Friends of the Boardman Library host WWI presentation

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Presenter Lieutenant Colonel Rick Hossler brought army gear to accompany his prenetation to the Friends of the Boardman library group on Sept. 10.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Retired Lieutenant Colonel Rick Hossler presented on the American invasion into Russia during World War I at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Friends of the Boardman Library group.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Vice President of the Friends of the Boardman Library Loretta Liptak introduced the presenter, retired Lieutenant Colonel Rick Hossler.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Vice President of the Friends of the Boardman Library Loretta Liptak and President Denise Congemi began the event by introducing the presenter, retired Lieutenant Colonel Rick Hossler, on Sept. 10.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Members of the Friends of the Boardman Library group listened to a presentation by retired Lieutenant Colonel Rick Hossler on the American invasion into Russia in World War I.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Snacks provided by members of the Friends of the Boardman Library group were available to those present during the meeting, with a back to school theme.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

On Sept. 10 the Friends of the Boardman library hosted their monthly meeting with a presentation by retired Lieutenant Coronal Rick Hossler.

Hossler presented to the group about the American invasion into Russia during World War I.

“These are battles a lot of people don’t know anything about,” Hossler said.

He detailed how the American military got involved in Russia, fighting with Bolshevik soldiers there even after what is considered the end of the war.

The U.S. deployed 5,000 soldiers to North Russia and 8,000 to Siberia, according to Hossler, where they were sent into battle almost immediately.

Fighting along side French and British troops, soldiers stationed in Russia were fighting the Battle of Toulgas on Nov. 11, 1918, when the Armistice was signed.

Hossler said it wasn’t until two years later, in 1920, when those soldiers were finally sent home.

“It’s important, because so many people are unaware of this history,” Hossler said.

After Hosslers presentation the group had their meeting.

This presentation is one of many that are hosted by the Friends of the Boardman library.

Each month, according to President Denise Congemi, the group hosts a presentation by a variety of speakers.

The Friends of the Boardman library is an organization comprised solely of volunteers who raise money to support the Boardman library.

“The money we make all goes to the library. It’s to the benefit of the library only,” Congemi said.

The group currently has around 45 members.

Congemi said that the group has a range of programs that raise money for the library.

The group offers a book collection on the first and third Saturday of every month.

They then sort through the books for quality, and store and sell the remaining donations on a book cart.

“We are backing the library because we believe in the library,” Congemi said.

With the money the group raised Congemi said that they were able to make a $25,000 donation to the Children's Early Literacy Area of the Boardman library.

The group also gives yearly to the Summer Reading program at Boardman.

“We believe in our children,” Cingemi said, “If you don’t get them reading now and interested in books now they are going to say, ‘What do I need the library for?’”

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