Honor Flight scaling back on applications
Citing a long waiting list coupled with a shortage in funding, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio is scaling back on the acceptance of veteran applications for flights to Washington, D.C.
The organization will continue to accept applications from World War II veterans who have not already seen the World War II Memorial. Applications for veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars will not be accepted.
In making the announcement, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio cited the volume of applications being submitted and the number of veterans currently on the waiting list (over 600 as of late June), along with a decrease in overall funding and an increase in flight costs, which is currently just over $72,000 per trip.
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has one more flight scheduled for 2013, set for Oct. 9. Two flights are currently being planned for 2014.
Veterans who have not yet applied to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio should note that there are several other Honor Flight “hubs” in Ohio, including Flag City Honor Flight (Findlay); Honor Flight CAK (Akron/Canton); Honor Flight Cleveland; Honor Flight Columbus; Honor Flight Dayton and Honor Flight Tri-State (Cincinnati).
Information on the various Honor Flight “hubs” is available online at www.honorflight.org/programs/allregionalhubs.cfm.
Grant applicant meeting
A meeting for applicants of the Sandusky County Communities Foundation’s 2013 Community Grant Program will be held Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Sandusky County Communities Foundation office, located at 1247 Napoleon St., Fremont.
Applicants are required to attend the meeting before submitting an application. Eligible applicants include non-profit, charitable organizations designated with a 501(c)(3) status or governmental agencies and political subdivisions. Grants must serve Sandusky County residents.
The Foundation encourages proposals for projects that enhance cooperation and collaboration among Sandusky County organizations, strengthen an organization’s capacity to serve the community, leverage other resources, yield substantial community benefits, and serve a broad segment of the community. Youth-driven service projects are encouraged to apply through Building Community Together, the youth division of the Sandusky County Communities Foundation.
Verandah Concert set
The Cottonwood Jam String Band will offer up “rollicking stew of American roots music” at the next Hayes Presidential Center Verandah Concert, set for July 10 at 7 p.m. on the grounds of Spiegel Grove.
Admission to the outdoor family event is free, thanks to sponsorship from Fremont Federal Credit Union.
Attendees are reminded to bring their own seat and come prepared for the weather. In the event of thunderstorms, the concert will be canceled. Everyone also is invited to take part in an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social that begins at 6:45 p.m.
The Cottonwood Jam String Band, formed in 2008, plays a repertoire of Bluegrass, 19th- and early 20th-century folk, Appalachian, gospel, Irish, and Cajun music. The band includes leader Spencer Cunningham, who plays banjo, guitar and mandolin; guitarist Mary Clayton; fiddler Renata Burgett and bass player Tahree Lane.
For more information, visit www.rbhayes.org.