November 10, 2020 | HTC Columbia American Legion Since 1920, American Legion Post 581 has made honoring local Veterans a priority. Each year on Memorial Day, they host an event to pay respect to soldiers whose lives were lost while protecting our freedom, and every Veteran’s Day, they hold a ceremony to show thanks for military members and their families who have made sacrifices for our country. Even this year, when Covid restrictions didn’t allow the events to take place as usual, Legion members figured out a way to host social-distance friendly ceremonies while spectators participated from their vehicles. Honoring Veterans on Veteran’s Day and Every Day Just as the staff of Post 581 feels passionately about our Veterans, they also love to support our community in any way they can. For many years they have offered Sunday bingo games, Queen of Hearts contests, and weekly fish fries to allow friends and family to congregate together. They also sponsor local boy scout troops, and organize annual picnics with proceeds used to develop Columbia American Legion Memorial Park. While this year brought about its challenges when it came to organizing these traditional events, they were still able to host a Songs4Soldiers Drive-thru BBQ which raised $16,000 for combat veterans. It’s safe to say that HTC loves everything Post 581 stands for. We’re proud that they’ve chosen us to provide Internet, phone and TV service for many years, and we know that they will continue to support this community well after the Covid pandemic has ended. Hopskeller Many homebrewers only dream of selling their beers to the public, but Matt Schweizer was able to bring that dream to fruition in September of 2016 thanks to civic and business leaders in the area who wanted him to succeed. Matt found the perfect location for his microbrewery in a 19th century downtown Waterloo home and rehabbed it using wood and corrugated tin from barns and homesteads in Monroe and Randolph Counties. The result was Hopskeller, a rustic, cozy gathering place for residents to socialize while enjoying his concoctions. Although a fire that broke out just a month after opening forced him to close for a year, he was able to reopen stronger than ever, complete with a beautiful patio funded by generous donations from friends, family, and the community. Today, with Covid restrictions eased, you’ll find Hopskeller hopping on nearly every day of the week, with happy patrons noshing on wood-fired pizzas and drinking a variety of craft beers and cocktails. Matt speaks often about the wonderful support he’s received from customers, which was obvious when they voted his establishment Best Microbrewery, Best Restaurant with a Craft Beer Selection, Best Destination Brewery and Best Neighborhood Brewery in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Just as Matt appreciates everyone who has helped him succeed along the way, HTC appreciates him allowing us to be a part of his journey. By using HTC’s dependable Internet, phone and TV service, Matt and his staff are able to keep serving happy customers while we take care of the rest. Harrisonville Telephone Company is a provider of reliable, cost-effective Internet (for streaming, gaming, surfing, viewing, listening, downloading, and more), television (hundreds of channels, free HD, VOD access and more), and phone (unlimited local and long distance, voicemail, caller ID, etc.). Want to learn more about our great home or business bundles? Visit our website, call us at 939-6112, or fill out our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you.