Danville Express

Living - October 26, 2007

Of note

Special Olympics golfer MJ Mc Colgan of Danville attended the 2007 Summer World Games in Shanghai from Oct. 2-11 with his parents Linda and Mike where, they reported, the people opened their hearts and organizational skills to make it extremely "special."

"The newspapers here have front page as well as a special section covering the events every day," reported Mike Mc Colgan. "We played golf at the best course in Shanghai and it was very interesting."

"The games are another inspirational experience that we can add to our 'rich memory bank," he added.

National 4-H Week was Oct. 7-14, and the Tassjara Valley 4-H wants to promote its club in this community.

"Well, 4-H is a great way to make new friends, be part of a great organization, and learn about new projects like beef, cooking, arts and crafts, cake decorating, cavies, horse, goat, photography, poultry, rabbit, small engine, sheep, sewing, swine, and vet science," this year's president, Nick Winterhalder, wrote in an e-mail. "The most important thing is that 4-H is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills."

This year's officers are Winterhalder, a junior at De La Salle High School; Vice President Monica Riley, a junior at San Ramon Valley High School; Secretary Chris Riley, a freshman at San Ramon Valley; Treasurer Kendyl Schultze; Reporter Natalie Schneider; and Activity Leaders Peter Riley, Dennis Riley and Sommer McCann. The Sergeants of Arms are Dominic Ferrante, a junior at De la Salle, and Mark Heavey, a junior at Monte Vista High School.

The Tassajara Valley 4-H Club meets on the second Monday of each month at Tassajara Hills Elementary School in Danville. More information can be obtained from Laura Vaughn at 683-3114; e-mail her at laura@lauravaughn.com.

The San Ramon Valley High School classes of 1957 held its reunion recently, kicking off the weekend's festivities with a gathering and dinner Friday evening with 76 graduates and guests hosted by Janet Willford's Leadership Class. Then they attended the football game, and the former players were called out onto the field one-by-one at halftime.

The Reunion Dinner was held Saturday evening at the Pleasanton Sheraton, with 140 graduates and guests; on Sunday, 80 attended a picnic at Osage Park. Each graduate received a 50th reunion yearbook with 90 pages of biographies and photos, produced by Lyn Read, who only attended SRVHS her freshman year but still felt very attached to the school and her Alamo classmates. Also Lloyd Fisher created an assortments of DVDs and CDs that included eight hours of music from the '50s and photos from the yearbooks.

Earlier this month, San Ramon Valley High School inducted six new members into its Sports Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the school's Alumni Association. The new inductees are:

* Tina Bowen, class of '96, who played four seasons as a cross country and track and field athlete; she was named All League for four seasons in a row;

* Mike Campbell, class of '78, who excelled at every sport he played in high school, including baseball, basketball and football, and continues his interest in sports as a volunteer;

* Edward Charles Le Cara, class of '91, a four-year varsity wrestler, a three-year varsity starter as a fullback and linebacker on the football team, and a four-year varsity shot-putter and discus thrower;

* Rob Heidger, class of '87, a two-time varsity basketball player plus he played volleyball for eight years for the Association of Volleyball Professionals, including at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney;

* Jeff Kopp, class of '90, played linebacker and offensive tackle for two years, garnering many honors, and excelled at varsity track and field; and

* John Raynor, who was honored for his contributions to the SRVHS athletic program where he has been since 1987.


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