Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249

2121 Grand Island Blvd.
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Veterans Of Foreign Wars Official Web Site
Veterans Administration Official Web Site
325th Glider Infantry Association Web Site
Charles N. DeGlopper - Web Site

VFW Officers 2006-2007: Commander Daniel B. McMahon, Senior Vice-Commander Michael Mehltretter Sr., Junior Vice-Commander Raymond Briggs, Quartermaster Richard Lozo Sr., Surgeon Levant Becker, Judge Advocate Joe Synakowski, Chaplain Michael Rogan, Trustees Jim Skindell, Jerry Korzen, Michael Cutini and Adjutant Damon Wright.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary Officers 2006: President Sue McMahon, Senior Vice-President Rose Mary Wojick Junior Vice President Lisa Lozo, Secretary Linda Lozo, Treasurer Bridget McMahon, Chaplain Terri Majewicz, Guard Kathleen Blake, Conductress Liane Dahlberg, and Trustee Joanne Lozo
VFW Mens Auxiliary Officers 2006: President Mark Gollwitzer, Senior Vice President Dave Brice, Junior Vice President Steve DeMarco, Treasurer Bruce Wojick Sr., Secretary Pat Patterson, Chaplain Don Tranter, and Conductor Rick Brice.

VFW Hosts Pearl Harbor Remembrance - 2006

(left photo) Supervisor Peter McMahon with JROTC members - Legion post #1346 Honor Guard
(left) Gun Salute - Commander Dan McMahon and Chaplain Joe Synakowski
Buglers Nicholas Ernst (left) and Michael Chauby (right)
Jodi Robinson photos - Click for larger view

   Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper V.F.W. Post #9249 hosted a Pearl Harbor Day remembrance at noon on December 7, 2006, a bright and very cold day. Units taking part were the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post #9249 VFW, American Legion Grand Island Post #1346, Disabled American Veterans Grand Island Chapter #168, and the South Park High School JROTC. Buglers were Grand Island High School freshmen Michael Chauby and Nicholas Ernst. Members of the VFW #9249 provided coffee and pastry after the service.

VFW #9249 Provides Veterans Hospitals With Televisions - December 2006

Attending the check presentation are Mark Francis, Volunteer Program Manager; Post 9249 Sr. Vice Commander Michael Mehltretter; Dennis Heberling, Acting Associate Medical Center Director; Post Commander Daniel B. McMahon; and Post Quartermaster Richard Lozo Sr.
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   The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 has purchased three televisions for the Veterans Hospitals in WNY. These specially designed televisions are for the use of the infirmed patients at their bedside. Most TVs in the hospital are over 10 years old making repairs very difficult if not impossible as there are no replacement parts. As a result, the VA has asked for donations to help replace some of the older sets. Two of the TVs are for Veterans Hospital in Buffalo and another will be going to the recently opened combined Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Women's Residential Program (WRP) facility in Batavia. During the presentation, Mark Francis and Dennis Heberling stated the TVs will go a long way to provide some comfort and enjoyment to the Veterans and thanked the Post for the donation.

Pearl Harbor Service At VFW Post - 2006

   Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249 will host a memorial service at noon, Thursday, December 7, 2006 in observance of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The community is invited to meet at the VFW Post flagpole, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. in remembrance of those who perished at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Veterans Day 2006

Photos by Rich Lozo Sr. - Click photos for larger view
   The weather was over cast with a light rain falling as the Town of Grand Island paid tribute to Veterans at a well-attended 11 a.m. ceremony at the Veterans Park Memorial Wall on Saturday, November 11th. VFW Post 9249 Chaplain Michael Rogan delivered the invocation. Welcoming remarks from Town Supervisor Peter McMahon included a tribute to the late James E. Breier Sr., a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II.
   The Niagara University ROTC Cadets presented a Living Tribute to POW/MIA's. Honor Guards from the American Legion Post #1346, the DAV Chapter #168 and the South Park High School JROTC, under the direction of 1st Sgt Dennis Carder, presented colors. Cub Scout Pack #630 acknowledged the different branches of the military with a presentation of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard service flags. Buglers Nick Ernst and Michael Chauby from the Grand Island High School Band played Taps and the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 gave a 21-gun salute in honor of Veterans here and around the world.
   Many of those at the service also attended the open house at the VFW Post 9249 where the Ladies Auxiliary hosted a brunch.

