Depew’s Deputy Mayor Jules Pecora was presented last month on Veteran’s Day with a letter of appreciation from North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for his outstanding support of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Pecora had spent countless hours and personal funds to assemble, pack and ship care packages of coffee, tea, toiletries and snacks to Fort Bragg, N.C., for soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa over the past three years.

Pecora is a former member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. He is encouraging all Americans to show their support for the troops during the holiday season and recognize the sacrifices the military and their families make for Americans.

The announcement was made by the Village Preservation Party of Depew this week.

Also this week:

• The Depew Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the cafeteria at Depew High School, 5201 Transit Road.