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Aberdeen VFW is coming back, starting today

October 4, 2013

The Aberdeen VFW post will re-open almost a year and a half after closing their doors.

“The Aberdeen Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is coming back:” says Commander Jim Daly. “We hope to be beginning construction very soon, providing the weather cooperates a little bit. We have struck a deal with Anchor bank for a loan, and with Western Washington Construction to repair our roof.”

Members and employees of the post began to notice cracks in the ceiling of the building following the December 2007 storm. The building was closed in May of 2012 with damage to the ceiling and rafters. Since the closure, the Post and Auxiliary officers have been using other local facilities like the Eagles, American Legion, WorkSource, and the 40 et 8 for their programs.

The project will involve removing the roof and rafters on the main hall and replacing them with engineered trusses. Paul Schenkel, of Western Washington Construction, says: “We are hoping for a break in the weather to get started in the next week or two, so that we could possibly have the building closed in and roofed by the end of October.”

“There will still be a lot of work left to do: electrical, insulation, HVAC, drywall, painting, and other projects.” said Post Quartermaster, Terry Holderman “To cover the loan we will have to increase our income dramatically, so we are developing our business plan to provide almost $2,000 a month more than in the past.”

The VFW will still make the hall available for rent, serve dinners for members and the public, and have the lounge open for members, but new income will be required. They are considering adding additional food service and fundraising projects.

Auxiliary President, Nell Todd said: “The people in Grays Harbor have been so supportive and generous during this time, that we were able to raise approximately $15,000 which helped us secure the loan. We hope they will continue to help us by supporting our business so that we may continue to serve our Veterans.”

Donations for the building repairs may be made through any Anchor Bank branch, to the donation account for: The Aberdeen VFW Building Program. Or donations may be sent to: Aberdeen VFW, 105 East Heron, Aberdeen, WA 98520.


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