Veterans Day - Patriotism - Pride - Honor - Remembrance - November 2006
11 A.M. Ceremony
VA Urges Veterans to Wear Medals on Veterans Day

This plaque was erected by the 325 Glider Infantry Association in memory of Charles N. DeGlopper at the LaFiere Causeway in 2003.
Pvt. DeGlopper lost his life at the La Fiere Causeway at the France Merderet River at La Fiere, France, 9 June 1944
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   A Veterans Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11 at Veterans Park Memorial Wall, 1715 Bedell Road. The VFW Post 9249 Ladies Auxiliary will host an open house at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., following ceremonies.
WASHINGTON...October 18, 2006 ...The Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and leaders of major veterans organizations today called on America's veterans to help kindle a new spark of patriotism on Veterans Day by wearing the medals they earned during military service.
   "Public And Governmental Affairs" for complete article.
   For Island native and WWII hero Private Charles N. DeGlopper's story, click ""

Kelly Carrigg - Paris, France - November 2006

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   This is a group of American Veterans, all living in Paris, France, belong to the Benjamin Franklin Post #605 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Paris. Life Member of the Charles N. DeGlopper Post # 9249, Kelly Carrigg, is pictured with the group. The VFW has Posts in many foreign countries and we are all Comrades in Arms. We salute all Veterans on November the 11th, Veterans Day. If you Love your Freedom, THANK A VET !!!
   We Salute ALL VETERANS of all Wars on November 11th. Ceremonies will be held at the Veterans Memorial Wall, Veterans Park, Bedell Road at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 11, 2006. The public is invited and urged to attend these services.

Veterans Day Service - 2006

   A Veterans' Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11 at Veterans Park Memorial Wall, 1715 Bedell Road. The VFW Post 9249 Ladies Auxiliary will host an open house at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., following ceremonies.

Hot Turkey Sandwich Day At VFW - 2006

   The Ladies Auxiliary of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 will host a Hot Turkey Sandwich Day, Saturday, November 18, 2006. Sandwiches will be served from 4-6 p.m. A plate for $5.00 includes Hot Turkey Sandwich with homemade gravy, cranberry sauce and chips with coffee or tea. A dessert table will be available. There will be an Early Bird Special from 4-5 p.m. for $4.50. Proceeds will benefit the VA Hospital Holiday Dinner. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Benefit Set For Family of Late George Backlund - 2006

   Friends of the Late George Backlund are sponsoring a fundraiser for his family from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2006 at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island NY. The afternoon will feature music, prizes, raffles and a Chinese auction. Food donations and baskets for the raffles are welcome. For more information contact either Sue or Steve at 773-6343.

VFW Post #9249 Announces Island's 911 Vigil - 2006

   In remembrance of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, a Vigil will be held at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island at 7 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2006. All members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America and Citizens of Grand Island, are urged to attend this most important Memorial Service.
   "We pray for the Troops who are in harms way, serving our nation against the threat of terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe. They are in our prayers and in our hearts. Please take a few minutes to attend the Vigil on September 11th at 7 p.m."
   The 911 Vigil is being sponsored by the VFW #9249.

5th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise - 2006

Bill and Marge Schaffer's 1957 Chevy Bel Air

(left) Elisha Banks with Best Cadillac trophy; David Gross of Gross Contracting presents his sponsor trophy to Jim Costanzo (1969 Cadillac)

(left) Richard Lozo Sr. receives trophy for Best Mustang (1969 Mustang); Bill Schaffer receives trophy from Commander Dan McMahon
Dan McMahon Photos - click for larger view

