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BC Fire honors retired firefighters

Boulder Creek Fire Protection District brought back the Old Timers Feed dinner and honored Bud Tomlin, a retired Boulder Creek chief from the 1960s, during its April 29 festivities.

Former chief Sam Robustelli led the cooking and prepared beef, lamb, pasta, salad and French bread for about 60 present and past firefighters.

“It was a great time,” district Chief Kevin McClish said. “I saw faces from when I first joined the department.”

The Old Timers Feed, once an annual tradition, had been abandoned in recent years.

SV student earns National Merit honor

Scotts Valley High School senior Capella Yee was named a National Merit scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and earned a $2,500 scholarship for the designation.

Yee, one of three local finalists, was the only one to win the prestigious award. She is among 7,800 students nationwide who earned a National Merit scholarship.

Soldier completes basic training

Army Pfc. Nicholas O’Neil has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, O’Neil, a 1999 San Lorenzo Valley High School graduate, studied Army traditions and received training in areas including physical fitness and combat skills and tactics.

Students win tech competition

A team of teenagers from San Lorenzo Valley High School won the Judges Choice Award for “Best Storytellers” in the 2011 Tech Challenge, a contest at the Tech Museum in San Jose.

The team, self-named The Narwhals, consisted of Nik Beiden, Chance Pringle, Melissa Allen, Ian Harris and Jess Jones.

The hands-on engineering competition is designed to encourage solutions to real-world problems. This year, more than 250 teams designed and built devices to clean trash from the Pacific Gyre.

Student earns dean’s honors

Boulder Creek resident Erin Ogilvie, a senior at San Jose State University, was honored as a dean's scholar April 29 during the university’s 49th annual Honors Convocation.

Dean's scholars are undergraduate students who have earned a 3.65 or higher GPA in at least two contiguous semesters before the Honors Convocation.

Boulder Creek author to speak at conference

Boulder Creek resident Deborah J. Ross has been selected as one of 12 science fiction writers to attend the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop 2011 at the University of Wyoming at Laramie, July 10 through 17.

Launch Pad is a NASA-funded education and outreach effort that teaches writers of all types about modern science, specifically astronomy, with a goal of reaching their audiences in turn.

Ross has written science fiction and fantasy professionally since 1982. She has served as Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America and has taught writing and led writer's workshops. Her most recent work includes a continuation of the “Darkover” series created by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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