Montpelier Veterans Enjoy Chili Cook-Off At Center


The Dane Michael Veterans Center played host to a chili cook-off for local veterans in Montpelier Nov. 11.

A couple dozen people attended the event, which doubled as a potluck for veterans. It was a goodm time filled with laughter and fellowship.

The contest was won by Tim Friend, with Gloria Poorman coming in second and Bob Keesbury, third.

In other news, the Center is organizing a trip for veterans to Washington D.C. next spring.

The trip is slated for April 21-23. The cost is $428, with a $50 deposit due by Nov. 30. The balance is due March 10, Gloria Poorman said.

The itinerary has April 21 as a travel day and April 22 as a busy day visiting Arlington Cemetery (including the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns), the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Women’s Memorial and the New Air Force Memorial.

Other stops include the Reagan Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Roosevelt, World War II, Korean and Vietnam monuments. An optional trip to the Capitol Building is available.

There will be plenty of sight seeing, with the trip planned for the end of the Cherry Blossom season.

April 23 on the return trip, the tour will stop in Shankster, Penn., for the Flight 93 memorial.

The cost of the trip includes lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, all taxes and gratuities.

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