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Put faith in God

Put faith in God

*Put faith in God *Community pitches in for AAUW event

Put faith in God

We the people have a major problem. With all the pressures of life like: Where can I get a job? How can I pay my bills? How do I keep my home? Now many people are asking themselves these same questions.

I went through the same questions trying to find a solution to all my problems until I got sick. I almost died with worry. After I was so sick and got well, it all came to me. And had I thought about it before I had gotten sick, I would have saved myself from a heart attack.

I had no earthly help. So I asked God, and He brought me through every major problem. It might not have been the way I wanted it, but today I am worry free. I’m not saying that I don’t have any needs. I have enough faith and trust in God that I can overcome most problems. I can honestly say I’m not alone. With God, all things are possible, and I’m a firm believer.

Also, what goes around, comes around. Keep the faith and ask for help, and your problems will get smaller and you won’t get sick. We all need help for our family or relationships or for ourselves. I’m not a fanatic. It’s just a reminder of where you can seek help where you won’t get ripped off, and the help doesn’t cost you a dime. Ask for help, and walk stress free; God won’t let you down. Faith and trust is our answer. Don’t be afraid to stand up against those who are stressing you out. That’s what this country was built on, from our Constitution to our morality.

One Nation Under God; In God We Trust — this is what a lot of American men died for, black and white. I also think a lot of Americans forgot where we came from. Know your biblical history and how it was used in our American history.

Claude Rizzicone Jr.


Community pitches in for AAUW event

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has a history of encouraging women to pursue science, dating back to 1920 when a small group of women, the founders of AAUW, raised funds to purchase a gram of radium for Marie Curie to use in her research.

Later in the century, AAUW worked for the passage of Title IX, which provides equal opportunities to girls not only to participate in sports, but also ensures the opportunity for them to take the same math, science, engineering and technology (STEM) courses in school as boys. The focus on STEM continues in this century, as AAUW branches across the United States, including our local Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW, hold Tech Savvy events for girls.

However, the support of the community is what really makes these events a success. The recent Tech Savvy Summit for Girls was done in partnership with FMCC [Fulton Montgomery County Community College] which is also a College Partner Member of AAUW. Faculty, staff and FM graduates volunteered their time to facilitate hands on workshops in classrooms and labs on campus giving the girls attending a close-up of the local community college.

Thanks to Chuck Saul and Jason Radlin, the “tech men” at FM, who made sure the mics, computers and projectors were ready for our speakers, and to Chartwells for the great food.

Appreciation goes to P-TECH Principal Michael Dardaris for speaking to the adults attending about this exciting new program to help high school freshmen transition to college and careers in technology.

Generous donations from Stewarts’s Shops, NBT Bank, Delta Kappa Gamma, St. Mary’s Hospital, Soroptimist International of Fulton County, Fulton County Credit Union, Fit Happens, Johnstown Teachers Association, Mayfield Teachers Association, Gloversville Teachers Association, Post Net and Fort Plain Teachers Association made it possible for the local AAUW branch to afford to hold the event at FM, purchase “bunny suits” for the girls to wear in the nanotech clean-room workshop, provide registration materials, drawstring backpacks, and cover part of the cost of food.

A special thanks goes to the administration and staff at each of the 14 schools in the tri-counties who made the extra effort to bus their girls to the event, even though several only had a half-day of school.

Of course, the third annual Tech Savvy Summit for Girls on May 20 could not have taken place without the hard work of AAUW members. Thank you to all!

Elizabeth Russo


The writer is co-president of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW.

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