60 years; and Filbert Jobe Sr, 50 years.

Post 222 Clymer

The Clymer American Legion Post 222 recently named its new officers.

Pictured, from left, are Dan Rice, adjutant; Jerrold Treese, trustee; Ray Wike, trustee; Joe Ackerson, sergeant-at-arms; John Buterbaugh, junior vice commander; Chris Kough, district commander; Lester Nichol, senior vice commander; Tom Ray, chaplin; and John O'Hara, commander.



The inaugural Sons of the American Legion Post 222, Clymer, Scholarship was recently presented to Shawn Stewart.

Pictured, from left, are Ginger Stewart, mother of the recipient; Gene Stewart, father of the recipient and member of the Sons of the American Legion; Stewart, scholarship recipient and member of the Sons of the American Legion; Mike Nebel, Legion member; Tom Woods, Legion commander; Dan Long, adjutant of the Sons of the American Legion; and George Rising, vice commander of the Legion.


The Sons of the American Legion recently held a scholarship presentation at the Clymer American Legion.

Pictured, front row, from left, are Ken Ashbaugh, sergeant-at-arms; Jessica Polenik, scholarship recipient; Tom Woods, junior vice commander; and Richard Putt, member; and back row, Mike Nebel, commander; George Rising, historian; Gene Stewart, senior vice commander; Mike Truhan, member; and Chris Barr, chaplain.  (James J. Nestor/Gazette photo)


PENNS MANOR: Veterans honored during special assembly

Daren Johnston, high school principal, students and veterans from Clymer Post 222 who participated in the Veterans Day program at Penns Manor High School on Nov. 9 posed for a photo.

"Veterans are the men and women who have served their country in the armed forces."

This was the answer given by Penns Manor teacher and Marine Corps veteran Kim Bodek when asked, "What is a veteran?" at Penns Manor's annual Veterans Day assembly.

The assembly was held Nov. 9 in the Penns Manor auditorium for students and teachers to honor those who have served, and those who are currently serving our country.

Before the assembly itself began, Penns Manor's creative cooking classes with teacher Beth Cessna held a luncheon for senior citizens before they enjoyed the presentation. Class President Jennifer Knezovich welcomed guests as American Legion Post 222 posted our nation's colors. While the colors were posting, the Penns Manor band, directed by Paul Rode, played a march titled "Battle Cry of Freedom" followed by the national anthem. Penns Manor's volunteer firemen then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The next speech to be given was by student council President Danny Ferens, reminding the audience that Veterans Day is important not only because those who have defended our country are honored, but those service members who are active are remembered as well. As the Penns Manor band played "Veteran's Salute," veterans in attendance were to stand and be recognized when the anthem of their service was played.

Other speakers of the afternoon included the commander of Post 222, Mr. John O'Hara, who shared a ceremony in remembrance of military POWs and MIAs.

Christopher Kough, American Legion District 27 Commander, also shared his thoughts on Veterans Day. Other special guests in attendance were state Sen. Don White; state Rep. Dave Reed; state Rep. Jeff Pyle; and Indiana County Sheriff Robert Fyock. Sheriff Fyock directed Scouts from Troop 13 in Clymer and Troop 20 in Penn Run in a flag-folding ceremony.

The Scouts presented the American flag to American Legion District 27 Commander Kough.

To conclude the assembly, taps was played by band members Emily Brown and Claire Kirsch. To end the program, "Amazing Grace" was played as the honor guard retired the colors. Penns Manor would like to thank everyone who attended the assembly, especially those who have fought and those who are fighting for our country today.


Post 249 Strattanville


Post 325 Cowansville
Frenchie accepting Adjutant of the Year


Post 345 Sykesville


Post 354 New Bethlehem
Sergeant Joseph M. Garrison Memorial Bridge and Monument Designation Ceremony
Ted Minich accepting Adjutant of the Year Award


Post 392 Reynoldsville


Post 402 East Brady


Post 407 Blairsville

Blairsville American Legion Post 0407 recently installed the officers for 2015-16.
Post leaders  are, first row, from left: Bill Smith, second vice commander; Jim Kissock, first vice commander; Bill Orr, commander; Skip Libengood, sergeant-at-arms; Jim Fleming, 27th District deputy commander and installing officer.

Pictured in second row are Bill Swanson, treasurer; Brady Hogue, chaplin; Ernie Pecsi, assistant sergeant-at-arms; and Tom Patz, adjutant. Absent from the photo were Jim Prince, service officer, and Bill Shulick, judge advocate.


The Blairsville Area Veterans Memorial was unveiled Friday at the west end of Market Street.

Uncovering the granite monuments — consisting of more than 70 names and weighing a combined 6,933 pounds — were at left, Roger Lenhardt, of American Legion 0407 in Blairsville; and Dean Auen, brother of David Auen, who was killed in the Vietnam War.



Russell Quick, right, of Blairsville, received the Blairsville Military Service Group's lifetime achievement award from AL Hogue Jr., the group's commander.


Quick named top Legionnaire

Blairsville American Legion Post #407 has selected former First Vice Commander Russell Quick, of Blairsville, as its 2013 Legionnaire of the Year.

Quick has served in various officer positions during 23 years as an American Legion member and has not missed opportunities to recruit new members and bring past members back to a current status, according to Post Commander Bill Orr.

Quick was cited in 2012 as a recruiter and was responsible for the Post obtaining a 100 percent membership increase quota. Quick has attained that level of membership recruitment for three of the last four years.

Quick is actively involved in the Blairsville Military Service Group that conducts local military funerals and the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades and programs for the Blairsville community.

Russ Quick, center, is the 2013 Legionnaire of the Year at Blairsville's American Legion Post #407. Presenting the recognition recently were, from left, Tom Patz, Post Adjutant; Bill Smith, Post Second Vice Commander; Bill Orr, Post Commander; and Bill Swanson, Post Treasurer.


Blairsville Veterans are raising money to add plaques to a memorial wall being built at the west end of Market Street to honor area veterans. From left are Brad Hogue, Bill Orr, Jim Kissock and Bill Swanson. Kissock and Hogue presented a donation through the sale of the book "Veterans of Blairsville and Their Stories."

Blairsville family members of fallen soldier Glen Stivison Jr. were present in Pennsylvania's Capitol on ?Nov. 19, 2013, when the House passed a bill to name the interchange at routes 119 and 22 in his honor. Seen from left during the legislative session are House Speaker Sam Smith, Stivison's parents Glen and Jan, brothers Benjamin and William, and state Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana), who authored the legislation.

Post 435 Glen Campbell


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