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Locals help hurricane relief efforts

The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross recently sent 22 Santa Cruz volunteers to New York and New Jersey, in addition to 11 sent earlier, to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In all, the Red Cross sent 127 volunteers from the Bay Area. Among them were two Felton residents, Darryl Davies and Howard Yancey, and a Scotts Valley resident, Daniel McRae.

The men helped with food, client casework, sheltering, logistics and mass care.

Information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities and financial contributions can be found online at or by calling 462-2881.


Activist recognized for work on special-needs resources center

Elizabeth Walch, former president of the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library, has been recognized as a Community Hero by the Santa Cruz County United Way for her efforts in establishing a special-needs resource center at the Scotts Valley Branch Library.

Walch, of Scotts Valley, helped create the center to provide information and guidance to families, educators and others who work with the special-needs community.

A Nov. 19 celebration honored Walch and other United Way community heroes at Twin Lakes Church in Soquel.

The library is at 251 Kings Village Road. Details about the resource center can be found at


Felton man named to county fair board

Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed a Felton man and a Watsonville woman to the Santa Cruz County Fair Board.

The appointees are Les Gardner, 66, of Felton, and Diana Moreno-Inman, 48, of Watsonville.

Gardner has been a self-employed real estate investor and private lender since 1966. He was also a self-employed spring water supplier from 1985 to 2003. A member of the Valley Women’s Club, he recently served as 5th District Supervisor Mark Stone’s representative on the county redistricting committee.

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the agricultural history of Santa Cruz County and its people and invests in sharing that heritage with local youth.

For information:


Scotts Valley girls attend Mountain Harmony Camp

Nikki Olivas and Janine Snyder, sophomores in Beth Hollenbeck’s chorus class at Scotts Valley High, recently sang with 63 other young women from Northern California at the Sweet Adelines Mountain Harmony Camp in Occidental.

The girls were coached by the Love Notes quartet, the third-place medalists at the most recent international convention held by Sweet Adelines International, an organization of female singers committed to advancing barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.

“My students enjoyed the Mountain Harmony Camp and were excited to be working with Love Notes,” Hollenbeck said.


Felton resident makes grade

Felton resident Daniela McIntire was recently named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art and Design for the fall quarter.

McIntire, a graduate of San Lorenzo Valley High, was required to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better for the quarter to receive recognition.

Savannah College of Art and Design is based in Savannah, Ga., and is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution that confers bachelor’s and master’s degrees to prepare students for professional careers.


Boulder Creek man on dean’s list

In February, Kyle Stagnaro of Boulder Creek was one of 1,306 students who were named to Biola University’s spring dean’s list for academic excellence.

Biola students are placed on the dean’s list when they achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. During the spring term, 33 percent of students at Biola, a Christian university in Southern California, achieved that goal.

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