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VFW chili cookoff draws attention to post

John Mercer has bragging rights after the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1980's first annual chili cookoff Saturday.

Mercer submitted two different styles of chili for the cookoff, saying there weren't a lot of differences between the two.

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Jean Brockelman finished second, with Bruce Henderson taking third.

Commander Trenton Fay says the VFW is planning several activities to bring attention -- and possibly more members -- to the post.

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The VFW will have a biscuits and gravy fundraiser Dec. 7. It will also host the annual Care Packages for the Troops packing party in February, a change from previous years because no local units are currently overseas.

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