Former Douglas resident Francisco Arciniega recently returned to visit his mother, but he has been doing much more than that.
Francisco Barrios/Douglas Dispatch Francisco Arciniega with granddaughter Julani and Loretto’s Principal Sister Mary Aloysius after a recognition ceremony for all the winners of the Speech Contests held last week.
He came back to Douglas for four months and decided to visit his old school and found out that he had the chance to give back.
Sister Mary Aloysious, Principal of Loretto’s explained that in December with the cold weather several water pipes burst. “It was like a river in here. It was about 5 p.m. when we discovered the problem, and Arciniega came to see the pipe and fixed the broken pipes with an ingenious solution.” Arciniega said “I made a plug out of wood and attached with a brace into the pipe so the water pressure which is over 60 pounds don’t take it out. This is called in the Navy: Damage Control Plug.”
Since then, Arciniega has helped the school with several basic works to maintain the school clean, safe and functional in behalf of the current students, including second generation granddaughter Julani.Arciniega joined the U.S. Navy in 1964 and went to Vietnam. He later retired in 1991 as Chief Petty Officer and lives in Iowa now.
Francisco Arciniega will leave Douglas next month and go back to Iowa.