Dan McMahon Photos - click for larger view
   The 5th annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise was staged at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 on a warm and muggy Sunday afternoon, July 30, 2006. Participants came from New York, Pennsylvania, Canada and several other states with their cars and trucks representing what seemed like every make and model, some restored to original condition and others modified.
   Of the 114+ entries, more than 20 were Grand Island owners, many of which drove away with trophies. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Town Boys & Girls Summer Camp.
   The Fuccillo Chevrolet sponsored trophy went to Jim and Gayle Budrey, Niagara Falls, Ontario, for their 1952 “Jade” Custom.
   The Gross Contracting sponsored trophy went to Jim Costanzo for his 1941 Ford Coupe.
   The VFW sponsored trophy was presented to Islanders, Bill and Marge Schaffer for their 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
   Other Island winners:
Best of the show
Tom Arrigo - 73 MGB
Paul Malecki - 49 Mercury
Special Interest
Pam Arrigo - 70 MGB
Goldie Prame - 1940 Plymouth Pick-up
Greg Lambert - 19696 El Camino
Best Buick
Don and Lynne Hollfelder - 1957 Buick
Best Dodge Dan Mancuso - 1971 Dodge R/T Challenger.
Best Corvette
1st place - Ron Stanke - 1971 Vette
2nd place - David Flaim - 1978 Corvette
3rd place - Gene Swanson - 2002 Corvette
Best Cadillac Elisha Banks - 1978 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
Best Chevrolet Leo Ricci - 1964 Impala Super Sport
Best Ford
1st place - Keith Hoppel - 1964 ½ Mustang
Best Mustang
Richard and JoAnne Lozo Sr. - 1969 Mustang
Best Camaro
Jim Barolotto - 1969 Camaro Z-28.
Best of the show foreign
Rich and Sue Magro - 1966 Austin Healey

Fuccillo Auto Park Donates To VFW July 4th Event - June 2006

Shown (left) are VFW Quartermaster Richard Lozo Sr., Tom Kanaley and VFW Commander Dan McMahon
Mary Stewart Photo - Click photo for larger view

   Tom Kanaley, General Manager of Fuccillo Chevrolet, presented a check to the members of Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 as a Silver Sponsor for the VFW's Annual open house and fund raiser. Receiving the check are Commander Dan McMahon and Quartermaster Richard Lozo, Sr. The money will be used to promote the VFW's community, veterans benefit programs and offset the rising costs associated with the annual event.

VFW, Moose To Host Benefit For Barbara Coady - 2006

   The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 and the members of the Moose Lodge #180 will host a benefit for Barbara Coady, wife of the late Robert Coady, a member of the VFW who passed away in May. The event is being held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15th in the VFW Post Pavilion, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Tickets at $10 are available at VFW Post 9249, Moose Lodge #180, T/C's Tavern and the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club. The afternoon will feature music, refreshments, 50/50's, Chinese auction and children's games. For more information call Debbie at 773-6343.

5th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise At VFW - 2006

   The 5th Annual Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise will be held Sunday, July 30, 2006 at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. from noon to 4 p.m.
   The cruise is being sponsored by Fuccillo Chevrolet and Gross Plumbing. Gates open at 10 a.m. and judging begins at 1 p.m. There is no admission.
   Awards will be presented at 4:15 p.m. along with Dash Plaques to the first 200 cars. There will be over 75 awards, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
   Those attending will enjoy the live music of "Big Wheelie and the Hub Caps" from 1-4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Town Boys & Girls Summer Camp.

VFW Independence Day Picnic Tickets On Sale - 2006

   Presale of tickets are now on sale at the Post after 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and after 12 p.m. on Sundays for the annual VFW Independence Day Picnic scheduled for Monday, July 4, 2006. Tickets are $1 each in strips of 10 for $10.
   The VFW Post 9249's Independence Day Picnic and open house will be held immediately after the town's 9:30 a.m. July 4, 2006 parade. The day will include clams, corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage, beer and soft drinks and music as well as children's events and a children's midway of games. Food and beverages will be by pre-purchased ticket only. Numerous ticket booths are to be set up throughout the area and sufficient staffing is planned.
   This is a real All-Island reunion and the place to meet friends from here and those who are in town for the holiday. Daniel McMahon is the chairman of this year's Independence Day picnic and open house. Contact Dan at the Post 773-6343 or by email to:
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VFW Ladies/Men's Auxiliary To Hold Chicken BBQ To Benefit Neighbors Foundation - 2006

   A Chicken BBQ with proceeds to benefit the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation will be offered by the Men's and Ladies' Auxiliaries of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. The chicken dinner, which will include salads and Bread and Butter, will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday June 3, 2006 at the post. Take-outs will be available. Cost of dinner is $7 or $6.50 for seniors.

