Ian Giovannetti, a Fulton native and sophomore at Champlain College in Burlington. Vt., will be spending three weeks during the month of May volunteering at an Ugandan orphanage.
Through the Service and Civic Engagement Center at the college, Giovannetti signed up to volunteer at the Malayaka House Orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda.
While there, he will spend his time teaching at the school, farming, and helping with general maintenance projects.
The Malayaka House Orphanage was started in 2005 by American tourist Robert Fleming while visiting the country of Uganda.
Through a series of unusual events, he found himself with the responsibility of being the care-taker of an abandoned new-born baby girl. This child was soon joined by others brought to him the Ugandan authorities who felt their only choice was to ask an American tourist to look after them.
The United Way of Greater Oswego County thanked its volunteers Wednesday at the organization’s 74th annual meeting and salute to volunteers breakfast.
Executive Director Melanie Trexler opened the gathering by thanking Alliance Bank for sponsoring the annual meeting and for partnering with the United Way.
“This is our opportunity to say thanks and pay homage to all of the dedicated, hard-working individuals in our community that work together to make the 2011–2012 United Way campaign such a success,” said Trexler.
Trexler gave a hats off to United Way’s hundreds of volunteers for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking the time to work together for a common cause, which has an impact on the entire community.
So much feedback from my last column about “characters” from Fulton’s past and so little space to cram it all in!
Dick Gillespie e-mailed me to say Chick Tallman’s father, Vernon Tallman, was the custodian of the Presbyterian Church and that as young people Chick was often with the group.
Dick said on Oneida Street they had “Hawshaw, a tall lankly fellow who was seemingly always on the road (walking) and the story was told he refused a lift because he was always in a hurry!” (Note from Jerry: I think Hawshaw’s first name was George.)
Dick said the tracks in front of city hall, in the photo with my article, were of the Syracuse-Oswego Trolley and that Art Jones was the authority on the trains (in their high school class) and he misses chatting with him on occasion.
Thanks, Dick for the input. I also knew Art Jones, but in later life and as one of the friendliest guys around. His standard greeting was “Good to see you, good to see you, good to see you,” and I believe he really meant it! May he rest in peace.