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Coon Valley American Legion Post 116 will host this year's Vernon County American Legion Banquet. The banquet will be held at the Coon Valley Legion Hall, 105 Park St., Saturday, March 3.

The evening's activities will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the banquet meal at 7 p.m. The menu includes baked ham, meatballs and mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert at a cost of $12.50 per person.

The highlight of the banquet program will be the presentation of the County Service Award winners -- Firefighter and EMT of the Year, Law Officer of the Year and Teacher of the Year. This year's honorees are Tammy Gilkes of Westby High School, Vernon County Chief Deputy Sheriff Nathan Campbell and Tim Larson of Stoddard.

The main speaker will be David Gough. Gough is a past National Vice Commander of The American Legion and one of the founders of The American Legion Riders. He is also a past Commander of the Wisconsin American Legion and is Chairman of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee for the Wisconsin American Legion. He is also currently serving as a member of the Internal Affairs Commission of The American Legion.

Gough and his wife, Donna, have been very active in their home community of Darlington and have spearheaded many community projects that have benefited the area, and he is currently president of the City Council in Darlington.

Reservations are requested by Feb. 24 by calling Roger Mathison at 452-3965 or


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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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