Holiday helpers: Local giving traditions continue amid pandemic

The 73nd annual Old Newsboys Day to benefit the Salvation Army is Friday and volunteers include, from left to right; top row: David Fluno, Robert Schweitzer, Dennis Smullen, David Daily and David Bonnie; middle row: Mel Busler, Joseph Roselli, Bruce Erwin and Doug Miller; front row: Bonnie Yonkovig and Maggie Groves. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

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Salvation Army in Ogdensburg provides hot meals, fellowship

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Alyssa J. Douglas shares a smile at the Ogdensburg Salvation Army soup kitchen at 401 Franklin St. She said the event provides more than a meal, but a place to talk and meet others in the community.

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North country women stitch up plan to help widows in Malawi

Ellen D. Grayson poses Friday with a treadle sewing machine and a school uniform from Malawi at her sister-in-law’s house in Madrid. Mrs. Grayson and Margot M. McGorman of Watertown will visit Malawi this June to teach widows how to sew school uniforms. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Ellen D. Grayson poses Friday with a treadle sewing machine and a school uniform from Malawi at her sister-in-law’s house in Madrid. Mrs. Grayson and Margot M. McGorman of Watertown will visit Malawi this June to teach widows how to sew school uniforms. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Two north country women are hoping that by sharing their sewing skills they can improve the lives of widows in a rural community in Malawi, a poverty-stricken country in Southeast Africa. [Read more…]