And they honored the importance of local veterans with their volunteerism.
Several plumbers volunteered a day's worth of work to fix assorted plumbing issues at the Burton American Legion Atwood-Mauck Post 459 headquarters on Goodwin Street last Saturday.
Many of the volunteers served in the military, said Post Commander Frank McBride.
One of the plumbers, Ron Laurent of Middlefield Village, works for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Chardon.
Recently, Laurent said he told Benjamin Franklin Operations Manager Michael Kobella about the post's needs.
"Ron works for us and does well," Kobella said. "So we thought we'd help the legion out."
Laurent said the post has had some issues for some time. Coincidentally, Benjamin Franklin had been planning to offer a plumbing services discount to veterans.
When Laurent mentioned the legion issue to Kobella, it was a no-brainer for the operations manager: The company would chip in and offer to get the job done.
"A ton of plumbers volunteered," Laurent said. "It was great."
Initial analysis was estimated to take four to five hours, with the entire job scheduled to be completed by the end of the day. Plumbers were slated to inspect both inside and outside systems, McBride said.
"We're looking at footer tile work, outside and concrete block work inside," McBride said of the repairs. "Basically, it's a combination of a lot of things that we'll be doing."
The two-story, yellow-brick and frame structure contains several meeting rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and workspaces.
The building, located in a valley on Goodwin Street, was built in the early 1960s, several Legion officials estimated, calling the building "a godsend."
We are so grateful that Benjamin Franklin in doing this," said legion post president Mike Karlinsky.
Laurent said he loved being part of the post for its close-knit feel over the past six years of his membership term.
"We do food drives, talk to sick and ill veterans, and even have a scholarship," Laurent said. "But we are also promoting the importance of honoring veterans to the public."
Karlinsky and McBride said several of the workers served in different branches of the military, while one served at a nearby legion post.
"How many companies do you see do this?" Karlinsky asked, adding Benjamin Franklin's service discount was set to begin Saturday.
The Legion - currently sporting 130 members - began operations in 1920, but moved to Burton on Feb. 13, 1933.
It was named after World War I veterans George Atwood, of Middlefield Village, and Stanley Mauck, of Burton Village.
Respectively, Atwood passed away Sept. 6. 1918, while Mauck died march 30, 1918, according to the post's charter.
In all, about seven Benjamin Franklin employees showed up, plus several office staff members who cooked the workers food during last Saturday's downpours.
Other support systems, such as the legion's Women's Auxiliary, chipped in their support by helping with lunch, said auxiliary member Jane Koroshes.
"We are here for whatever the men need," Koroshes said. "We're here to stand beside them if they need anything."
For more information or to become a member of the post, contact McBride at 440-834-8083 or Karlinsky at 440-286-1202. The American legion is located at 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton Village.
Story By: Josh Echt