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Church names new children’s ministry director

Boulder Creek resident Janelle Geist is the new Children's Ministries Director at Boulder Creek United Methodist Church.

Geist will supervise a Sunday morning program for children at the church. The program begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning at the church, at the corner of Mountain and Boulder streets.

Geist and her husband, Josh, have two children, Thia, age 5, and Lucia, age 3. She has been at the Santa Cruz United Methodist Church as their Childcare Coordinator. She has studied Early Childhood Education and has Certification of Multiple Subject Emergency Teacher Credential. Her bachelor’s degree is from San Jose State University, with an emphasis in photography.


Local earns dean’s list honors

Paul Webster, the son of Richard and JoAnn Webster of Scotts Valley earned a 3.8 grade point average or better, and was named to the Dean’s List at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. for the fall 2012 semester.

Webster, a 2010 Santa Cruz High School graduate is majoring in politics and government with a focus on international relations. Webster competes for the varsity baseball team, and participates in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and carries roles as vice president for the Interfraternity Council, the Phikeia Pledge Class, and Phi Delta Theta.

He is a representative on the student-athlete advisory committee and the school’s peer board. He also took part in the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute last summer. Webster, according to the school, plans to attend law school after graduating in 2014.


Local earns research grant

Erin Cassidy-Eagle, the director of research at ETR Associates in Scotts Valley was awarded a two-year grant by the Retirement Research Foundation.

The grant will focus on Cassidy-Eagle’s continued work studying ways to improve sleep in older adults living in residential care who suffer from mild cognitive impairments.

The project will include about 50 older adults who live in local facilities in Northern California.

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