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The Times
  • Mohawk students to lead food drive on Saturday

  • Those living in the village limits may hear a knock on their door Saturday morning when students from Jarvis Junior-Senior High School participate in this year’s Memorial Food Drive.

    The food drive — which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon — will take place to honor the memory of former Mohawk resident Lance Cpl. David Mills, who was killed in action in Vietnam.

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  • Those living in the village limits may hear a knock on their door Saturday morning when students from Jarvis Junior-Senior High School participate in this year’s Memorial Food Drive.
    The food drive — which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon — will take place to honor the memory of former Mohawk resident Lance Cpl. David Mills, who was killed in action in Vietnam.
    The donated food collected by the students will go toward the Herkimer-Mohawk Food Pantry. The drive is organized through the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition and the Fallen Stars Committee.
    Thomas Marriott, a physical education at Jarvis High School and a coordinator for the event, said students from grades 7-12 will participate in the project.
    “It’s in [David Mills’] name, but it’s not just for him, but all of our veterans who have fallen over the many wars we have had,” said Marriott. “For students to give of themselves and help other people ... we hear too many negative things about students, so to hear positive things is very important.”
    He added, “It’s a great event that will help many needy people over the year and the village of Mohawk.”
    The students will be split into groups and canvass different sections of the village to collect the food items, which can also be dropped off at the food pantry or delivered to the American Legion in Mohawk on Saturday.
    “They’re getting up early on Saturday morning. I give them a lot of credit,” said Lois Ardnt, who is helping to coordinate the event.
    Several of the students met at the American Legion to pick up their orange and black T-shirts on Monday, including Samantha Evans, Andrew Martin, Tim Rogers, Connor Schultz, Shelby Schultz and Alissa Snyder. About 15 students are expected to participate, all of whom will be wearing the designated T-shirts.
    “On behalf of the coalition, I’d like to commend the students and Mr. Marriott for their efforts to remember these heroes and in the process augment the supplies of the local pantry,” said Ray Lenarcic, hunger coalition founder, in a news release. “The student volunteers remind us all of the responsibility we all have to remember in a meaningful way the supreme sacrifices of area service men and women.”
    Lenarcic said also being honored through the food drive are Medal of Honor recipients Pvt. Benjamin Gifford and First Lt. Frank West, both of Mohawk. Gifford earned his Medal of Honor during the Civil War and West earned his during the Apache wars.
    He also recognized the efforts of Marc and Bernie Sommer, who are conducting their annual bike rodeo in the memory of Fallen Star Sgt. Michael Uvanni from Rome.
    The coalition conducted a similar food drive in Little Falls over the weekend to honor five of its city residents who died during the Korean War. Nearly 1,500 items of food were collected and $168 was collected in donations.

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