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Boulder Creek 4-H member makes national horticulture contest

Boulder Creek resident Teralyn Crill recently returned from Wisconsin, where she competed in the National Junior Horticulture Association’s plant identification and knowledge contest.

Crill, 18, had won a spot on the three-person team from California in May at California’s 4-H State Field Day.

During the national field day in Wisconsin, Crill, a member of the Santa Cruz County 4-H Club, placed sixth overall in the individual plant identification and knowledge contest at the national competition.

She also presented an illustrated talk about how coffee can affect plants.

Crill’s team won first place overall in the team competition of the plant identification and knowledge contest and also placed first overall in the state display competition. The team placed second in the Horticulture Connections Contest, a “Jeopardy”-style game based on horticulture.

Crill is a student at Cabrillo College and plans to pursue a career in chemical engineering in the horticulture industry.

To help pay the $2,000 cost of the trip, she raised a market goat and sold it at the Santa Cruz County Fair. She also entered a garden, which won first place.

Individuals and businesses can make tax-deductible donations to support youth in agriculture through Santa Cruz County 4-H, 1432 Freedom Blvd., in Watsonville.


Hohmann receives leadership award

During the Scotts Valley Police Department’s annual inspection, Chief John P. Weiss presented Lt. John Hohmann with the prestigious Medal of Merit.

Hohmann received the medal for his outstanding leadership and professionalism — specifically in his work supporting youth education and Special Olympics.

Hohmann is a 29-year veteran of the Scotts Valley Police Department.


Collins graduates from basic training

U.S. Army Spc. Kevin K. Collins has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, in Columbus, Ga.

During nine weeks of training, Collins studied drill and ceremonies, weapons, map-reading, tactics, military courtesy and justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. 

Collins’ additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Collins, the son of Carmen and Rob Collins of Felton, is a 2006 graduate of San Lorenzo Valley High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from the University of California, Irvine.


Mountain Community Resources honors Linda Fawcett

Ben Lomond resident Linda Fawcett was recently honored as the 2012 winner of the Mary Hammer Green Heart Award given by Mountain Community Resources.

The award was presented at the organization’s annual Italian Affaire auction fundraiser at the Cocoanut Grove on Oct. 5.

Named for the resource center’s founder, the award was created to honor individuals who have made remarkable contributions to Mountain Community Resources and the communities it serves.

Fawcett was chosen by MCR staff members and community council members to honor her generosity, leadership and expertise.

She served on the Mountain Community Resources Board of Directors for two years before the center merged with nonprofit Community Bridges in 2010, and she continues to serve on the MCR community council and the Community Bridges Board of Directors.


Scotts Valley lawyer wins legal haiku challenge

The American Bar Association Journal recently announced that Scotts Valley lawyer James Cox was one of 10 winners of the journal’s legal haiku challenge.

As part of the annual Ross Essay Contest, named for 1930s-era Los Angeles Judge Erskine Ross, editors sifted through nearly 450 submissions by association members, who were asked to submit law-inspired haiku in the categories of “Innovation,” “Inspiration,” “Law Practice,” “On Being a Lawyer” and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Each winner was awarded a $500 prize.

Cox’s winning entry:

Team of nine black robes

Making the law crystal clear:

5 to 4. Say what?


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