Saturday, July 28, 2012
American Legion Post 22 in Hood River initiated new officers July 18.
Keegan Hodges, District 5 commander, presided. The new officers are Gary Steele, commander; Jim Tomson, first vice; Rodger Schock, second vice; and Carl Casey, adjutant.
The American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1919 as a war-time veterans organization.
The American Legion was instrumental in the creation of the Veterans Administration and having the VA elevated to a cabinet-level agency and designated as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Legion is also universally recognized as the originator of the GI Bill of Rights and it continues to work to maintain the rights and benefits earned by veterans through service to their country.
Legionnaires are also deeply involved with community activities ranging from hospital services and blood drives to youth programs such as the Boy Scouts, Civic Awareness, American Legion Baseball, scholarships and the annual American Legion Boys State/Boys Nation programs.
This year, the Hood River American Legion Post 22 awarded scholarships to two Hood River Valley High School students.
Officers from Post 22 planned to attend the 4-H, FFA Market Animal Auction at the Hood River County Fair on July 27 to buy some animals in support of the youth.
All Legionnaires; all veterans; Sons of American Legion (all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion or of eligible veterans); Auxiliary members, (mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and grandmothers of members of the American Legion or of eligible veterans); their family and guests are welcome to attend the club and activities.
The Club opens at 4 p.m. Dinner is from 4:30-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
For dinner reservations at the Legion club call 541-308-0000. Walk-ins are welcome.
For membership information call 541-806-2544.
Veterans should note that Hood River County Veterans Service Officer Les Logsdon can be reached at 541-386-1080.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge