Jewell Cardwell

Big beautiful bouquets to Canton mail carrier Anthony Ramos, who recently drew thunderous applause from the staff at Canton’s Lehman Middle School and the undying gratitude of a student and her mother.

Ramos, a mail carrier with more than 18 years of service, not only saved the day for the student, but also her upcoming school trip to the nation’s capital. He turned in an envelope that was dropped by the student on her way to school.

“It had the student’s name on it and ‘Deposit for D.C. Trip,’ ” said Ramos’ supervisor, Natalie Labs. “He never opened the envelope so he never knew how much money was inside. He just knew it was cash!

“So, he went to the school to make sure it belonged there. It did. … Had anyone else found it, they might not have done the right thing. … The girl’s mother, who was so grateful, called to say her family would not have been able to replace the money and the girl would not have been able to go on the trip. … We’ve had several Lehman staff members call thanking him.”

Given what an easy target the U.S. Post Office has become, I thought it only fair to give a real stamp of approval to one of its many employees who regularly do a great job.

Fall Feast on Saturday

Hats off to nearly 50 students involved in interfaith, service and justice organizations at the College of Wooster, who will be serving a “Fall Feast” Saturday to about 100 low-income residents at Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster.

The guests will be clients from the city’s free meal programs: Trinity’s breakfast, Salvation Army, Zion Lutheran’s Meals Together and Second Baptist’s Friday Dinners.

“Interfaith Campus Ministries students gather each year to plan an interfaith event for the campus community,” said Linda Morgan-Clement, chaplain and director of the group and an adjunct in the department of religious studies. “This year, the group decided to create the Fall Feast for members of the city of Wooster community who do not get to eat as regularly or as well as students do each day. The project comes out of student’s joint commitment to service as a part of their moral and (for some) spiritual connections.

“This is a perfect way for Interfaith Campus Ministries’ joint focus on spiritual and religious life and peace and social justice to be embodied in action. Funding for the meal is coming from those who participate in the Soup and Bread program, which enables individuals to eat a modest lunch and designate the difference in price from their meal plan to a fund to feed the hungry.”

Event organizers are encouraging at least 200 students, faculty and staff to “swipe in” for Soup and Bread on Friday to help support the meal, provided by Wooster’s Dining Services.

The students who will help prepare and serve the meal, and eat with the dinner guests, are from the following organizations: Hillel, Noor, Soup and Bread, Wooster Volunteer Network, Newman Catholic, Wooster Christian Fellowship, Secular Student Alliance, Worthy Questions, Peace by Peace, Poverty House, Word Up, Campus Impact, Interfaith Scholars and Interfaith Dinners.

Angels on Track

Even in the depths of their sorrow, Canal Fulton’s Vicky and Dennis Moore found a way to help prevent avoidable tragedies like the one that claimed their son Ryan.

Their mission? To blanket as many local communities with information about non-gated, sight-obstructed railroad crossings and make repairs.

They’re doing it through the Angels on Track Foundation, which they established in 1997, after a train-car collision claimed the lives of Ryan and two friends March 25, 1995, at a Conrail railroad crossing at Deerfield Avenue.

Three others — including the driver, Ryan’s 18-year-old brother Jason — survived. All six were Northwest High School students.

A Beacon Journal story three days after the accident said, “There are no gates, no red flashing lights, no clanging bell. Just a crossbuck and a yield sign. The crossing, which was the scene of another fatal crash less than two months ago, made the state’s priority list for warning devices last year. But the flashing lights and gates aren’t expected to be installed until summer of 1996, if that early.”

The story further noted that the crossing lay at the foot of a heavily wooded hill, and trees partially blocked the driver’s view of oncoming trains and left little time to react. (The problem has since been corrected.)

In the aftermath of this monumental tragedy, the Moores through Angels on Track have funded the installation of 17 sets of gates in Stark, Medina, Huron, Delaware and Wayne counties to the tune of more than $400,000.

As a direct result of their Dangerous Crossing Reports, where anyone in the state can report a dangerous crossing, an additional 27 sets of gates have been installed; see www.angelsontrack.org. The Moores also were invited to testify before Congress in 2005.

Angels on Track will host its inaugural fundraiser at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, at St. Joseph’s Family Center, 610 W. Exchange St., Akron.

“Money raised will help Angels on Track identify dangerous crossings, as well as produce a railroad safety video [CD] that can be used in drivers education classes, schools and other safety programs across Ohio,” the Moores said in a joint statement.

The fundraiser includes a reverse raffle with a grand prize of $2,500, a silent auction, a live auction with items such as a Hilton Head condo for one week, Goodyear blimp ride, and for NASCAR fans, an authenticated tire that was on Kasey Kahne’s car during the 2004 Charlotte race. A queen-size quilt was designed by Akron’s Helen Louis and machine-quilted by Barberton’s Zella Stemple for raffle.

Tickets are $75 and include hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dinner and a chance in the reverse raffle ($50 without the raffle chance). Deadline is Nov. 7. Quilt tickets are $5.

For more information, please call 330-738-3197.

A Night to Build Hope

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County is hosting “A Night to Build Hope” at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Portage Country Club. The event is a combination wine/beer tasting and live and silent auctions with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dress is business casual.

“Through community funding support and our zero-interest 20- to 30- year mortgages, we enable families to own their own home, oftentimes for less than they were previously paying in rent for substandard housing,” said Andrea Ehasz, spokeswoman for the local chapter. “Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity of Summit County has built over 165 homes in our community and has invested more than $11 million in real estate development. We couldn’t do this without your help!”

Cost to attend Friday’s benefit is $75 in advance, $135 couple; $90 each at the door. For more information, please visit http://www.hfhsummitcounty.org/donate/antbh-sign-up.aspx.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or jcardwell@thebeaconjournal.com.