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Guyasuta VFW in Sharpsburg makes donation to local police

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Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Guyasuta Post 709 VFW Commander Howard Strain speaks of giving funds to local police departments.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The success of bingo games at the Guyasuta Post 709 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Sharpsburg has translated to help for local police departments.

The post donated $500 each to the Aspinwall, Blawnox, Sharpsburg, O'Hara, Indiana Township, Fox Chapel and Etna police departments. Money was raised through events like the post's bingo games.

Last year, departments received $300 in funds. Howard Strain, commander of the VFW post, said an increase in available funds led to a larger donation.

“Every little thing helps,” Strain said.

Aspinwall police Chief John Sabol said at a council meeting earlier this month that the money would be used for the department's equipment and training fund.

“They were very generous,” Sabol said.

The post also donated $1,000 to the Allegheny County Camp Cadet. The program gives children an opportunity to better understand law enforcement.

Strain thanked the people who support the VFW and enable them to have the funds to support local causes.

“Without people backing us up, we wouldn't be able to do it,” Strain said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or

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