Jeff Johnston went on the Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Jeff served in Vietnam in the Army from 1971-1977. The group left Cedar Rapids Airport at 6 a.m. and returned at 10:15 p.m. His guardian was from Cedar Rapids. He says they were fed very well and treated great and it was a very remarkable and memorable experience.
They visited the World War II Memorial, the Woodrow Wilson Memorial, the Lincoln, Korean and Vietnam memorials and the Air Force Museum, but didn?t get to see the Marine Memorial, as it was under construction. They also saw the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery.
At the World War II Memorial they 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. Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Their tour guide was at the Pentagon when the Twin Towers got hit and was on the side of the Pentagon that got hit.
When 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 Tuesday evening, 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.
A large group of small children were present. They 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 and Trinity Green.
First Grade and up were 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. Please help fill it with mittens, gloves and scarves. These will be presented to the WACO Elementary 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 nonperishable 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 nonperishable items. They are marked no tobacco or alcohol.