COLUMBIANA- Dick Simpson was installed July 9 as the new commander at American Legion Post 290.
Simpson has been a member of the Legion for 40 years. He is a Vietnam War veteran, spending eight and a half years serving in submarines in the Navy. He has helped the Legion for many years as master of ceremonies at the Memorial Day services and a longtime announcer at the Columbiana Street Fair.
Simpson has also been involved in many other civic groups over the year. He served in many capacities as part of the Columbiana government, including mayor from 1981 to 1997, City Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and the City Firemen's Relief & Pension Board. He also served on the Columbiana Chamber Board of Directors, serving one year as president, and is a past master of the Negley Masonic Lodge, as well as member of the American Legion Riders, Washingtonville VFW Post 5532, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and Quakertown Super Kids.
Ken Allcorn, left, outgoing commander of the American Legion Post 290, welcomes incoming Commander Dick Simpson, installed on July 9. (Submitted photo)