It’s the season of giving. That’s true in the sense of the holiday season, but equally true to the giving of recognition to children and adults alike for their accomplishments.
Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity has honored the volunteers that helped it do its work in 2013.
More than 750 volunteers worked at 14 sites, according to Andrew Killeen, chairman of the Volunteer Relations Committee. They did such things as help build two new homes in Fairfield, operated the ReStore that raises money for the nonprofit group by selling used home improvement items, and helped at the office.
“Habitat would not be able to operate without its volunteers,” Killeen said in a press release.
Mark Baides won the Volunteer of the Year award for his leadership on the housing projects and on the Deconstruction Program. The Deconstruction Program has a Habitat team work with homeowners and businesses to identify items suitable for sale at the ReStore.
Sandy Borman won the ReStore Volunteer of the Year Award. Borman is a cashier and coordinates the volunteer schedule. Ron Thorpe received the Sustainability Award for continuous support of Habitat’s mission of building affordable housing. Anne Gustin received the Special Construction Award for her leadership as Napa project manager.
Board President Ann Cousineau gave out Presidential Gold Hammer Awards for indispensable contributions to Anne Gustin, Steve Hanley, Rich Schwab, Eleazar Bejasa, Bill Cinquini, Rich Sweda and Marion Sullivan.
Construction Manager Jamie Calderwood awarded the Construction Volunteer of the Year Award to Doug Burke.
To volunteer, please go to www.solanonapahabitat.org or call 422-1948.
The Vacaville City Council on Tuesday honored Noah Coughlan, who recently completed his second run across the United States to raise awareness for children suffering from the rare genetic disorder Batten disease.
His most recent transcontinental journey ended Veterans Day weekend as he reached the Atlantic Ocean in Boston more than three months and 3,100 miles after leaving the beach in Half Moon Bay.
His previous trip was in 2011 and went from San Diego to Jacksonville, Fla.
Mayor Steve Hardy presented Coughlan with a certificate of recognition from the city and Coughlan received a standing ovation from the audience after a brief presentation on his journey.
Kristina Yee, a 2006 graduate of Armijo High School, has earned a best student film nod from the Annie Awards. The awards will be given out in February.
She directed “Miss Todd,” an animated movie inspired by the story of E. Lillian Todd, history’s first female aeronautical engineer. It has already picked up the students’ equivalent of an Oscar award.
Juan Vasquez, a seventh-grader at David Weir Elementary School who was praised for his grit and determination, is among students of the month in the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
Vasquez spoke Thursday at the board of trustees meeting about reading a poster that said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
He was on the honor roll at David Weir Elementary.
Trustee Pat Shamansky said, “We are all very proud of Juan. His determination and great grit will serve him well in school and, more importantly, in life.”
Congratulations to you all for your great accomplishments.
Mike Corpos and Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report. Send your good news to Glen Faison firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.