Members of the VFW post 8834 in Hartford are putting some rumors to rest and are officially announcing that they have reached a financial decision, and have closed the doors to their restaurant which means they will no longer serve Friday fish fries. In addition to the end of that era, the post will also be stopping sponsorship of jackpot bingo games and blood drives. The Post’s restaurant and hall had been a fixture in the community since the early 1970’s, providing local hall rental, hosting Sunday bingo, monthly blood drives, and the time honored VFW Fish Fry. Rodney Temple, the commander of the Hartford VFW Post said the decline in business and rising costs over the last few years has made it difficult to maintain a profitable business. Temple said another factor is the hall’s location on Abbott Avenue near Woodlawn Park is not the most notable area. The Post and Auxiliary sponsored bingo will play out each of its progressive jackpot games in October and will end all bingo at the end of the month. Blood drives on the first Tuesday of each month will be held in November as scheduled at the VFW Hall. The VFW will work with the Blood Center of Wisconsin to help them find a new location to keep the drive within the community. The officers and members of the Post and Auxiliary want to make it clear that the VFW Post is strong and active and will continue to operate and function within the community, the underlying mission remaining the same; honoring and serving the needs of Veterans.