General Leonard E. Wood American Legion Post 162






American Legion Post 162 of Hillsdale, sent the best wishes of the local community to local men and women who are serving on active duty in the U.S Military. Holiday letters and cards were sent to  30 members of the Army, Marine Corps., Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The cards and letters were collected from Hillsdale and River Vale schools and residents as well as schools in Old Tappan and as far away as Ridgefield (due to a local resident who teaches there). Thousands of greetings were packaged. Anyone who has served in the military knows how nice it is to receive letters from people at home, especially during the holidays. A  copy of Pascack Press was included to provide them with recent news from home.

Post Commander Doug Frank thanks everyone who took the time to write a letter or send a card. He stated that the service members have commented on how much they enjoy reading and sharing the greetings, especially the ones from the school children.

Those who participated in boxing and shipping are: Phil Langner, Ron Kriegl, Bud Heymann, Phil Fonde, John McGoldrick, Mike Gela, Bob Abbadie, Joe Sgroi, Rich Correri, Vic Tuohy, Garry Pinke, and Doug Frank. Not pictured, Rich Correri, Zoltan Horvath, Eleanor Frank and Ray and Ellen Jean.



Post 162 Supports Hillsdale Helping Hillsdale


Even in very good economic times, there are local residents who need help. Hillsdale Helping Hillsdale  provides emergency support to those who qualify.  HHH can pay utility bills and other essential costs to meet immediate needs.  At this time of year, there can be more demand for this support due to high heating costs.  On December 10th, American Legion Post 162 of Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake and Old Tappan made a donation of $1,000 to the fund to help support any veterans or families of veterans in need.  HHH is just another example of charitable volunteer organizations who support all in our community.

Pictured are Valerie Schroeder and Lois Kohan of HHH and Commander Frank




Holiday Letters and Christmas Cards for the Troops

 Post 162  in Hillsdale is requesting the community, schools, churches and scouts to write letters and cards to our local troops. The Commander says "Anyone who has served in the military and been away over the holidays knows how much it means to receive mail from home."

The letters and cards may be addressed to one of the names below, or left blank and  placed in drop off boxes in the River Vale Boro Hall,  Hillsdale Boro Hall  lobby, Hillsdale Post Office or Library during regular business hours.

Do not stamp letters we will bulk mail.  Last date for pick-up is December 9th.  We are planning a work party Saturday morning December 14th at 9 AM to sort and package the letters. Legion and SAL members are invited to help.


Local Men And Women Currently On Active Duty Are:

Loretta Adams United States Army

Gina Dolson, United States Army

Joseph Dolson, United States Army

Robert C. Saul, United States Army

Timothy R. Downs, United States Army

James Gunther, United States Navy

Park Ji, United States Navy

Zack Rogich, United States Marine Corp

Andrew Schlussel, United States Army

Dylan Riley, United States Marine Corp

Ryan Wilson, United States Army

Nicholas Vicchio, United States Navy

Zoltan Horvath III, United States Marine Corp

Dan Kristan, United States Army

Michael Velthaus, United States Marine Corps

Lucas Ochoa,  United States  Marine Corps

Peter Saks, United States Army

Cadet Thomas Uhl,  United States Coast Guard

Michael Martino, United States Marine Corps

Brendan Ennis, United States Marine Corps

Robert Willem  United States Marine Corps  

Steve Paskas  United States Navy  

Sean Tocci  United States Coast Guard  

Aaron Centeno  United States Marine Corps

Brian McKenna  United States Air Force  

Richard Jansen, United States Air Force



They may not be home for the holidays so bring a bit of home to them.


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