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Military veteran to speak at 77th flag raising ceremony
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:13

Chief Master Sergeant Wade L. Gaston, a 24-year military veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, will be the keynote speaker at the East Toledo Club’s 77th annual Memorial Day service Monday morning at Pearson Park.

The public is invited to the event, which will start with a 7:30 a.m. flag raising and playing of Taps in front of the Packer Hammersmith Center. The Color Guard and Rifle Squad consisting of members from local VFW and American Legion Posts will raise the flag.

A breakfast will follow at Macomber lodge, followed by CMSgt. Gaston’s speech.

CMSgt. Gaston currently holds the position of State Human Resource Advisor for the State of Ohio assigned to Beightler Armory at State Headquarters in Columbus.

CMSgt. Gaston has been deployed to assignments in Germany, England and Turkey. He was assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, based in Swanton.

 
Second annual Maumee River Paddlequest/ecotour in June
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:12

The Western Lake Erie WaterKeeper Association, in cooperation with FreshWater Futures and RiverLures livery, is hosting its second annual morning paddlequest and ecotour on the Maumee River on Sunday, June 6, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The two hour event will feature a naturalist from Maumee Bay State Park, Dana Bollin, who will highlight the bird life, ecololgy and history of the river along the route.

The day will begin at Farnsworth Metropark, located along US 24 in Waterville, where participants will get a continental breakfast, then car-pool to Grand Rapids, and the RiverLures canoe livery. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rent at a discounted rate of $18 per boat, along with life vests, paddles, and shuttle service. Participants may choose to bring their own personal watercraft. The flotilla will travel approximately five miles downstream to Farnsworth Metropark, where it will be treated to a lavish lunch.

 
Honoring Confederate’s grave
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:10

Passers-by may have thought the Confederate Army had been reformed and was using Willow Cemetery in Oregon as a staging area.

General Robert E. Lee, as portrayed by Chuck Eberle, of Van Wert, O., and 15 local “confederates” conducted a ceremony May 16 at the grave of John E. Moser, the only known veteran of the Confederate Army buried at the cemetery, to replace a marker noting his service.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute and the firing of two canons as Eberle placed a Confederate States of America marker next to Moser’s tombstone.  Age and weather had deteriorated a previous marker.

Eberle, a descendant of General Lee, had noticed the broken marker during a visit to the cemetery last year while attending the OregonFest celebration. He organized the replacement ceremony.

 
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