"It used to be very active with youth dances, teenage dances, and all those kind of things," said Strack. "The auxiliary used to be put on weddings and all kinds of banquets. They were probably booked ... the majority of the weekends."

However, with membership down, continuing to have the same type of events has been difficult.

"Our organization is an organization of more senior people, because the younger people that are coming back from Iraq ... don't have a great deal of interest at this time," Strack said. "They have family issues and education. So, they're busy getting their lives in order and their careers in order. Those are the kinds of people we need, but I can understand why [they aren't active]."

"It's a big disappointment for those who have been active," he added.

Although the building is currently for sale, Strack said the building will continue to be used as-is until a buyer is found.

"We made the decision during our last meeting as well to make a last-ditch effort to keep the building open during the winter months, to keep these programs, and also to make the building more sellable," explained Strack. "Once you close down a building, people don't want to come in sub-zero weather and walk through a building. Some of our members have agreed to assist us in our finances."

Although finances are a major reason for selling the building, Strack said it also has to do with the Legion's purpose.

"We no longer can provide the programs and services that the Legion is really noted for and designed for," he explained. "We used to give scholarships, we had youth programs, we supported youth athletics. Because we can't do that, it takes a great deal away from our purpose. Our purpose right now is maintaining the building and that doesn't seem to be what we're here for."

For more information about the sale of the building, contact Strack at 298-8113 or 593-2758, or call the Legion at 298-4431.

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