From generous city employees to a big help with Little League fields to a student who excels and a poetic tribute to a local treasure, this week wraps up 2013 with plenty of good news.
Fairfield city employees responded in a big way when the city’s Economic Development Department challenged them to make non-cash donations to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
In early December, 10 boxes of donations from employees, as well as other regional donations, were shipped to the Philippine Red Cross and Sagip Kapamilya, both in-country, nonprofit organizations, according to a city newsletter.
When the Fairfield Pacific Little League needed help clearing debris from its fields at Allan Witt Park, Tom Zappetta of Affordable Hauling and Tractor Service in Vacaville jumped in and helped.
According to Mark Andrews, the league’s fields director, Zappetta brought his tractor from Vacaville to work for a few hours on the fields – and ended up returning three more times to spend more than 20 hours filling two large trash containers. Andrews said in an email that now up to four teams can warm up before games thanks to the cleaning – and that Zappetta has no children in the league.
Julia Schultz, a sophomore pre-mechanical engineering major from Vacaville, was among the students who made the Scholastic Honor Roll for the fall term at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
Schultz had a grade-point average of better than 3.5 to be among the 3,631 students so honored.
Donald Henry Crouse of Suisun City passes along the following poem about Jan Davenport, the property manager for Casa de Suisun senior apartments.
Davenport is also vice president of the Suisun City Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps support activities in the downtown area.
Here is Crouse’s poem, called “Hail to the Volunteer:”
“Most will do a job for money, for a great title honor or fame.
Only a few will pitch in and labor when there is so little to gain.
It takes a special kind of person to roll up their sleeves when there’s a need.
When others sit back with excuses, Jan is there to do a very good deed.
Our country has always been noted for its ever-ready volunteer.
It’s a fact we should never forget, and tell it for all to hear.
If there’s a task to help her neighbors, look to Jan, the cheerful volunteer.
While others hem and haw, and quickly step to the rear.
Jan is the one enjoying a secret pride and is full of life and cheer.
Do what we all out to try – hats off to the volunteer.”
Well written, Donald.
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