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The Telegram
  • All-city food drive to honor WW II veterans

  • The third annual all-city memorial food drive, named after Martin Welpe, will take place in the city of Little Falls on Saturday, June 1.

    Coordinated by Little Falls High School teachers Carolyn Wallace and Whitney Shepard, the drive will involve 50 to 60 students who will collect canned goods, pasta and macaroni and cheese, said Herkimer County Hunger Coalition Founder Ray Lenarcic.

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  • The third annual all-city memorial food drive, named after Martin Welpe, will take place in the city of Little Falls on Saturday, June 1.
    Coordinated by Little Falls High School teachers Carolyn Wallace and Whitney Shepard, the drive will involve 50 to 60 students who will collect canned goods, pasta and macaroni and cheese, said Herkimer County Hunger Coalition Founder Ray Lenarcic.
    Past efforts generated an average of 1,200 items for the Little Falls Food Pantry and were done in the memories of Marine Sgt. Joseph “Stash” Zawtocki and the five local men who died during the Korean War, said Lenarcic.
    This year’s drive will honor World War II veterans, with a special tribute to the five men from the Little Falls High School Class of 1943 who were killed in action — Vernon Bailey, Nellis Jones, Walter Sheehan, Philip Spine and Edward Wroblewski.
    The students will wear T-shirts with the five heroes’ names on them, said Lenarcic.
    “The coalition is most grateful to Carol, Whitney and the students for remembering our veterans and in the process helping their food pantry during difficult times. The kids are a credit to their school, community and families,” he said.
    Welpe was the chairman of the mathematics department at Little Falls High School and died unexpectedly on April 7. A 1988 graduate of Little Falls High School, he was well known by students and staff as a man who enjoyed teaching.

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