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Baseball player, students receive honors

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From page A2 | February 15, 2014 |

From baseball to music to a county vs. county “food fight,” there is plenty of good news this week.

Consider the following:

Veteran baseball player receives honor

Longtime local baseball player Gordon Speck was inducted into the Nor-Cal Oldtimers Baseball Hall of Fame in January.

Speck, who was inducted by his son Greg, was recognized for his dedication, sportsmanship and teamwork. According to Christie Speck, Gordon’s wife, Greg’s statement at the induction included, “This recognition from the league acknowledges my dad’s drive and unrivaled work ethic. He taught me how to be a good man and the importance of my working hard and playing harder. This award will serve as a reminder for him about how much he is loved and respected.”

Well done by father, mother and son.

DeMaggio passes exam

Alena DeMaggio, a Napa High School graduate who has three grandparents who live in Vacaville, passed her professional engineering exam recently.

DeMaggio, who graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 and earned her master’s degree in civil engineering in 2009, works as an engineer in northern Oregon. She is married and has a child.

Her grandparents are Kathy and Joe DeMaggio and Ann Kirnig.

Trio earn praise as top students

Rylee Lanza of Suisun Valley Elementary School, Kaylin Lam of B. Gale Wilson School and Alexis Littles at the Public Safety Academy are Fairfield-Suisun School District students of the month for February.

Lam, speaking after she was named a student of the month,  quoted Dr. Seuss.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes . . . And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Two more advance in singer-songwriter competition

Waverly Cook and Justin Catanzaro claimed the top spot at week two of the 2014 Singer-Songwriters’ competition, hosted by downtown Vacaville merchants.

Both are eligible to participate in the finals March 19. The finals winner gets a $300 cash prize and will be the opening act  for one of downtown Vacaville’s festival.

The music continues Wednesday evenings in downtown Vacaville. For locations and times, visit www.downtownvacaville.com.

Judo club winners shine

Several members of the Makimoto Judo Club went to a tournament in San Jose and came back with several medals, according to a city press release.

Logan Winn won all of his matches and brought home a gold medal in his age and weight class.

Journe Wright, Ashton Domingo-Brown, Ronnie Wise and Dayton Domingo-Brown brought home silver medals.

Jedidiah Winn, Aiden Devaney, Asher Love and Jason Wong won bronze medals.

The San Jose Buddhist Judo Club Invitational took place at the San Jose State Events Center and had more than 700 competitors from the U.S. and Canada.

The judo club is part of Vacaville’s Police Activities League.

Solano wins ‘food fight’

Solano County government won the 2013 annual “Holiday Food Fight” with Contra Costa County government.

Solano County employees raised $25,862 for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, or $10.52 an employee. Contra Costa County raised $71,856, but lost because its per-employee contribution of $10.31 was less.

As a reward, Solano County gets to keep a trophy topped by a fake apple.

But the real reward is for the residents served by the food bank. County officials said the need for food is demonstrated by a statistic — one in 10 county residents uses food stamps.

Barry Eberling, Brad Stanhope, Ryan McCarthy, Susan Winlow and Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report.  Send your “good news” items to Glen Faison at gfaison@dailyrepublic.net.

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is the Daily Republic's news editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 17 years as a sports editor and three years as the associate editor before spending three years away from the newspaper (though continuing as a columnist). He returned in December 2010 as news editor. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.
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