State vet organization closes VFW Post
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Northampton, has been shut down by the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars pending an investigation into its accounting practices and finances.
Ranking state VFW personnel visited the Laubach Avenue and Main Street premises, unannounced, on Nov. 2, reportedly leaving with financial documents.
The borough-based Post 4714 was informed it could take a month, possibly as long as two months, before the keys are returned and the premises reopened.
Signs posted on several doors and walls at the building state "Notice: Closed Until Further Notice. VFW Post 4714. By the order of Department of Commander Russell Canevari."
One longtime Post 4714 officer said the Pennsylvania VFW took issue with the post's Home Association, not the post's veterans' organization.
"All I know is they came in and shut the place down tight," said the post member, asking that his identity be withheld.
He said the post learned from the state VFW they are investigating a reported bookkeeping discrepancy.
One VFW member who stood outside the back of the post home this week said blame is not being placed on anyone in particular. The individual conceded rumors in town continue to circulate, but no one has any facts.
"That's alI l know, really," said the veteran post member, who also is an officer.
The Home Association has been very active, financially supporting the D.A.R.E. program which the borough police department conducts at the Siegfried Elementary and Good Shepherd schools. It also holds an annual children's Christmas party with gifts distributed to the children of post members.
A bar open had been open daily at the post home, though the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was not involved in closing the premises. Post 4714 also has a large banquet room it rents out for weddings and gatherings.
Post 4714 holds special programs on Memorial Day with the Joint Veterans Association in the borough, programs for Veterans Day at senior livng centers in the borough and conducts details at veterans funerals.
It also played a key role in the upgrade and major renovations of the community's Veterans Plaza at Washington and Dewey avenues.