Memorial Day Services & Gravesite Services - 2006

   Memorial Day services will be held at the PFC. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park, Grand Island Blvd. and Baseline Road at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2006. The residents of Grand Island are urged to attend these services to honor our fallen comrades who gave the ultimate sacrifice, while serving our country. "Show your appreciation by attending these solemn services. We thank the members of the Armed Forces presently serving our country, those missing in action, and the veterans who kept our nation free."
   The Honor Guard of the Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post #9249 Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct gravesite services at the following locations on May 29, 2006 - times approximate:
• Whitehaven Cemetery - East River Rd. (near Holiday Inn) 7:40-7:50 a.m.
• Maple Grove Cemetery - (resting place of C. N. DeGlopper) Stony Point near Whitehaven Rd. 7:55-8:05 a.m.
• Staley Cemetery - West River Rd near Staley - 8:15-8:25 a.m.
• Assumption Cemetery - Whitehaven Rd, near 4th St. - 8:30-8:40 a.m.
• Trinity Cemetery - Whitehaven Rd. next to Old Trinity Church 8:45-8:55 a.m.
• St. Stephen's Cemetery - Baseline Rd, next to Old St. Stephen's Church - 9-9:10 a.m.

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest Winners Receive Awards - May 2006

Left: VFW Commander Dan McMahon, 1st place winner Andrew Sharpe, Kathie Mehltretter Contest Chairwoman and Ladies Auxiliary President Kathleen Blake
Right: VFW Commander Dan McMahon, 2nd place winner Christopher Damiani, Kathie Mehltretter Contest Chairwoman and Ladies Auxiliary President Kathleen Blake
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   The VFW 9249 Ladies Auxiliary, Tuesday evening, May 16, 2006 following their meeting, presented first place and second place awards to Andrew Sharpe and Christopher Damiani respectively. Andrew was presented with $100 first place prize and Chris was presented with a$50. second place prize.
   In accepting his first place award, Andrew stated he will be attending Buffalo State for Fine Arts next year. When asked when he started to draw seriously, Andrew doesn't recall a specific time. He said he has been drawing for a long time. Japanese and Tibetan illustrations are currently the focus of Andrew's interests.
   Chris is planning to attend Daemen College in the fall with a major in Art Education and a minor in Graphic Design. Following college Chris would like to become a teacher and help other students develop their skills and talents as his teachers have done for him. Click for complete "Contest Information."

VFW Ladies Auxiliary To Host Day Of Home Parties - 2006

   The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Ladies Auxiliary will host a Day Of Home Parties from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17th at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., across from Tops Market. Choose from Home Interiors, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple Avon, Purses and Jewelry. The public is invited.

Island Students Win Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest - May 2006

1st place entry in State competition by Andrew Sharpe

2nd place entry in State competition by Chris Damiani

      Dan McMahon Photos - Click photo for larger view

   The VFW Post #9249 Ladies Auxiliary announced state winners of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art competition who first competed in the District Four level (Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany and Erie counties). The first place winner in State competition is Andrew Sharpe, a Grand Island High School senior. Andrew won the County, District and Department (State) level.
   Christopher Damiani placed 2nd in the state and is also a GIHS senior. The Ladies Auxiliary will recognize and present prizes to the winning Island artists at a reception at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at the post.
   We are hoping to know the National level winner by next Tuesday at the Ladies Auxiliary meeting," a spokesman for the Auxiliary said this week.

Annual Buddy Poppy Campaign Benefits Needy Veterans - 2006

   Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9249 and its Auxiliaries will be distributing Buddy Poppies at the following Grand Island locations during business hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 25-27, 2006.:
• Tops Store, 2140 Grand Island Blvd.
• HSBC Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd.
• M&T Bank, 2381 Grand Island Blvd.
• Wilson Farms Store, 1787 Love Rd.
   The VFW bylaws require the proceeds be used right here in our community for the veterans and veterans' families in need.
   In 1923, the VFW was the first veterans organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of Poppies assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. That tradition continues today, with more than 14 million Poppies assembled by paid, disabled and hospitalized veterans each year. Nationally, the members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries raise more than $15 million annually from the distribution of Buddy Poppies.
   The VFW, founded in 1899, is the nation's oldest major veterans organization with more than 1.9 million members.

