SOMERSET — Leo Ryan Post #58 of Somerset invites all area scout troops, ball teams, churches, community clubs, schools, fraternal organizations, etc. to help observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 26.

The parade will start at 8 a.m.with formation at the American Legion on East Gay Street beginning at 7 a.m. Jerry Emmert of the Sons-of-the-Legion will be in charge of line-up.

The parade will go to Holy Trinity Cemetery, back to the Public Square, then to East Main Street, to North High Street, and to Somerset Cemetery. The parade will then go the Lutheran Cemetery on West Gay Street, then back to the Public Square for the address, prayer, music, and a final salute by the Leo Ryan 58 Color Guard and Firing Squad. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Tim Russell, a member of Leo Ryan Squadron 58 Sons-of-the-Legion. Father Steve Carmody from Holy Trinity and St. Joseph Catholic Churches will give the opening prayer. The names of veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day will be read by Russell.

After the final salute on the Square, Post 58 members, Veterans, SAL, Auxiliary, and others will be conducting services at Somerset Memorial Park, St. Joseph Cemetery, Community Gardens, New Reading Cemetery, and the Lutheran Cemetery on North Market Street. The Post will also pick another cemetery in Reading Township to visit.

The Firing Squad and other Post members will return to the Post where Terri Reichley and the Auxiliary will serve lunch. The luncheon is for Post 58 members, SAL, and Auxiliary who participated in the parade and visiting cemeteries. Members attending are asked to bring deviled eggs, relish tray items, salads, cheese balls, etc.

All local politicians are invited to participate but due to the sensitive nature on the holiday, the Post asks there not be any campaigning or passing out of candy or materials. There will be no motorcycles nor three or four wheelers allowed.

There will be no parking on East Gay Street on Monday, May 26th to allow for the parade line-up. Sunday, May 25 Post 58 members, SAL, and Auxiliary and their families will attend the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church as a group.

After the Memorial Address is over, all Vietnam Veterans are asked to come to the monument for a group photo. You do not have to belong to the Legion.

Somerset HS alumni

Somerset High School Alumni banquet will be held Saturday, June 14 ,at the Sheridan High School cafetorium. A reception will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. with refreshments and a photographer available.

Registration begins at 2:30 followed by a buffet at 4 p.m. Cost is $14 per person plus member and associate dues of $3. Payment for dinner and dues must accompany reservations and be sent to: Janet Hursey Koehler-Wade, secretary, 7189 Zion Road NW, Somerset, Ohio 43783 by May 31. If you have questions, call President Dave McGaughey at (740) 743-1837 or (740) 743-2450. Classes to be honored this year are those graduating in years ending in “4” or “9.”

Auxiliary meeting

Leo Ryan Unit 58 Auxiliary met Wednesday, May 7, in the Legion Hall with 21 members in attendance. Meeting was opened by President Sue Noll with pledge to the flag, reciting of the preamble and a prayer by Pug Noll.

Secretary Michelle Monty read minutes of the last meeting and gave officer roll call. Treasurer Pug Noll gave her report on the Poppy and General Funds.

President Noll told members she had taken out the certificates and $50 checks to the six Americanisim winners at Sheridan. Winners were: 12th grade – Robert Krueger and Samantha Miller, 11th grade – Rhett Colley and Kaydie Cade, 10th grade – Christopher Hug and Haley Wilson.

A letter was received from the Perry County 4-H on their seventh annual 4-H gold scramble which will be held on Saturday, June 14 at White Tail Golf Course. The unit made a $100 donation.

Committee of Mary Smith, Pug Noll and Sue Noll will make the decision on purchases needed for the kitchen. They will report back to the membership on any major purchases.

Poppy Chairman Lauren Cenky was given a round of applause although she was not at the meeting. The first Poppy Ball brought in over $4,000 which included door receipts, 50/50 and an auction.

The Poppy Walk will be held May 21 with members going door to door in Somerset for donations towards the Poppy Fund which help Veterans and their families.

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 26, with a parade starting at 8 a.m. sharp leaving from the Legion post. Members are to wear their auxiliary Polo or any plain red shirt and navy pants. Members are needed to march, help with flowers, help with food and clean up. Everyone attending the luncheon should bring a covered dish, salad, veggies, deviled eggs, etc.

A trough will be behind the post for anyone wishing to donate flowers. Bring them early as members will need to fill baskets by 7:30 a.m. for Veterans to take to cemeteries during the parade.

Post 58 members, Auxiliary and SAL will attend church as a group on Sunday, May 25, at St. Joseph’s 8 a.m. Mass. Refreshments will be available before church.

Thank You’s were received from Mary Ann McGreevy, Peg Henery and Mary Smith.

Members discussed the Annual July raffle with proceeds going to the Somerset July Celebration Committee. It was noted by Crystal Jourdan that this will be the 30th year for the celebration. The unit voted to spend $400 on items for the raffle which will include a gas grill.

The meeting was closed with everyone reciting the Lord’s Prayer. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 4 in the Legion Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Open ban burn continues

The State of Ohio Open Burn Ban continues from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. through May 31. No open burning should occur during the ban in the unincorporated areas of Perry County.

The Villages of Perry County may have additional restrictions.

For more information, contact Jim Mickey, Perry County Firewise Ohio Coordinator, at 743-2613 and leave a message to receive a return call.

Address marking

Several recent fire and EMS responses have been delayed throughout Perry County due to the lack of proper posting of the numeric address at the public roadway.

Please help your Public Safety Services Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement by posting your address number, clearly visible from both directions, at the access of your lane to the township, county, or state road.

Remember, your local Fire and EMS response may be from either end of your driveway, not necessarily from the direction that your mail is delivered.

For more information, contact Mickey, Perry County Firewise Ohio Coordinator, at 743-2613 and leave a message to receive a return call.

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