Jeff Johnston went on the Honor Tour for Veterans to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Johnston served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1977. The group left The Eastern Iowa Airport at 6 a.m. and returned at 10:15 p.m.
Johnston said the veterans were fed very well and it was a very remarkable and memorable experience. They visited the World War II Memorial, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Korean and Vietnam Memorial and the Air Force Museum, but didn?t get to see the Marine Memorial, which was under construction. They also saw the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
At the World War II Memorial, the veterans were met by Josie Wagler, formerly of Crawfordsville and Wayland, who noticed the bus with Iowa written on the front and came to greet them. Josie is a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.
Then they returned to The Eastern Iowa Airport, there were 400 people to welcome them home.
Crawfordsville American Legion Post 593 hosted their annual Halloween Party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the WACO Elementary School in Crawfordsville. Legionnaires helping were Mike Massey, Jeff Johnston, David Cerka and Ernest Whiting, Jr. The judges for the costume contest were Keith, Sherry and Shirley Massey and Zola Winter.
The children present were Henry Farrell, Bentley Hesseltine, Issac Love, Jaxon Davis, J.P. Adam, Anden Adam, Paxton Davis, Merrick Davis, Bryson Davis, Pierce Duvall, Caffree Robison, Adlyn Roberts, Carter Roberts, Peyton Davis, Mackinly Davis, Jessup Collier, Lawson Love, Trinity Green, Javan Davis, Guenivere Rose Ostrem, Oliver Bailey, Jeremy Collier, Daunte McBride, Charlie Bailey, Paige Shull, Lizzy Gerot, Izabelle Felts, Izzy Collier, Audrey Smith, Isabelle Duvall and Zoey Dennler. Those participating in the adult class were Brittney Davis, Jason Collier, Brooke Hesseltine, Lexie Collier and Sonya-Love Smith.
After the costume judging, everyone was invited to the lunch room for doughnuts, milk and coffee. Then it was time to Trick-or-treat around town.
The Mission Committee at the United Church of Crawfordsville is sponsoring a ?Mitten Tree.? It will be in the church sanctuary. The mittens will be presented to the WACO Elementary School to fill the needs during cold weather.
The church sanctuary has been decorated by the Worship Committee for fall and during the month of November, they ask that people bring canned goods, boxed dry food, toilet tissue, paper towels or other non-perishable items for the HACAP Food Drive. These items will go to the Washington County HACAP Center and will be used to help feed the hungry of Washington County.
Outdated products cannot be used, so please remember to check the dates on your items. Money may also be donated. The money is given out as credit cards to be used for non-perishable items. They are marked no tobacco or alcohol.