Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Seymour VFW Needs a New Home

SEYMOUR – VFW Post 12084 will host a pair of events this and next month, with proceeds to help the remaining Post members find a new home.

Post Commander Al Yagovane said a Pasta Dinner will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at Colonial Tavern in Oxford. The menu includes all-you-can-eat ziti, meatballs, sausage, salad, dessert, coffee, juice and soft drinks.

Music will be provided by DJ Tony Castle.

The cost is $17 for adults, $10 for those ages 12-18 and free for under 12. Tickets are available at JR Custom Car & Truck, 40 New Haven Rd. (Route 67), or by contacting Yagovane at: (203)736-7981 or (203)888-4465.
Then, on Oct. 7, the Post will host a golf tournament at the Oxford Greens Golf Club, located at 99 Country Club Dr., Oxford.

The cost is $125 per player or $500 for a team, and includes unlimited range balls, greens fees, breakfast, lunch, beverages and beer. Deadline to register for the four-player scramble tournament is Sept. 16.  
Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. tee-off time.

For more information, call Yagovane at (203)888-4465 or (203)736-7981, or to register call Oxford Greens at (203)888-1600.
Yagovane said proceeds from both events will go toward helping the Post find a new home.  

Yagovane, said the Post’s 60 members were displaced from their former home at 30 Great Hill Rd. in September 2015. Yagovane said the property owner’s daughter needed the land the Post facility had been using for the past four years to start a business.

Fortunately for the Post, Retina Sytems on Day Street has opened the use of its cafeteria to the members for meeting space for as long as they need it. Yagovane said he couldn’t be more thankful to company owner Floyd Moir for his kindness and generosity, but said the Post really would love nothing more than to find a permanent headquarters.

“All we really need is a small, flat piece of land where we could put up a small building, or find a place that has a small building,” said Yagovane, a U.S. Army veteran. “We’d like to have  capacity to house at least 150 people.”

Yagovane said the Post is also looking to draw new members by starting an auxiliary for both men and women, who are fathers, mothers and children of past and current military members. Those interested are encouraged to contact Yagovane.

Yagovane said the Post is all about ‘giving back to the community,’ as well, and having a home base is critical for members to continue doing just that. The Post has done plenty, including teaming up with the local schools to sponsor a Memorial Day poster contest, hosting job fairs, organizing the annual Memorial Day parade, hosting annual Veterans Day candlelight vigils and sponsoring local youth sports teams. 
VFW Post 12084 Commander Al Yagovane

Veterans Day Candlelight Vigil from 2015 

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