New Legion home dedicated
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary were, from left, District President Catherine Olker, Frances Keener, Post 360 Commander Thomas Keener, Department President Beverly Reinhard and Christopher Keller.
Legion members, residents of Weatherly, and dignitaries gathered in a full house Saturday to dedicate the newly completed Legion Home for Post 360.
In addition to the presentation of keys from the property owner the Borough of Weatherly to Post 360, a number of the dignitaries spoke to those in attendance.
When the dedication ceremony had concluded, a Winter Carnival sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 was held.
In addition to a selection of food and refreshments from a new kitchen, there was a Chinese Auction, children's activities, including face painting, a D.J., and an ice sculptor outside the new building.
Post 360 Vice Commander Raymond Kochin said members appreciated the way the entire community has backed them up in making the new Legion Home a reality.
He also noted that a $30,000 grant procured through former state Rep. Keith McCall also helped make it possible.
Carbon County Veteran Administration representative Henry Desrosiers noted that "it was great to be there and it was an honor to be invited to the dedication."
He went on to say that he was "proud of Post 360 for what they did and their dedication to get the post back in operation."
Desrosiers also expressed his thanks to Weatherly's mayor and the borough council "for doing such a great and fantastic thing to assist and help Post 360 get back on their feet."
More than one speaker noted that it was good to see a new Legion Home opening up while, unfortunately, so many others nationwide have been closing their doors.
The Borough of Weatherly owns the property, which is appropriately located at 360 Veteran's Lane, and is leasing it to Post 360 for 25 years at one dollar a year.