Lowville legion BBQ to aid Volunteer Transportation Center


LOWVILLE — American Legion Post 162, 5383 Dayan St., will host a chicken barbecue to benefit the Volunteer Transportation Center, Inc., on Saturday, July 11, from 11 a.m. until food is gone.

The barbecue will offer 225 barbecued chicken halves at $7 each. Orders will be payable by cash only.

The Lowville American Legion regularly hosts chicken barbecues at the post as a way to give back to the community. This particular barbecue’s focus on benefiting the Volunteer Transportation Center was at the suggestion of post member and Vietnam War veteran James Griffin.

“It’s a good service for veterans, with veteran drivers, and the Legion and Legionnaires are always here to help out,” said Griffin. “The veterans of this community immensely appreciate what the VTC does for us,” said Commander C. Lee Hinkleman.

Jeremiah S. Papineau, Foundation Director and Director of Communications for the VTC, said he was honored to be approached about the fundraiser. “When James’ son, Jasyn, reached out to me letting me know what his dad wanted to do, I was extremely touched,” said Papineau.

“We greatly appreciate it when people see the value of the services we provide to the community, including our veterans. Going the extra mile to raise money for the work we do is incredibly generous. We can’t thank James and the Legion enough,” he added.

American Legion Post 162 in Lowville is one of the organization’s original charters, established on July 25, 1919.

The post is led by Commander Hinkleman, assisted by First Vice Commander David Schulz; Second Vice Commander Harold Engelhart; Third Vice Commander William Washington; Adam Smykla, adjudant; Susan Koch, finance; Elwin Woolschlager, chaplain; Casimer Bigda, sergeant-at-arms; members-at-large Anthony Adsit and David Egan; Judge Advocate Susan Koch; House Committee David Schulz; Auxiliary President Cathy Hinkleman; Sons Commander Terry Peters; American Legion Riders Commander Dave Stokes; AMVETS Commander Jim Henry; Bar Steward Gary Turck; Kitchen Chef Gilly Stoffle, and Museum Curator Amy Wolfe.

For information about the American Legion or to inquire about membership, contact the Lowville at 315-376-3712, by email at legionpost162@gmail.com, or visit www.americanlegionfamily.org.

The Volunteer Transportation Center, Inc. (VTC), established in 1991, drives thousands of miles each year assisting community members in Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence Counties. Over the last 20 years, the non-profit organization has provided rides to health care appointments, grocery shopping, and other destinations for residents.

In 2019, volunteer drivers provided 30,356 charitable trips over 912,866 miles, an increase in miles of 17.47% over 2018.

The staff, Board of Directors and volunteer drivers look forward to a time when transportation to community activities and services is accessible to all North Country residents regardless of economic or specialized needs.

But for now the mission drives on — striving to provide transportation to health, wellness and critical needs destinations utilizing volunteers and mobility management for anyone who has barriers to transportation. 

For more information about how you can help the Volunteer Transportation Center, about its upcoming events, or to become a volunteer driver, contact the agency at 315-788-0422. To learn more, visit www.VolunteerTransportationCenter.org.


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