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American Legion dinners

SHARON — As part of its annual fundraising activities, Sharon’s American Legion Post 126 holds seven all-you-can-eat dinners each year. On Sept. 10 the post offered a roast pork dinner. Walking into the Klebes building on the Millerton Road, the smell of fresh cooking filled the air.Ray Aakjar, one of the dinner’s organizers said, “This is an all-you-can-eat affair with all the fixings. Nobody goes home hungry.” The cost is $12 per person. Take-out dinners are also available for the same price. Lori Pederson, one of the volunteers for the evening, was filling a take-home container for a customer. “Take-out customers don’t get cheated,” she promised. “We give them enough for two meals so it’s like all-you-can-eat.”There was very little talking in the post; most visitors were busy eating their dinners.Aakjar said each of the seven annual dinners usually draws about 175 people.He also said the post is in need of new, younger members. The current membership of 55 veterans has an average age of 68. With few new members coming in and older members dying off, membership is shrinking. For information on Sharon’s American Legion Post 126 contact Post Commander Robert Loucks at 860-364-5814. Young veterans are particularly welcome, including those with overseas assignments in the Middle East. Aakjar said that Post 126 was founded in the 1920s.

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