Meadville Tribune

Local News

April 27, 2008

Area volunteers spruce up public property

A rhythmic “ca-chunk” was ringing out as Nick Ozorak was working Saturday.

The sound emanated from a pick Ozorak was swinging struck the ground at Meadville’s Huidekoper Park.

Ozorak, a junior at Meadville Area Senior High School, was helping prepare the ground for a short foot bridge over a small stream at the park.

“It’s a nice park in a nice location,” Ozorak said of why he and other members of the school’s National Honor Society were working. “It just needs a little touch up.”

Ozorak was one of about 50 teen-agers and Allegheny college students at Huidekoper Park as part of Global Youth Service Day. There were about 100 at various locations around the county working on community service projects.

“It’s our day to showcase the youth and young adults in the community and show what they can do,” said Scarlett Graham, the volunteer coordinator for the event at the French Creek Valley Community Improvement Center. “They’re all in service groups doing projects throughout the year.”

Global Youth Service Day is an annual global event, Graham said. It helps recognize the year-round contributions of young people to build their communities and their world through voluntary service, she said.

Rhianna Hughes of Grand Rapids, Mich., a freshman at Allegheny College, was helping clean the small trail at Huidekoper. A member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, Hughes enjoys giving her time.

“I like doing a lot of service projects,” she said. “Our fraternity wants us to do at least 15 hours of community service. This is one way to do so.”

Stephanie Klocke, another Allegheny freshman and member of Alpha Phi Omega, had no qualms about working on the trail.

“It’s not bad,” she said while raking. “You get to be outside in nice weather — and procrastinate on homework.”

Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks