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Girl Scout Troop 10141 honored

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The Girl Scouts of Northern California is pleased to have bestowed the highest honor possible for a Junior Girl Scout, the Bronze Award, to Troop 10141 of Sonoma.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes that a Junior Girl Scout, grades 4-5, has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with an intensive 15-hour service project that makes a positive difference in her community.

To earn their Bronze Award, Troop 10141 completed a project that involved researching, designing and distributing an anti-bullying magazine designed for kids in grades K-6th. The girls wrote the articles, designed fun informative games and created all the artwork in the magazine. A digital copy of the magazine can be found at www.SonomaGirlScouts.com

“We are proud of our exceptional girls in Troop 10141 who strive to become leaders at an early age by obtaining their Girl Scout Bronze Awards,” said Marina Park, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern California. “Working toward this award demonstrates their commitment to helping others, improving their community and the world, and becoming the best they can be.”

The members of Troop 10141 are Ivy Blackwood, Sofia Given, Kaliyah Hensic, Caitlyn Hill, Gabby Kutza, Claire McNairy, Eliana Proctor, Megan Shipston, Qing Chen Steuer, Jenna Randuch and Sydnie Raup. Most of the girls have been members of the troop since first grade.

A copy of the magazine, along with a Bullying Awareness Banner created by the girls was on display at the Sonoma Valley Library for the month of October.

While the Bronze Award is Girl Scouts’ highest award for Junior Girl Scouts, there are countless other awards and programs in Girl Scouting where developing and displaying leadership takes center stage, including the Silver Award, Gold Award, and the Leadership Journeys program, which allows girls at every age level to build leadership skills by discovering, connecting, and taking action. Service is built into all aspects of Girl Scouting with the hope that girls like the ones in Troop 10141 will carry a commitment to serving others into their adult lives. For information on Girl Scout leadership programs, visit girlscoutsnorcal.org.

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Patterson graduates from basic

Army Pvt. Taylor C. Patterson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Patterson is a 2012 graduate of Sonoma Valley High School.

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Late Sonoman donates $5K to PLL

Wilson and Nolan Trood presented a check to Pets Lifeline’s Executive Director Nancy King for $5,000. The donation was willed to Pets Lifeline from Wilson and Nolan’s Uncle Albert Opisso who passed away in August of this year. Al was owner of the old Vineburg Inn and owned other properties in the Valley including the library property and the Glen Ellen Inn. Al always liked the way Pets Lifeline helped the community and wanted to thank them in the best way possible, with money. He hoped his donation would inspire others to do the same by including the nonprofit in their will or trust.

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