(Canastota, NY – Jan. 2012) On Nov. 29 Canastota VFW Post 600 received many thanks from the participants of the AARP Drivers Safety Course that was put on by Robert Haehl and available free to the veterans and their spouses. We thank our Ladies Auxiliary for their help putting on the free meal and refreshments. We hope it can be offered again next year.
More than 60 people were in attendance for the Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Service held. Dec. 7. Officer of the Day Bill Yorton officiated. Commander Tom Daily of Charles Miller American Legion Post 140 led their honor guard, firing squad and bugler Pete Finocchiaro in commemoration.
Past Naval Commander and Attorney Gerald Taylor gave a great speech on the events leading up to the attack at Pearl Harbor and the aftermath.
Past VFW 600 Commander Joe Carinci, who was aboard a torpedoed ship and spent approximately five hours in the water before being rescued, rang the bell for each ship that was sunk at that time. Joe was invited aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender.
Doug Ginney, Past VFW Commander and President of WAVEM, was Master of Ceremonies and introduced life member and honored veteran Al Paviglianti.
Senator David Valesky’s father Joe presented Paviglianti with awards and a proclamation, as the Senator had been called away to Albany by the Governor.
Our Ladies Auxiliary once again came through with refreshments and food for the event.
Madison County Veterans Administrator Don Smith and many top leaders from the area were in attendance. Representing the Madison County Sheriff’s department were Sheriff Allen Riley, Undersheriff John Ball, Past Commander Timothy Flynn and other officers
Also in attendance were the Town of Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica, the Town Highway Department, Fire Department, the good people representing Senator Valesky’s office and other local organizations.
Boy Scouts from Troop 43 put on a successful Spaghetti Dinner later in the day and realized approximately $650 towards their summer camp and camping equipment.
COV Director and Deputy Sheriff Joe Gaiser was the main cook and used our fallen comrade Louie Balducci’s special recipes for sauces, etc. The boys looked real sharp in their uniforms and waiting on the public.
The annual Christmas Party held Dec. 10 and hosted by our Ladies Auxiliary, was a great event with lots and lots of food, comradeship, interesting gifts and fun. Thank you all.
On Dec. 15 and 16 new updated Bingo equipment was installed and will be in operation.
We welcome new members Gerald Morton and David A. Taylor.
On Nov. 29, the VFW sponsored a driving course for Veterans and their spouses. About 40 attended. The Auxiliary prepared and served a nice luncheon for all to enjoy.
Dec. 7 was Pearl Harbor Day. After the ceremony our Auxiliary served light refreshments for those who attended.
Dec. 10 was the VFW/Auxiliary/COV Christmas Party. The friendship, exchange of gifts, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, and best of all was the supper, which as always was outstanding. We also had a can food collection as people came in. We had two large boxes full. The Opportunity Shop received them gladly.
On Dec. 13 Auxiliary members Bev Mosca, Virginia Steward, Imogene Downer, Virginia Mariano and Gerry Williamson traveled to the Veterans Hospital in Syracuse with a donation from our Auxiliary and nine lap blankets made by our own Barbra Reidy.
At our December meeting the Auxiliary voted to send $100 to the Department of NY VFW Relief Fund.
A flag was given to the Auxiliary from Jeremy Miller as a thank you for the care packages and letters he received from us. The flag had been flown during a ceremony in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2011.
Kristen and Justin Muir sent care packages to five soldiers overseas, each containing 100 signed Christmas cards. The goal is to send out a round of care packages every month. They have also collected 12 packages to be delivered to homeless veterans at LeMoyne Manor and crossword puzzles for the VA Hospital.