Raise a glass to Legion Week

From left, Chesterville Legion Sergeant-At-Arms Steve Grubb, First-Vice Michael Hunt, President Gord Machardie, and executive member Peter Elliott. The balloons in the background denote the Legion's 70th anniversary. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — It’s already the midway point of Legion Week.

The Chesterville Legion kicked off this year’s week-long annual observance with a Saturday night banquet in honour of its 70th anniversary. That’s the reverse banquet order of past Legion Weeks, which have typically concluded with a big dinner, President Gord Machardie explained at the venue’s Tuesday night Legion Week wine-and-cheese. 

But while the banquet has come and gone, prospective dinner-goers can still look forward to Branch 434’s Friday evening chicken barbecue, a regular highlight event of Legion Week.

Vice-President Michael Hunt also pointed out that the local branch has already begun planning its next fundraiser event — an Oct. 29 rummage auction. An entirely new idea for the Chesterville Legion, the planned auction of donated used items — everything except for cars and machines with engines — aims to offset what the Legion must spend replacing its deteriorating asphalt-shingle roof with steel.



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