Garofano fund becomes scholarshipBy Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | April 17,2013A city employee and his son, killed in Tropical Storm Irene, will be remembered through a scholarship fund.
The Board of Aldermen voted Monday to follow the request of the Garofano family that the fund created in the memory of Michael J. Garofano and Michael G. Garofano be used to grant scholarships to Rutland High School graduates studying engineering or environmental sciences.
The Garofano Family Memorial Scholarship Fund also honors the memory of Robert Garofano, another son of Michael J. Garofano, who died in 2010.
The surviving Garofanos described their desires to the board through a letter from attorney Frank Urso, who is a family friend and has spoken publicly for the Garofanos since the deaths in 2011. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The fund will award one-time scholarships of $2,000 to eligible graduates attending an institution of higher learning in Vermont. Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing involvement in academic clubs or sports, employment and nonschool activities, future educational plans and how the scholarship will meet their needs.
The family will choose from among the applicants and reserved the right to change the requirements
Michael J. Garofano was a city employee of 30 years, and oversaw the water system at the time of Tropical Storm Irene. As heavy rain started to fall, he left for the inlet house in Mendon to make sure certain valves were set properly to protect the city’s water supply.
Michael G. Garofano, an independent landscaper, went along with his father. Neither returned.
The fund was initially created to pay for a monument to the Garofanos, either at the inlet or elsewhere in the city’s water system, and other donations toward that goal have been offered to the city. Mayor Christopher Louras said those discussions are ongoing.
Robert Garofano was an engineer working at Casella Construction.
Applications are available at the Rutland High School guidance office, according to Wilton, and the first scholarship will be awarded this spring. The deadline for application is May 3.
email@example.comMORE IN Local & StateThe Rutland Town Select Board plans to appoint a new member next week who will serve until a... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.