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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Family Festival raises $2K for Sister Cities program

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  • CORNING | Marissa Ohl was thrilled with the success Saturday of the Second annual Chicken BBQ and Family Festival.
    The event, held at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 524 off Baker Street, raised more that $2,000 to help pay for trips the 15 high school students from San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, will take when they visit the Crystal City in late September.
    Ohl’s family is hosting one of those students, San Giovanni Valdarno senior Marianna Casprini.
    “I think it will be really fun to have someone stay with us from overseas,” said Ohl. “I’ll do the same when I travel there early next year.”
    Ohl, a Corning-Painted Post junior, said she and Casprini talk on Facebook all the time.
    “I've also friended other (San Giovanni Valdarno students),” Ohl said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
    Dee Hill, chairman of the Corning-San Giovanni Valdarno Sister City Association, said the festival featured live music, a bouncy house, free games, prizes and face painting for kids.
    “It was a great time,” Hill said. “I’m glad everyone enjoyed it. It’s great to raise funds to help pay for the San Giovanni Valdarno students’ trips.”
    Sal Trentanelli, president of Corning’s Sister City Association, said once the students arrive in America they will spend their first two days in New York City, before heading to Corning.
    The students will also travel to Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls and several other regional areas.
    The festival was hosted by the VFW.
    “It’s a good program,” said Charlie Bosket, captain of the 524 Veterans of Foreign War Post. “It helps students, and the VFW likes to help the students.”
    Hill said Ohl is just one of about a dozen students from the Corning-Painted Post school district will visit Italy next February.
    John Trentanelli, a Corning-Painted Post junior who traveled to San Giovanni Valdarno last year, said Italy was a much different experience than being in America.
    “They do things differently that we do it here in America,” John Trentanelli said. “They often walk or take the train instead of driving. It’s just much different there than is it here. I’m looking forward to going back.”
    The Corning-San Giovanni Valdarno Sister City student exchange program is now in its ninth year.

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