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Veteran on a mission to help Agent Orange victims
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 15:03

If you’ve had a conversation with Donald Measel recently, chances are the topic has drifted to Agent Orange, herbicides used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and bushes that could conceal those fighting U.S. forces.

Measel, the sergeant-at-arms of American Legion Post 324 in Genoa, has been on a mission to inform Vietnam veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange - and anyone who can pass the word to them - about assistance that is available.

For the past few months or so he’s been wearing a cap with emblems of his service in Vietnam, hoping it will draw a comment from anyone he meets and give him an opening to discuss what has become his personal crusade; to alert as many veterans of the war as he can there is help if they need it.

“If you start talking with me about Vietnam you’re going to get an earful,” said Measel, who served there for 11 months while in the Army. “I tell anyone who served in country and feels they have medical conditions caused by Agent Orange they should re-apply for help if they’ve been turned down.”

 
Dig into summer at 16th annual Oregon Fest
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 15:03

Wanna feel the sand between your toes?

Watch a 13-year-old mesmerize you with his magic skills? 

Have a blast – literally – as Civil War-era cannons fire off?

Oregon Fest has all that plus entertainment, food and more.

The 16th annual event will be held on the 16th of May from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road in Oregon between Coy Road and Isaac Street.

As always, admission to the family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration is free. Tents will be set up so that festival-goers can enjoy themselves rain or shine.

This year’s theme, “Digging into Summer” will be accentuated by a mountain of sand piled high for the free “Big Dig” contest featuring buried “treasure eggs” containing prizes.

 
Memorial Day - Oregon to honor those who have served
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 15:01

Although the Oregon and Jerusalem Township Memorial Day observance is open to all veterans and the public, an organizer of the event is particularly extending a welcome to veterans who’ve served in the last 20 years.

The observance is scheduled for May 30 at 1 p.m. at the stadium at Clay High School on Seaman Street.

Jerry Eversman hopes the event will especially draw younger veterans and their families.

“I’m told the trend seems to be most of the time veterans tend to be more involved with organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion after their families are raised and they have more time available,” Eversman said. “If the younger veterans wait until that time in their life my fear is there won’t be the support there for those organizations and they could go under. The number of veterans from World War II and Korea is less and less each day.”

He established the website oregonareaveterans.com as a vehicle for veterans “to make themselves known and be recognized” and to communicate with the community and veteran organizations, he said.

 
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