By BRYAN PECK - Associate editor (News Democrat)

MT. ORAB - The Wilson Sroufe VFW Post 9772 and Auxiliary now have a new home, thanks to the generosity of the Pike Township Trustees. The post had to sell their long time building last year due to rising costs and a lack of funds, but VFW 9772 commander Bill Cornetet said they were still dedicated to acting as a VFW Post.

After searching around for possible meeting places, Cornetet said members found the newly constructed Pike Township building on state Route 774.

"We had to sell the VFW's post home, and we knew we had to find somewhere else to go," Cornetet said. "One of us drove past this building here and we started thinking we should just come and take over this one."

According to Cornetet, the Pike Township Trustees agreed to rent the building to the Wilson Sroufe VFW Post 9772 members, allowing them to meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Cornetet said post members were grateful to have a place to continue to meet and act as a VFW post.

"This is a great building, and we're very thankful the Pike Township Trustees are allowing us to meet here," Cornetet said. "We hope to meet here for a long time."

Members of the Wilson Sroufe VFW Post 9772 and the post's auxiliary gathered with Pike Township Trustees Roger Griffith and Jay Anderson and Pike Township Fiscal officer Jenny Conrad on Wednesday, Oct. 12 to thank them for allowing the VFW members to meet in Pike Township. However, Cornetet said the new building was missing a flag pole, so members of the VFW post quickly decided to donate a new flag pole to the Pike Township building.

The pole, which cost approximately $2,000, was installed by VFW chaplain Bill Graybill, of Ohio Valley Flag. The VFW post also provided lighting for the pole.

"We all served under that flag, and our donation is to show appreciation for the Pike Township Trustees and residents for allowing us to meet here," Cornetet said.

VFW Auxiliary Trustee Chair Ruth Ashcraft also thanked the Pike Township Trustees for their help in keeping the VFW post and auxiliary active.

We are here as a VFW and as a post," Ashcraft said. "If you ever need us for something, let us know."

The Pike Township Trustees thanked the Wilson Sroufe VFW post 9772 for their donation, and Griffith said he was glad to see a group like the VFW post making good use of the new building.

"We're honored to have you here and we couldn't think of a group we'd rather have meeting here," Griffith said.

The Wilson Sroufe VFW post meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.