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Brothers of the Brush Help Mendon American Legion

Mendon's American Legion Hall is located on Route 16.

Thanks to a local charitable group and an anonymous donation, Mendon's American Legion will continue to open its doors to local veterans. With oil prices sky high these days, the Robert L. Wood American Legion Post 355 was having difficulty paying its oil bill and was nearly forced to close its doors.

Accordingly, when members of Mendon's Brothers of the Brush got word of the American Legion's troubles, they didn't hesitate to help out with a Porketta Dinner fundraiser. "I spoke briefly with our Board members and they agreed to give all the proceeds from the dinner to the American Legion," said Brothers of the Brush President Alan Tetreault, who took it upon himself to smoke all the pork himself. "I think we had about one hundred pounds of pork and about 10 pounds of garlic," he laughed. "Smoked pork is so good."

In all, the dinner brought in approximately $1,250. In addition, a very generous $2,000 anonymous donation from a Mendon veteran was bestowed to the American Legion, raising $3,250 for the group's heating bill. "We're hoping that will cover their oil bill for the next few years," he said.

The Brothers of the Brush was formed nearly 50 years ago and its main mission is to help out local organizations in need by raising funds through various means. "We raise money to donate it," said Alan.

According to Post 355's Commander Susan Tetreault, who also happens to be Alan's sister, the veteran's group is very thankful and that the money raised and donated will also cover the building's property taxes for several years.

"We're just a poor little American Legion," said Susan. "We don't have a lot." In the future, Susan hopes the American Legion building can be renovated by the community to give the town's veterans a more suitable meeting place. "Right now, people are constructing a new police station for no cost; maybe someday we can do the same for the American Legion," she said. "It doesn't have to be fancy. Just some place for veterans to have a monthly dinner or a place for coffee and donuts. A place where they know they're supported."

Currently, the Legion holds monthly meetings for its local members. They also sponsor students to participate in the Boys State program, which educates youth on the structure and function of federal government.

Anyone interested in making a financial donation to help Mendon's American Legion can mail it to P.O. Box 402, Mendon, 01756. Checks should be made payable to the Robert L Wood Post 355.


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