The American Legion Post 36 and Community Yard Sale is finally here, this Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For those in the community who want to join us and set up a table or two there will be plenty of space, so just come. First come, first serve for where you set up, but there will be room. Set up starts at 6 a.m. There will be breakfast food starting at 8 a.m. followed by hot dogs, hamburgers and other barbecue type stuff to satisfy your appetite. We have collected a garage full of things you most likely can’t live without. There is a ZUMA sail boat (resembles a surfboard with a sail), comes with two sails. We will be accepting any donations right up to the start of the Yard Sale. Set up starts on Friday at 8 a.m. so all are welcome to help move everything from the storage units to the tables set up under the big tents and organize the items under the direction our expert yard sale organizer, Fran Nicoletta. There will be a vehicle/trailer available to deliver any large item you purchase to any location on the peninsula.
Recently, the Senate failed to pass the bill, that had already passed both chambers in a bipartisan manner, that would provide comprehensive relief to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals, referred to as the PACT Act. Senator Collins staff stated: “It was discovered after it first passed the Senate that the bill had a revenue provision in it so the legislation had to originate in the House so they had to do the process over.” The National American Legion made the following statement. “…The measure would provide VA health-care services and benefits for millions who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, contaminated water, atomic radiation and other toxic substances while serving the U.S. Armed Forces. American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard said “the fight for passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act – the most comprehensive relief package for exposed veterans in history – is not over.” As of this writing (Monday) the language is being worked out between the Senate Majority and Minority. Senator King’s staff reported that they expect the bill to finally pass on Tuesday. The bill should then be with the President by the end of this week. Our Senators, King and Collins, both voted to send this Bill to the President. Congresswomen Pingree was a co-sponsor of the House Bill and Congressman Golden voted for this bill every time it came to the floor. For all those in the military and veterans who have been exposed to these toxic chemicals, have paid the price medically for this exposure, lets hope Congress does its job and the President signs this Bill without further delay!
Hope to see all our members, friends, neighbors and visitors at the Yard Sale on Saturday! The next breakfast is Sunday, Aug. 14.