Before we begin this column and before I hear from him, I must apologize to Tony Salembene of the Korony Post for butchering the spelling of his name. I put (i’s) where (e’s) belong. With all those e’s he must be High Italian. Sorry Tony.
Last week my Boosters held a Children’s Christmas Party at the Post. Some twenty of our kids showed up. Many thanks to Mary Dennehy, her Sister Maureen Sciuto, Victor Sedoruk, Kathy Campbell, who was Santa’s Elf and Santa himself, Dennis Condon. All went well until my great grandson, Isaiah sat on Santa’s lap. The kid howled, I think Santa pinched him. All the kids got gifts. Pizza, snacks and soda was served.
Speaking of Santa, his red suit was sent out for dry cleaning. (I think last year’s Santa may have spilled some beer). Liam Hiney took it to the American Cleaners and Tailors at Tremont and Randall. They cleaned it and did not charge us because we are a Veteran’s Organization and work with present and former military. A big shout out thank you to them.
You know that this Post is sponsoring Able Troop, 3-71 Cavalry Squadron, 10th Mountain Division. I received word that this Platoon is comprised of 19 soldiers with the Troop around 70. They are all men 19-22 years of age. (Well it is a young man’s game.) Leading them is 1LT Sean Mahard aptly assisted by SFC Nilon a three deployment veteran with tons of experience.
I am in contact with the Lieutenant via e-mail and am getting ready to send over goodies. Anyone wanting to help out in this, give me a call at the Post at (718) 822-8873 or my cell: (914) 400-3756. I listed the acceptable items last week. These folks are shipping out next month.
Before I forget, I want to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Kwanzaa which ever applies. This is the time of office parties and celebrations, so buckle up, stay off the cell while driving because the police are out in force. As Dean Martin said, “If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt”.
On December 20, 1803, the US took title to Louisiana. That was the Louisiana Purchase. Remember?
South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union in 1860.
On the same date in 1920, the #6 Middletown to Pelham Bay stations opened.
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock December 20, 1620.
Keep the troops in your prayers, hug a vet and God bless.