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Mabton VFW alive and well, despite rumors

MABTON - Despite rumors to the contrary, the Mabton VFW post is open for business.

Earlier this month, Post Commander David Rodriguez closed the Mabton site because of dwindling membership.

He says the post was down to about five people and, at times, there weren't even enough members on hand to run official business meetings.

Rodriguez said he planned to turn the post's charter back over to the national VFW organization and close down the hall.

The move figured to be a loss for Mabton veterans as well as for the community since the VFW post is a popular rental facility for Mabton residents - hosting everything from receptions to children's sports activities.

The bad news scenario never had a chance to develop, though, as VFW District Commander Bill Ingram said the post is up and running.

"I worked all last week on it and it's back open again," said Ingram, who heads the Sunnyside VFW post.

Ingram says the issue came down to personality conflicts that resulted in a loss of membership at the Mabton post.

Things seem to be resolved, now, he says. In fact, the Mabton VFW post on Tuesday of this week partnered with the Lower Valley Honor Guard to participate in National Night Out activities in Mabton.

"They're back together," he says of Mabton's VFW. "It's a good post."

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