Don Scholl, superintendent of the Parks, Landscapes and Sports Fields Division of the public works department, was chosen as this month’s Tracy Employee of the Month.
Scholl and his employees have been responsible for the care of 23 city parks, including the Tracy Sports Complex, according to Karen Ledford, public works executive assistant.
“I’m generally kind of humbled by it and appreciative of the work my crews do,” Scholl said of the award. “They’re the ones who make it happen out there.”
Scholl, who lives in Manteca, has been with the city eight years.
Teen serves Minnesota
Stone Safaie of Mountain House recently completed eight weeks of service with the Minnesota Conservation Corps. Safaie and a crew of five other youths and two adult leaders completed environmental restoration projects.
The Summer Youth Program, a youth development and natural resource restoration program, is based at St. Croix State Park near Hinckley, Minn. This summer, Safaie was one of 85 teenagers selected from across the state to participate.
A new Marine
Pfc. Daniel Neil Garcia, 21, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp on Aug. 7. Garcia, who is from Modesto but has family in Tracy, left for Camp Pendleton near San Diego for combat training. After three weeks there, he will spend five months in Dam Neck, Va., at intelligence specialist school. His grandparents are Beatrice and Michael Garcia.
Tracy girl receives crown
In July, Olivia Arendsee, a 10-year-old sixth-grader at Discovery Charter School, was crowned Miss Northern California Preteen 2009 at the American Coed Pageant in Santa Clara.
Contestants were judged in three categories: an introduction, an interview with eight separate judges and poise in formal wear. American Coed pageants are “natural” pageants — no makeup, fake tans or hair extensions are allowed.
Olivia will compete for the title of Miss National Preteen in November during the 26th annual national pageant in Orlando, Fla.
Local Boy Scout honored
Brett Steele of Scout Troop 514 has attained the highest rank available to a young man in the Boy Scouts of America, receiving his Eagle Scout award Sunday.
Steele’s Eagle project consisted of planning, working on, and overseeing the construction of a picnic arbor in Alden Park in Tracy.
Steele is a graduate of West High School and will be a freshman at Brigham Young University in Utah this fall. He is the son of Tom and Leesa Steele.
Kimball teen flying high
Kimball High School student Jori Domke, 14, of Mountain House has earned the Billy Mitchell Award from Civil Air Patrol Squadron 72, out of Stockton.
Jori, a cadet second lieutenant, was presented with the award July 7. She has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since October 2007 and is now the alpha flight commander.
The Billy Mitchell Award honors the late Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell, aviation pioneer, advocate and supporter of an independent Air Force for America. The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the Air Force.
Pilot back from Afghanistan
Lt. Cmdr. Suzanne Parker, a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, has returned to the U.S. after completing a year’s tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Parker is the daughter of Noel Parker of Tracy and the late George Parker. She is a 1985 graduate of Tracy High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 1989 from the University of the Pacific.
She entered the Navy in 1990 and earlier served in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf.
On returning to the U.S., Parker’s next assignment will be in Connecticut.
Hair Illusions stylist Rosa Cisneroz recently passed the exam to become a Redken certified hair colorist. Hair Illusions is at 1015 Central Ave.
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