American Legion Post 225 will have busy weekend

Events planned to raise funds for 4th of July celebration, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

Any interest in helping American Legion Post 225 raise funds for this summer’s Fourth of July celebration?

How about the local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign to support both active duty troops serving their country and veterans and their families who are adjusting to civilian life?

You’ll have your chance this weekend as Post 225, 355 W. Broadway Ave. hosts a pair of events to support the two causes.

On Friday, March 23, Post 225 will host its annual fish fry and pie throwing to help support the parade and fireworks funds for the Independence Day celebration here.

On Sunday, March 25, Post 225 will host its fourth Sunday of the month breakfast buffet with proceeds going to support the community’s Yellow Ribbon campaign.

Friday Event

Friday night’s event is always a popular one as the Legion will serve up plenty of fun to go along with its fish fry that is served with baby red potatoes and coleslaw. The dinner is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $8 a plate.

Visitors can check out the silent auction items which will include many attractive items and lots of gift certificates.

The pie throwing has a long list of area dignitaries who have volunteered to take a pie in the face to support the celebration. There is a live auction collecting bids to do the pie throwing honor.

The pie throwing starts at 6:30 p.m.

Commander Krista Goodyear has lined up a number of city officials and politicians who will take it for the team.

Forest Lake Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius, who raised the most in pie pledges two years ago, is back this year to challenge other city officials. They include Mayor Chris Johnson and Council members Jim DuFour and Susan Young. City Administrator Aaron Parrish will also take his turn at catching a pie in the face.

Local State Rep. Bob Dettmer is also back this year along with County Commissioner Dennis Hegberg. No word on Monday if Sen. Ray Vandeveer would join in the fun.

Police Chief Rick Peterson, Capt. Greg Weiss and school liaison officer Jon Gladder will represent the Forest Lake Police Department. Century Junior High School teacher and veteran Lance Meier will do his part on Friday.

The pie throwing will run throughout the evening.

During the program, Commander Goodyear will announce the grand marshal and honorary grand marshals for the 88th annual Fourth of July parade and celebration.

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday’s breakfast buffet is served from 9 a.m. until noon at $7 per plate. As a fund-raiser for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, families of currently serving military personnel receive a $1 discount and children eat free.

The breakfast menu includes a build-your-own omelet, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, hash browns, french toast, fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy and coffee, milk and juice.

A visit from the Easter bunny is also expected. There will be fun and games for all the kids.

Sunday’s event is also the major kick-off for an effort by Post 225 and VFW Post 4210 in Forest Lake to collect items for troops now serving in Afghanistan.

The two posts recently received a request from Johannah Bourque, a 2007 Forest Lake High School graduate, who is a Navy corpsman attached to a Marine unit.

She is now in her second month of duty in Afghanistan.

She has asked for help in securing items in short supply for her fellow service women. Women are in need of travel-size toiletry items such as female shampoo and conditioner, female body wash, deodorant, tampons and pads, nail clippers, eye drops, Q tips, hair ties and barrettes, tooth brushes and toothpaste, sun screen, puzzle books and magazines, hand sanitizer with aloe, lip balm, sun screen, wet wipes with aloe.

The drive is also collecting items for male service members.

They include pork-free beef jerky, guy magazines and essentials such as toothpaste, sun screen, lip balm and wet wipes with aloe.

The drive is also collecting cookies, candy, snacks, nuts, tea and individual coffee packets that are in need for both men and women service members.

Collection boxes are available at both Post 225 and Post 4210, 556 SW 12th St. Area residents wishing to donate to the effort can bring items to the Legion Post on Friday night and Sunday morning during the two community events.

Cash donations to the Yellow Ribbon campaign are also being taken to help offset costs.

The collection drive will continue through Saturday, April 14.

Another Yellow Ribbon event happens on Saturday, April 7 when Post 4210 hosts a pancake and french toast breakfast from 8:30-11 a.m. The cost is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children with all proceeds going to the Yellow Ribbon program.