Danville Express

Living - May 4, 2007

Of note

John Combs is Eagle Scout

John Patrick Combs, son of local Realtors Joe and Nancy Combs, was awarded Scouting's highest award, the rank Eagle Scout, on Sunday afternoon, April 22, at the Alamo Women's Club. In completing the Eagle requirements, John became the eighth member of his family to earn the Eagle Scout Award, including his father, Joe Combs, four uncles and two cousins.

More than 50 Scouts and parents were in attendance at the ceremony. The National Court of Honor was hosted by Troop 236 of the Community Presbyterian Church of Danville and was presided over by Silverado Boy Scout Council Commissioner Rich Richmond of Alamo and Troop 236 Scoutmaster Steve Lipson, also of Alamo. The featured speaker was Evan Corstorphine of Alamo, an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 236, and John's Philmont Trek Leader.

During his Scouting career, John Combs served as Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader in Troop 236. His Eagle Scout project was the construction of 15 Wood Duck Nesting Boxes that were donated to the California Waterfowl Association. He said he was helped by pool contractor Chuck Bauman, Creative Environments of Alamo, local builder Mark Scott, Mark Scott Construction, and Ron Soloman, a Danville resident.

John Combs is a senior at Monte Vista High School where he plays water polo and sings in the choir. He will attend Montana State University in the fall where he plans to earn a degree in business administration.

Hospital honors its volunteers

San Ramon Regional Medical Center honored its volunteers with a luncheon April 20 at Crow Canyon Country Club during National Volunteer Week.

"We appreciate the many hours of personal service our 149 volunteers contribute to our hospital. They represent the heart and soul of our organization," said hospital chief executive officer Gary Sloan.

Thirty-eight volunteers will receive awards for their hours of service as follows:

6,500 hours: Don Scott of San Ramon

5,000 hours: Alan Kong, Danville

3,500 hours: Dottie Kaiser, Danville

3,000 hours: Rudy Fruscella, Danville; Bob Smith, Danville; Kathy Dimino, San Ramon

2,500 hours: Marilynn Hoffman, San Ramon

2,000 hours: Savita Gupta, Pleasanton

1,500 hours: Eileen Lofy, Danville

1,000 hours: Virginia Beaty, Pleasanton; Connie Burke, San Ramon; Judie Burns, San Ramon; Patricia Fried, San Ramon; Dorothee Cantisano, Walnut Creek

500 hours: Geri Wallace, Castro Valley; Maxine Scofield, Danville; Bob Scheppler, Dublin; Donna Crawford, Pleasanton; Donna Szabados, San Ramon

250 hours: Nancy Domde, Danville; Beatriz Pussman, Danville; Nimi Magar, Dublin; Tricia Robinson, Dublin; Linda Mijares, San Ramon; Kimberly Ong, San Ramon; Angie Roncagliolo, San Ramon

100 hours: Elizabeth Dowling, Alamo; Sherri Gump, Danville; Peggy Massey, Danville; Lisa Van Diggelen, Danville; Cynthia Tierney, Dublin; Julie Palmer, Livermore; RoseMarie Dix, Pleasanton; Anthony Chuma, San Jose; Mary Grace Miranda, San Ramon; Karpagam Rathinam, San Ramon; Hilary Topalian, San Ramon; David Ward, San Ramon

Volunteers have served the hospital since it opened in 1990. Adult and junior volunteers work in the gift shop, reception, nursing units, and many other departments.

The hospital is recruiting people to work in the gift shop; for information, call Kimi Miyamura, director of Volunteer Services, at 275-8291.

PE teacher named best in state

Danville resident Terri Drain, who is a physical education teacher at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton, has been named the 2007 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

The school district said Drain is an educator who not only serves as a positive role model that epitomizes health and fitness, but also as an individual who makes a tremendous impact on students school-wide. From healthy snacks and birthday treats to sunscreen and hats, she has helped to influence healthy choices at Vintage Hills.

Evelyn Walker receives honor

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area announced today that Evelyn Walker, managing broker of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Danville, has earned the coveted President's Council Award for her office's success in 2006. The designation is given to the most successful Coldwell Banker offices out of approximately 3,800 in 31 countries worldwide based on total profit, return on revenue and mortgage usage categories.

"This honor is in fact a recognition of the excellence of this office," said Walker. "I am proud of all of our sales associates as well as our support staff. We work hard for our clients and it is great to know that the Danville office is being recognized for its success and dedication to excellent service."

A 19-year real estate veteran, Walker has been with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage since 1991. Her responsibilities include overseeing the activities of approximately 80 sales associates and eight staff members.

In honor of her success, Walker will be extended an invitation to the President's Council Retreat being held this summer at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec.

Art students honor Earth Day

KB Home announced the winners of its second annual Earth Day Art Contest, at a ceremony open to students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, their parents and school and town officials. It was held at KB's new environmentally friendly community Levanto at Monterosso near Danville, where the top nine entries were framed and hung in the model homes.

Placing first was John Paul Robertson from Pine Valley Middle School; second was Brian Lau from Windermere Ranch Middle School; third was Winnie Chang from Iron Horse Middle School. Runners up included April Atkinson from Charlotte Wood Middle School, Andrew Chow from Diablo Vista Middle School, and Rhea Smith from Stone Valley middle School.

"This partnership has helped our students to express their creativity," said Gayle Hurd, director of Instructional Services for the school district. "In addition, I know each of them will come away from this experience with a better understanding of Earth Day."

Students from the district's seventh and eighth grade art classes had two week to complete an Earth Day themed art project, which were judged based on their creativity and relevance to Earth Day, which was April 22.


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