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Nicholas Chase Pittman, 16, of Yorba Linda, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest advancement rank within the Boy Scouts of America.
Pittman is a member of Boy Scout Troop 99, sponsored by the Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Club under the leadership of Scoutmaster Shane Adams.
For his Eagle Scout Service Project he chose to benefit Help for Brain Injured Children, or HBIC, in La Habra. Pittman designed, engineered and provided leadership to build six garden cages that not only keep the critters out, but allowed for ample sunshine and easy access for the students to continue to use the gardens as part of their ongoing curriculum and life skills training.
— Submitted by Charlie Pittman
YMCA of Orange County recently hosted its annual Crab Feast and Auction Under the Stars at the Fullerton Family YMCA, raising $52,893. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s community after-school programs in Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Placentia. The YMCA supports programs at the Richman Neighborhood Center, Villa Plumosa and Oakcrest Terrace centers in hopes of providing more programming to the youth and families in the community, officials said.
A 2018 La Habra High School graduate and city native is serving in the U. S. Navy at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, home to the U. S. Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Ramirez is a Navy yeoman serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11. A Navy yeoman is responsible for performing various administrative and clerical duties.
“I like that I get to meet everyone in the command,” Ramirez said. “I’m in customer service so I get a chance to meet everyone.”
— Submitted by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jerry Jimenez, Navy Office of Community Outreach
Richman Elementary School in Fullerton has a new inline skating rink, thanks to the Anaheim Ducks.
An Anaheim Ducks S. C. O. R. E. Power Play program grant helped build the outdoor rink. The program uses hockey to promote education, encourage healthy and active living, reinforce the importance of positive character building, and reward youth for their dedication of pursing academic excellence, officials said. The program is funded by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the NHL and the NHLPA.
Alzheimer’s Orange County recently honored Theresa Jenkins of La Palma for the extraordinary care she has provided to her husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 54, while simultaneously taking care of her family as the breadwinner.
Jenkins was among several recognized at the nonprofit’s 12th annual Visionary Women Caregivers Luncheon. She was honored in the Family Caregiver category, which fetes those family members who are on the frontlines (present or past) of providing compassionate care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia.
“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be an intensely emotional journey,” said Jim McAleer, AOC CEO and president. “We were honored to recognize these incredible individuals who selflessly pour their hearts and energy into improving the lives of those who can no longer care for themselves.”
Alzheimer’s Orange County provides programs and services, free of charge, to Orange County residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders, their families, caregivers, and the community.
— Submitted by Chau Vuong
Paul Deis and John Rodenbour of the St. Boniface Church in Anaheim and Wilford Cruz and John Clark of St. Mary’s Church in Fullerton recently received the Fourth Degree Exemplification of the Knights of Columbus. It’s the highest degree of the order.
They were among about 300 recipients who now have the honor of being called “Sir Knight” and whose responsibilities include escorting the bishop during visits to local churches, attending funeral masses for brother Knights and engaging and inspiring patriotic Catholicism.
The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights’ respective countries through membership in local Fourth Degree groups called Americans. There are close to 1.2 million Knights of Columbus throughout the world.
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