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SV nonprofit director nominated for award

Scotts Valley-based ETR Associates’ project director Peggy Flynn has been nominated for a national Points of Light Award from the Points of Light Institute for her lifelong volunteer work.

She has been a member of the board of directors for the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, donated time as literacy tutor and served at United Way of Santa Cruz County and at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

The Points of Light Institute, based in Atlanta, works to connect volunteers to opportunities, team up with local nonprofits and businesses to establish and improve volunteer programs, and bolster local infrastructure for volunteers.

Ben Lomond resident wins statewide writing award

Chris Moran, a Ben Lomond resident and waste reduction manager for the city of Santa Cruz, was awarded the first-place 2012 Excellence in Communications Award for Writing by the California Association of Public Information Officials at their annual conference April 20 in Palm Springs.

Moran won the award for her story “Down to the Sea in Ships,” which was about efforts to recycle the Mothball Fleet ships that are moored in Suisun Bay, part of the greater San Francisco Bay. The story appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of the city’s quarterly waste reduction and recycling newsletter, called “One Person’s Trash,” which Moran writes and produces.

Residents appointed to county fair board

Gov. Jerry Brown has named two new members and reappointed a third to the Santa Cruz County Fair Board.

The board members make big-picture decisions about the popular annual event.

The new appointees are Don Dietrich, 54, of Scotts Valley, and Stephanie Fontana, 28, of Watsonville. Tapped for another term is Frank “Bruce” Oneto, 88, of Boulder Creek.

Dietrich is a heavy-equipment operator at Operating Engineers Local Union 3 and served in the past as a Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff.

Fontana is a 4-H program representative for University of California Cooperative Extension Services in Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

Oneto managed Park Mutual Water Co. from 1974 to 1993 and practiced law in Santa Cruz County starting in 1956. He was first appointed to the board in 2001.

The 2012 fair will be Sept. 11 through 16 at the fairgrounds on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.

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