VFW's 100th Week Shipping Packages To Military Personnel Overseas - May 2006

Left: Postal worker Nancy Kanavel receives package from Liane Dahlberg.
Right: Lee and Mary Becker, Liane Dahlberg, VFW Adjutant Joe Synakowski and VFW Commander Dan McMahon. Postal worker Nancy Kanavel is shown in the back.
      Jodi Robinson Photos - Click photo for larger view

   Tuesday, May 2, 2006 . . .Today is a very significant day for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 along with the VFW Post and its Men's Auxiliary. Today marks the 100th consecutive week the Post has shipped a CARE package to an area service man or woman stationed overseas. Through the leadership of Liane Dahlberg, a CARE package has been shipped each and every week for the past 99 weeks. The Post and auxiliaries have sent CARE packages for several years under different coordinators and sometimes obtaining names and addresses has been a difficult job. Lee, who has been able to send a CARE Package to individual service personnel for 100 weeks, has worked very hard to obtain a new address for her weekly shipment. The VFW Post #9249 also expresses appreciation to Mary Becker for her assistance with the program, along with the Grand Island DAV Chapter #168, the Grand Island American Legion Post #1346 and the VFW's Operation UpLink for their donations of money and/or items for these CARE packages. Clothing, toiletries, skin care products, and paper and pens are just some of the items being sent each and every week. "There is often a very special gift and a personal note packed in the box, just to say thank you," VFW Commander Dan McMahon said today. "Our effort will continue as long as there are service personnel in harms way anywhere in the world," he said.

VFW Post #9249 Announces Officers For Coming Year - 2006

   Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 held their annual election of officers on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. The following will serve the Post for the coming year:
• Commander Daniel McMahon
• Senior Vice Commander Dennis Carder
• Junior Vice Commander Ray Briggs
• Quartermaster Richard Lozo Sr.
• Judge Advocate Joseph Synakowski
• Chaplain Michael Rogan
• Surgeon Levant Becker
• Trustee Mike Cutini.
    Installation of officers will be held during the June meeting.

VFW Men's Auxiliary To Offer Fish Fry - 2006

   The VFW Men's Auxiliary will serve a Fish Fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2006 at the VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Senior citizen special offered from 4-5 p.m. Details will be posted as they become available.

VFW Ladies To Host St. Pat's Dinner - 2006

   Members of the VFW Post #9249 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a St. Patrick's Day Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2006 at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
   Menu will consist of delicious corned beef and cabbage, with potatoes, rye bread, and coffee. Desserts will be available. Cost is adults/$7.50, seniors/$7, and those under 12 at $4.50. A 50/50 split drawing and other raffles.

VFW Member LTC Kelly Carrigg Presents US Flag Flown Over Iraq - February 2006

Displaying the Flag are (left) Post Commander Dan McMahon,
Senior Vice Commander Butch Backlund, LTC Kelly Carrigg,
Honor Guard Captain Gerry Korzen, Lee Dahlberg and Judge Advocate Joe Synakowski.
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view

Long time friends Joseph Synakowski and LTC Kelly Carrigg
Dan McMahon Photo - Click photo for larger view

   LTC Kelly Carrigg, US Army with the 82nd Air Borne Division has recently returned from an Iraq deployment. While stationed at Ft, Bragg, Kelly met Joe and Marilyn Synakowski, became friends and visited one another during Kelly’s Army career. Since meeting the Synakowskis, Kelly has wanted to join the Island's VFW and when learning she was being deployed to Iraq, asked Joe for a membership application to join the VFW Post 9249. One of the requirements of membership is being in an area of combat as designated by the Department of Defense. When Kelly was in Iraq for the required, minimum, 30 days, she completed her application and sent it to the Post for action. Kelly is now a life member of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249.
   While at Camp Victory, Iraq, Kelly had a United States Flag flown and recently presented it to the members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 and the VFW Auxiliaries. Kelly’s request is that the Flag be flown at the post.
   LTC Carrigg is originally from Hamburg, New York, growing up along the shores of Lake Erie and attending local schools. Kelly enlisted the U. S. Army 17 years ago and her career has taken her to many bases and schools. She has taught at United States Military Academy, was stationed in Germany and attended SUNY-UB while in the service. Her most recent promotion to Lt. Colonel was on January 1, 2006 while stationed with the Headquarters of the Multi-National Corps at Camp Victory in Iraq. Kelly was home in Hamburg for the last few weeks visiting family and friends. She will be returning to Ft. Bragg for another assignment.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary Announces 6th Annual Pierogi Sale - 2006

