Local NRA members to gather

The Annual Marble Valley Friends of the National Rifle Association Banquet and Auction will be held on April 16 at 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 31 located at 33 Washington St. in Rutland.

A robust buffet prepared by Chef Scott Laviana will feature Beef Prime Rib and Chicken Marsala. The cost is $35 per ticket and must be purchased in advance. The deadline for reservations is April 12.

Unique NRA merchandise will be offered in games, silent and live auctions. Auctioneer Barbara Watters, renowned for her spirited wit, will call the live auction. Featured in the games and auction will be the Savage 93R17 BTV .17 HMR, Taurus .357 Mag, Rossi Trifecta Youth 20GA/.22LR/.243Win, New NRA Glock 22 .40SW and .22 Cal Beeman Air Rifle. The Gun of the Year Raffle prize is the Kimber 84M Classic Grade .308 WIN. The 2010 Friends of the NRA Knife of the Year is a Damascus Drop-Point Skinner. NRA Polished Copper Eagle Weathervane, gun safes, tactical gear, NRA Custom Grill/Fire Pit, binoculars, jewelry, sculptures, wild life art and other goods from local merchants and friends will also be among the prizes.

Century International Arms, Ltd. donation to this year's banquet is the 1960 Semi-Auto Rifle w/ Wood Stock, Cal. 7.62x39mm. This is their version of the famous Polish M60 rifle.

If you enjoy good food, family and friends and extraordinary firearms, the Friends of NRA Banquet and Auction is the place to be on Friday, April 16. For information, call Dolores at 645-0109.

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