Groton on the Inside: Groton alumnus motors his childhood dream to reality

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By Linda Competillo

 

For as long as he can remember, according to Groton High School alumnus, Logan Wannall `10, owning his own auto body shop has been his dream. Just a few short months ago, Wannall realized the fruition of that dream as he opened the doors to Epiq Auto; a full collision and general maintenance shop, located at 458 Champlin Rd.

Wannall’s success is clearly the result of hard work and belief in his dream, coupled with the many ups and downs he experienced getting from graduation from Groton, earning his completer certificate in the Auto Body program from the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Services and his AAS from Alfred State College in the field of collision repair and paint basics, where he graduated at the top of his class, to where he is today.

While in high school, Wannall also competed in the Skills USA competition, placing first in the state, and later fourth in the nation, and was named the 2010 T-S-T BOCES Career and Technical Education Student of the Year. All that experience gleaned him continuous employment at local body shops ever since. He was also able to purchase his own home at the ripe young age of 22!

As the keynote speaker at the 2018 CTE awards ceremony, Wannall told the audience, “Nobody can sit here and figure your life out for you. That’s something you need to put your own head down and figure out for yourselves. And are you going to fail at some point? More than likely, but that’s not a reason to be afraid of it or not to try. Follow your heart and everything else will fall into place. You are your greatest tool and it is up to you to keep that tool as sharp as it can possibly be at all times.”

If all of this were not enough, Wannall also gives his time to the Groton Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, which he has also been involved with since his high school days. In 2015, he received the prestigious “Firefighter of the Year” award. Then fire chief, Jamie Babcock, outlined the contributing factors to Wannall’s being chosen for that honor. Babcock said Wannall not only completed his required “Firefighter 1” class, but also finished out at top of his class and was valedictorian, was extremely dedicated to in-house training, completed his fire officer class, and also completed a specialty class in heavy metal extrication from big rigs.

“I can honestly admit that I couldn’t be happier doing this as a career, because I get to use the skills that I have developed and I get to do what I love every single day, and it’s gotten me to where I am today. It may not be the easiest life, but it’s honorable and nobody can ever say you didn’t earn everything you have, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world” said Wannall.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by Epiq Auto and say hello, give him a call at 315-497-9234, or drop him an email at EpiqAuto2018@gmail.com. You can’t miss the place with the 1935 V-8 Ford grain truck parked outside bearing the business sign and logo, and Wannall would enjoy telling you how that came to be!

 

Library happenings

The Groton Public Library’s monthly book club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Stop in for a copy of this month’s book, “There, There” by Tommy Orange, and then come for the discussion. All are welcome.

The library will host a free community meal, funded by Sustainable Tompkins, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. All are welcome to attend this monthly meal and conversation. The meal served will be hot dogs with toppings galore.

Did you know there is food available for anyone every Tuesday at the library? Free, healthy food, supplied by the Friendship Donation Network and local farmers, is dropped off each Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. Stop by and check it out.

 

Fundraisers for the French Club

The Groton High School French Club is sponsoring a rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the village lot on Main St. In case of rain, it will be relocated to the high school.

Items for sale include household items, books, games, toys, furniture, clothing, collectible items such as dollhouse furniture, pan tins, Pinocchio dolls, and more, and a plethora of other miscellaneous items.

The proceeds from the sale are intended to help enable the French class students who are traveling to France in April 2019 to add an additional memorable excursion to the 10-day itinerary to visit the D-Day Beaches of Normandy. It would be an honor and a privilege for these students to have this opportunity, as 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion by the Allied Forces.

The eighth annual French Club craft fair is not too far away, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Crafters are invited to apply now to reserve an 8-foot by 10-foot space to display their wares. Applications are available at grotoncs.org or by contacting Annette Twitchell at atwitchell@groton.cnyric.org or (607) 898-5803 for more information or to request an application.

 

Breakfast buffet in McLean

The McLean Fire Department Auxiliary will be putting on another of its famous breakfast buffets at the McLean Fire Station, from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. They will be serving regular pancakes with an optional warm apple topping, blueberry pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, sausage, ham, sausage gravy with biscuits, and peach cobbler to top it all off.

The cost for the meal is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $5 for children. For further information, please call (607) 838-8249 or (607) 838-3444.

Groton on the Inside appears weekly. Submit items to Linda Competillo, lmc10@cornell.edu or 607-227-4922.

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