   Members of the VFW Post #9249 Ladies Auxiliary will hold their 6th annual Homemade Pierogi Sale on Saturday, April 8, 2006 after 4 p.m. at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Due to the overwhelming success in the past, only prepaid orders can be filled. Pre-ordering at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., after 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and after noon on Sundays. Pre-Orders accepted until April 1st, 2006 ($7/dozen and $4.50/half dozen) will reserve your order. Choices this year are (1) Farmer's Cheese & Chives, (2) Sauerkraut and Mushrooms and (3) Potato and Cheddar Cheese & Onion.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary To Hold Spaghetti Dinner - 2006
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249 VFW will hold a Spaghetti Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2006 in the Post Hall, Grand Island Blvd. A Senior Special is offered from 4-5 p.m. at $6. An "All You Can Eat" dinner is $6.50. Extra Meat Balls will be $.75 each, and the delicious sauce cooked ribs are $1 each. Hostesses are Donna Briggs and Mary Patterson. Sauce by Chef Bill Shicluna.

VFW Ladies Meet State President - November 2005

Shown are Sue McMahon, Terri Majewicz, Kathy Blake, Liane Dahlberg, State Ladies Auxiliary President Christine Merriweather, Rosemary Wojick, Dawn Mastorolli
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   The Department of New York VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Christine Merriweather, was honored at a dinner sponsored by the Erie County Council Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW held on November 29, 2005 at the Harvey D. Morin Post, West Seneca. In attendance from the Grand Island Auxiliary were Senior Vice President Sue McMahon, Chaplain Terri Majewicz, President Kathy Blake, Conductress Liane Dahlberg, Guard Rosemary Wojick, and Dawn Mastorolli.

173 Airborne Brigade In Afghanistan Sends Gift - February 2006
Lee Dahlberg's "Care Packages For the Troops" Project Deeply Appreciated
(left) Ladies Auxiliary President Kathy Blake, Post Quartermaster Richard Lozo Sr. Lee Dahlberg and Ladies' Sr. Vice President Sue McMahon

Dan McMahon Photos - Click photos for a larger view.
    Lee Dahlberg received a special thank you from our service personnel in the Middle East. Lee has spearheaded the combined efforts of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 and the Grand Island DAV Chapter #168 in sending over 183 “Care Packages” to our troops station in the Middle East. Lee recently received a letter and a beautiful throw from Grand Island’s Capt. Jonathan Monti, United States Army, on behalf of the men and women of the 173 Airborne Brigade, stationed in Afghanistan. The Unit is nearing a year-long deployment in Afghanistan and wanted to say a special thank you to Lee for all of the time and energy she has put into the very thoughtful "Care Packages" this unit has received during the past year. In part, the letter said “Just wanted to take some time to extend my thanks to all of you for your support". . . . "I have included a small token of my appreciation on behalf on My soldiers. Your support and encouragement only serve to strengthen our resolve.” Capt. Jonathan Monti USA.

VFW Announces Memorial Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors - 2006

   Members of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 are promoting the availability of a Peter P Tycz II Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the US Army Green Beret who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2002. For complete information on the scholarship, designed for a graduating high school senior, click

Sarah Neville Places 4th In VFW’s State Level Patriot’s Pen Contest - 2006

   January 25, 2006 . . .The Department of New York VFW announced the State Level Patriot’s Pen contest winners this week. They included 4th place winner Sarah E. Neville of Timberlink Drive, winner of the Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post, Erie County’s Council and the VFW 6th District levels of competition. According to a spokesman from the local VFW Post #9249, the Department judges had a very difficult time judging the entries as they were all well qualified to be winners. Sarah and the other entrants will be honored at a reception, Monday evening, January 30th at the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Also being honored will be the entrants in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy scholarship contest.

VFW Ladies Sponsor February Spaghetti Dinner - 2006

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 will host their All You Can Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, February 25th from 4-7 p.m. or until sold out. The dinner at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., will cost $6.50 per person with an Early Bird senior citizen special $6.00, from 4-5 p.m. Also available will be extra meat balls at $.75 each and sauce cooked ribs at $1.00 each. For more information call the Post 773-6343.

VFW Ladies Sponsor January Souper Soup Night - 2006

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 will host their All You Can Eat Soup and Salad Nite from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Post 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Cost is $5. An Early Bird Special will be held from 4-5 p.m. at the reduced price of $4.50. The event will feature Turkey Noodle, Beef Barley and Potato Ham Soup.

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