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mission blue Star honors veterans

The American Legion Riders deliver Blue Star Banners to families of service men and women.

by tony roemmele

When young adults dedicate their lives to protect and serve their country in the U.S. military, it can mean their parent is hugging their son or daughter for the last time. Bob Clark wants these parents to know how much the service of their children is appreciated. Clark is chairman of the Blue Star Banner program from the Junior Wyse West Unity American Legion Post 669. This program delivers Blue Star Banners to the parents and families who currently have a daughter or son serving in the U.S. military. Clark, with the help of Perry Marvin, director of the American Legion Riders, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that support U.S. veterans and veterans organizations, delivers these banners during their riding season, rain or shine. Clark and Marvin, both Army veterans, say they now serve their country in a different way. They started the program in August of 2006 and since that time their group has delivered 790 Blue Star Banners,

98 last year alone. “We have traveled as far as Findlay, and will go anywhere as long as we can get there and back in one day without having to get a hotel room,” stated Clark. This group of women and men have also delivered 40 Gold Star Banners to families who have lost a child while  serving their   country. “It’s the mission of the day and we touch many lives,” stated Marvin. To support this program, the group has an annual poker run to raise money to purchase the banners. Motorcycle enthusiasts come from all over Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to support the fundraiser. The rides have been recognized as being very emotional and uplifting. If you or someone you know would like to have a Blue or Gold Star Banner delivered, at no cost to you, or would like to make a donation to the Mission Blue Star program, call Bob Clark at 419-262-003.

Deb Chany Day Proclaimed

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough presents a proclamation during the Sylvania City Council meeting to Deb Chany, left, declaring June 17 ‘Deb Chany Day’ in the city of Sylvania in appreciation for all she has done for the community. Chany retired June 30 after serving as the executive director of Sylvania Community Action Team. During her tenure, she was instrumental in obtaining national and state grants to further help develop the substance abuse prevention efforts in Sylvania, also creating partnerships with several organizations that have had an impact on the safety of youth. She is viewed as a leader in northwest Ohio on drug prevention education and awareness activities. The following day, Chany received a commendation from the Sylvania Township Trustees.

Tony Roemmele is a Sylvania American Legion Rider

Hiding Kindness rocks

A group of children participate in Mindful Mondays with Cassandra at California Yoga. Following a discussion on kindness, the kids painted rocks with various positive messages. On June 17, the group went around downtown Sylvania leaving the messages in some hidden spots. Keep an eye out. Some are hidden in the cracks of trees, gardens, window sills and more. The kids learned that kindness has many forms and know that kindness “rocks.” –by Mary Helen Darah


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