A copy of The Gates of Europe has been donated to St. Johnsville’s Reaney Library by Olya (Garbowski) Velseko in memory of former director, Doris Rockefeller. The book is a history of Ukraine.
In 1949, Mrs. Velesko and her family immigrated to the United States having lived in a refugee camp in Austria. Under the sponsorship of Mr. Michael Rapacz, who ran a grocery store on South Division Street at the time, she and her family made their way to St. Johnsville.
Mrs. Velesko attended the St. Johnsville grade school and Mrs. Rockefeller assisted her in learning the English language with library books. When visiting the Reaney Library recently, Mrs. Velesko was able to meet Mathew Rapacz, the grandson of Michael Rapacz.