Dear Legion Family,

Hope y’all are having a great week. 

As you may know, the upstairs Hall floor is being refinished this week.  Special shout-out of THANKS to the SAL Team for bringing all-hands on-deck for the floor project. Also, all-send thanks to Ken Kaufman, Frazier Hunt, Dave Simmons and DPM for bathroom fixture and A/V wiring upgrades.  Great work, Gents!  The joint looks fabulous.

 Another special shout-out to Angie Gregory, Judy & Ed Bettis, John Cromp, Bob Cox, Steve Bryant and Lester Purdy for supporting our Fish Fry events this month.  THANKS! 

Sending out a call for Fish Fry Volunteers – we need your support for the upcoming Fish Fry events to be held the 1st and 3rd Fridays in November-February, followed by every Friday for Lent through end of March.   For each event, there are four teams:

  • Prep team.  Meets Thurs eve to prep the Fish, chop the potatoes. 
  • Set-up team.  Meets Thurs eve to set-up/cover tables and place chairs in the Upstairs Hall
  • Serving team.  Take/expedite orders. Work the cash register. Serve orders from the Kitchen.
  • Clean-up team.  Help clean-up afterward – kitchen and hall.

Please contact Sheri (c: (315) 730-4450, email: to sign-up for a team today.  Thanks in advance!


Reminders for this week & next:

  • Saturday Oct 28th. Luncheon hosted by Bob Cox, noon – 1:30pm.  Menu is Brats and mac salad.
  • Sat. Oct 28th, 6pm-11pm.  Post Halloween Party, hosted by the Ladies Aux.
  • Fall Raffle Tickets on sale now at the Post.  Please consider supporting the Post (tickets $20/each or 3 for $50).  Drawing is Nov. 11th.  Four great prizes:
    • First Prize: SU Football Pkg –  4 great seats on the 50 yard-line – (valued at $500)
    • Second Prize: Rifle from Tim’s Guns – (valued at $400)
    • Third Prize: SU Basketball Pkg – 4 non-conference tickets – (valued at $100)
    • Fourth Prize: Fuzzy Zoeller Vodka – Indy-500 Commemorative Bottle – (valued at $50) 
  • Next Friday. Nov 3rd.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders:  685-7614


Military Humor:    OK, ok, so I chum the water a little bit as the Army vs. Navy game approaches December 9th, (and AF plays Army on Nov. 4th!)

  • An Army football player was almost killed in a tragic horseback riding accident. He fell from the horse and was nearly trampled to death. Thank God the manager of the Walmart came out and unplugged it.
  • A Cadet and a Midshipman were strolling down the street when the Mid said, “How sad — a dead bird.” The Cadet looked up and said, “Where, where?”
  • Navy is playing Army, which has a first down with three minutes left in the half. An Army fan sets off a firecracker, and Navy, thinking it’s the end of the half, runs off the field. Three plays later, Army punts.
  • Q: Do you know why the Army football team should change its name to the “Opossums”?   A: Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road.
  • Q: Why doesn’t Army have ice on the sidelines during games?   A: The guy with the recipe graduated.
  • Q: What do you get when you breed a groundhog and a West Point Cadet?   A: Six more weeks of bad football.
  • Q: Did you hear that Army just bought twenty new septic tanks?   A: Yeah, and the Army Coach says as soon as they learn to drive them, they’re gonna invade Annapolis.


Sick Call Update:  [If you know of Legion Family members to be added/updated, please send info via reply to this email.  Thanks]. 

Please continue to join us in thoughts and prayers for:

  • Ralph & Jan Jurgensen.  Ralph is recovering at home, Jan is in therapy at The Commons.  They’re hoping to join us for Vets Day Dinner.
  • Paul Fritsch.  Is now residing at the Commons in Auburn, room 607.
  • Marshall Skiff.  Now on oxygen.  But still getting out and about.
  • Bard Conroe.  Out and about, walking three times/day.  Working on blood pressure issues/concerns.
  • Scott Piwinski.  Recovering from successful throat cancer surgery. Radiation therapy to start soon.

 Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday Oct 28th. Luncheon hosted by Bob Cox, noon – 1:30pm.  Menu is Brats and mac salad.
  • Sat. Oct 28th, 6pm-11pm.  Post Halloween Party, hosted by the Ladies Aux.
  • Thurs. Nov. 2nd, 5pm-7pm.  SKAN Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” social, hosted by Legion Post#239.
  • Fri. Nov. 3rd,  5pm-8pm.  Friday Fish Fry.  Call the Post to place your order in advance.  Eat-in or Take-out.
  • Sat. Nov. 4th, 8:30am-11am, Legion-Family SWOT Team session.
  • Wed. Nov. 8th.  6pm-9pm, CNY Vets Recognition Foundation (CNYVRF) Dinner, Welch-Allyn Lodge.  See website:
  • Sat. Nov. 11thVeterans Day Soup & Sandwich Dinner, Legion Post#239, hosted by the Ladies Aux.
  • Sat. Nov. 18th, 9am-11:30am, Legion-Family CY18 Budget Brainstorming Team session.



  • WW-I.   On October 25, 1916, French troops rejoice after recapturing Fort Douaumont, the preeminent fortress guarding the city of Verdun, under siege by the German army since the previous February.  In February 1916, the walls of Verdun were defended by some 500,000 Frenchmen. The Germans, commanded by Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn, sent 1 million men against the city, hoping for a decisive victory on the Western Front that would push the Allies towards an armistice. Fort Douaumont was a massive structure, protected by two layers of concrete over a meter thick, and surrounded by a seven-meter-deep moat and 30 meters of barbed wire. Its fall to the Germans on February 25 became an early turning point in the struggle at Verdun. From then on, Verdun became a symbolic cause the French command could not abandon: public sentiment demanded the recapture of the fortress.  If the German army sought to “bleed the French white,” in Falkenhayn’s words, the French army, under Phillipe Petain, was equally determined that the enemy would not pass at Verdun. The battle soon settled into a bloody stalemate, and over the next 10 months, the city would see some of the fiercest and costliest fighting of World War I, with a total of over 700,000 casualties. In April, Petain was replaced by Robert Nivelle, who implemented a counter-attacking strategy that enabled the French to recapture of much of their lost territory by the late fall.  Chief among these French gains was the recapture of Fort Douaumont on October 24, 1916. Under a cover of fog, French forces attacked the German-occupied fort, swarming down and taking some 6,000 German prisoners by the end of that day. “Douaumont is ours,” wrote a French staff officer who participated in the action that day.”  On December 18, 1916, Germany finally halted their attacks at Verdun, after the French captured 11,000 German soldiers over the last three days of battle.

See ya at the Post!

For God & Country,