Kittens and cash are the themes this week as we report on just some of the good news in and around Fairfield.
The Syar Foundation has donated $10,000 to help keep the Solano Family Justice Center running.
The Family Justice Center began last April to help victims of domestic violence by providing a kind of one-stop shop for them. County Supervisor Jim Spering said that, in past years, a victim might have to go to 23 agencies at 15 different locations.
Syar Industries does quarrying work in the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo, as well as in Napa County. Jim and Sue Syar came to Tuesdays’ Board of Supervisors meeting to present the donation. Money went to the Solano Family Justice Center Foundation account.
District Attorney Donald du Bain praised the Syars’ civic involvement. It’s no surprise they stepped up to become the first major sponsors of the Family Justice Center Foundation, he said.
The Family Justice Center is located at 604 Empire St. near downtown Fairfield. Please call 784-7635 for more information.
Great job, Syar Foundation, for helping to address a need in the community.
Gabrielle Danzeisen, 17, worked hard the past three years in school and she now has tangible evidence that hard work paid off.
She is one three local students chosen as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
Danzeisen is a senior at Justin-Siena High School in Napa with plans to major in English. She’s undecided on the college she’d like to attend and said, “I don’t really have a dream school or top school I have my heart set on. I love all the colleges I’ve seen.”
A couple of the universities she’s eyeballing include Rice University and the University of Southern California.
With two parents who are doctors, she said a career in medicine has crossed her mind.
“I’ve thought about medicine because I’ve been exposed to it a lot but I kind of want to forge my own path,” she said. “I’ll see where it goes after that.”
The 16,000 national merit semifinalists have a chance to continue on in the competition, possibly winning one of the 8,000 scholarships worth a total of about $35 million.
Great job, Gabrielle!
Travis Air Force Base’s Environmental Restoration Program not only cleans up contamination on base, but it also rescues kittens.
During the decommissioning of a monitoring well last May, Travis Environmental Manager Lonnie Duke discovered four 5-week-old kittens in one of the wellheads. He collected the little felines and got them to a member of the Yolo County SPCA where they were fed, evaluated and put into foster care until they were old enough to be spayed or neutered.
The kittens, named Q, Lonnie, Darth Noser and Vortex, were judged to be good candidates for adoption and were made available to be adopted into loving homes, according to an article written by Duke for the restoration program’s newsletter.
This is far from the first time that the program has gotten involved with Travis’ animal population. In 2007, special devices were installed into burrowing owl nests to safely move the birds from a field that was scheduled for excavation to get rid of contaminated soil.
Good job, Lonnie!
Barry Eberling, Ian Thompson and Susan Winlow contributed to this column. Do you have good news to share? Send it to Glen Faison at email@example.com. Please include Good News in the subject line.