weather icon Windy

Local VFW, auxiliary recognized for support of veterans

Boulder City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post was recently recognized by Gov. Steve Sisolak for its work supporting veterans.

Sisolak named VFW Cpl. Matthew A. Commons Memorial Post 36 and its auxiliary September’s Veteran Supporters of the Month.

“It’s a big honor, but we can’t do it alone,” said post Commander Rev. Carlton R. Fogg Jr. “We do it together. … We’re like a big family.”

The members of Post 36 includes veterans, their spouses and other relatives.

According to Fogg, the group is very active at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Home and in communities throughout the area, including Boulder City. Its honor guard also performs flag presentations at veterans’ events and funerals.

“Our post is involved in quite a bit,” he said.

Each year it also provides $2,500 in scholarships to Boulder City High School seniors and helps judge essays written by sixth- through eighth-graders, submitted through the Patriot Pen VFW contest. The members are also involved with the Naval Operational Support Center Las Vegas. Fogg said the post organizes the center’s holiday party and helps several U.S. sailors who are in need each holiday season.

“I’m very proud to be commander of the post,” Fogg said.

The VFW’s auxiliary post is also active in the projects done by Post 36.

According to the Nevada Department of Veterans Services at the program recognizing both posts, Sisolak praised the group and said one of the highlights of his month is to honor veterans and their supporters.

The local post is named after Commons, who graduated from Boulder City High School in 1999. He was killed in action in Gardez, Afghanistan, during Operation Anaconda in 2002. His helicopter went down during a rescue mission. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Afterschool clubs at Garrett Junior High

Editor’s Note: Class in Session is a new column in which Boulder City schools submit articles written by the principals, faculty or students. It will focus on programs, classes and activities within the school.

BCHS homecoming week filled with activities

Editor’s Note: This is a new weekly column submitted by Boulder City schools, written by principals, administrators, faculty or students. It will focus on events, programs or new classes at the various schools.

Runion excels at both sales and trails

Bret Runion has an uncanny knack of remembering a house he sold 30 years ago, who bought it, who sold it and in what year. And if you give him a few extra seconds, he could probably tell you the coloring of carpeting in each.

Grass removal, water waste prevention offer incentives

Walking my dogs around the neighborhood, early in the morning to beat the heat, I’ve noticed residents being mindful of water usage, taking steps to conserve in multiple ways. Several homes within a six-block radius have removed or are in the process of replacing their grass with desertscape (xeriscape) or artificial grass. Early morning watering schedules are being adhered to – before 9 a.m., for optimal lawn health and water conservation.

Damaged or disturbed asbestos in home presents health hazards

When my friend learned there was asbestos in the roof of a house he was looking to buy in Boulder City, it reminded me that the scarlet letter ‘A’ of building materials is something to be wary of when you own a home.