News briefs – Aug. 17


TEA PARTY TO MEET – Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association will show “The Clinton Chronicles” 7-9 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Wyandotte Senior Center, 1164 Wyandotte Ave., Mansfield.

STATE MEETINGS SET – The Community Services Block Grant Advisory Committee will meet Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 19th Floor Room 1960. The Community Services Block Grant Advisory Committee advises the Ohio Development Services Agency Director on the model state plan for the Community Services Block Grant for Program Year beginning January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017.

The Community Services Block Grant Public Hearing will take place on Aug. 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the State Library, 274 E. First Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201. The hearing will provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on the 2016-2017 Community Services Block Grant State Plan and the use of Block Grant resources.

VETERANS HONORED – The 70th anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day, Colonel Timothy C. Gorrell, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) presented 162 Ohio World War II veterans living in the Ohio Veterans Home-Sandusky with military challenge coins in honor of their service during WWII.

Seventy years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese publicly announced the acceptance of the terms of unconditional surrender, which signaled the end of WWII.

“On the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, I am especially humbled to be in the presence of so many of our greatest heroes and their families,” said Col. Gorrell. “Each and every day it is an honor and a privilege to serve these brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation and the world.”

During the celebration, Col. Gorrell (U.S. Army, retired) and uniformed representatives from the Ohio National Air Guard, the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard presented challenge coins to the veterans and thanked them for their service. Challenge coins have a long standing history in the military. Members of the U.S. Armed Services carry challenge coins that symbolize unit identity and brotherhood. Each piece usually bears unit symbols or mottos that identify the group they represent. The coins presented today said “Served with American Pride.”

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