Kids tell ‘Y’ 2009 was good year

Clockwise from bottom left, Logan Vanderhoof, Sree Jupudy, Nikki Orton and Dylan Vanderhoof, pose with YMCA group supervisor Tiara White, center, to wish residents a happy new year. Journal photo by Erin Passinger

The year 2009 was good for 10-year-old Dylan Vanderhoof because that’s when he got his dog, Gracie.

For Sree Jupudy, 9, he had the opportunity to do some traveling with the YMCA’s summer day camp program.

“We went to Waldameer, Dry Gultch, the Erie Zoo and putt-putting,” he said.

And for 7-year-old Logan Vanderhoof, he found a cat that he’s hoping his parents will let him keep as a pet.

“She’s a really pretty cat,” he said.

No matter how big or small, and no matter the age, good things happened to local residents in 2009.

While the year certainly experienced it’s share of downs — including job losses and a faltering economy — several of Corry’s younger residents took time to reflect on the year’s ups as 2009 draws to a close.

The highlight for Tiara White, a group supervisor at the YMCA in Corry, was a recent Christmas shopping trip in Buffalo, where she ran into some familiar Pittsburgh faces.

“We were shopping at the mall and I ran into the players for the Pittsburgh Penguins,” White said. “I actually had on my Crosby jersey and someone came up to me and said, ‘Hey, did you know that Crosby is here?’”

Players Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin were among the shoppers who stood out in the holiday crowd.

See the Journal's Wednesday, December 30th edition for full story.

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