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Nun to be honored for work with needy

Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, founder of St. Adelbert's Response to Love Center, will be honored on Saturday in Alexandria, Va., for her service to veterans.

AMVETS will present her with the Silver Helmet Award, its highest honor in the rehabilitation category, during a banquet at the Hilton Mark Center Hotel.

Known primarily as the director of the center on Kosciuszko Street that dispenses food, shelter and counseling services to East Siders, the Felician nun also has worked quietly to help veterans transition back to civilian life. Veterans account for about 30 percent of those served at the center.

Edward Kemp, AMVETS national commander, said, "We think she's a role model who is deserving of national recognition. She is an inspiration to all of us."

The Western New York native was a religion teacher and pastoral associate at St. Adelbert's School and opened a soup kitchen after the school closed in 1985.


Veterans back memorial to soldier slain in Iraq

JAMESTOWN -- The father of a Celoron man killed in Iraq is moving forward with a memorial for all veterans at the city's AMVETS Post.

Commander Jerry Johnson of AMVETS Post 1996 on Fluvanna Avenue said he offered to erect a memorial when James Matteson and the Village of Celoron couldn't agree on a site for one.

Johnson said Matteson's son, Sgt. J.C. Matteson, who was killed in the battle for Fallujah, was a member of the post. "It will be better appreciated [here] than being in Celoron Park," Johnson said.

Matteson said $6,000 has been donated toward the memorial. AMVETS is hosting a fund-raiser for the memorial from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Tickets are $10.

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