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Teen earns Eagle Scout rank; crab feeds begin

By From page A2 | January 04, 2014

A new Eagle Scout, volunteer cleanup, top volleyball team, community assistance and the start of crab feed season highlight this week’s compilation of good news and deeds in the community.

On with the news . . .

Fairfield teen earns Eagle Scout rank

Fairfield resident Bobby Andersen recently passed his board of review to earn the rank of Eagle Scout with local Boy Scout Troop 182.

Andersen completed three projects for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church – repainting the red curbs in the church’s parking lot with paint supplied by the Knights of Columbus after working at one of their fundraisers; building a bookcase with doors and a lock for the Faith Formation classes through a donation from Home Depot and installing a large cabinet with doors and a lock for the TAG Youth Group through another special donation from Lowe’s.

He is the son of Jaye and Rob Andersen and grandson of Jean Hamilton.

According to his grandmother, Bobby volunteers as an usher during Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, helps in children’s church or nursery at Real Life Church in Fairfield and works with the Matt Garcia Foundation to clean downtown Fairfield, in addition to his Scouting.

He also plans to volunteer on the next Habitat for Humanity building in Fairfield.

Foundation cleans downtown for last time in 2013

The Matt Garcia Foundation gathered more than 50 volunteers for the nonprofit’s final cleanup of downtown Fairfield a week ago.

The group gathers at 9 a.m. the final Saturday of each month at the downtown Starbucks and heads out to clean. This time, they covered Texas Street from Jefferson Street to Fifth Street, then Allan Witt Park, including the skateboard park.

Teresa Courtemanche, president of the foundation and mother of slain City Councilman Matt Garcia, said the foundation collected around six tons of garbage and debris and clocked 1,500 volunteer hours during 2013.

A great job by the Matt Garcia Foundation and all the volunteers who gather to clean the town and honor the memory of Garcia.

Supervisors to honor volleyball team

Vacaville Christian High School’s girls volleyball team is scheduled to be honored Tuesday by the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

The team finished the 2013 season with its first-ever appearance in the Sac-Joaquin sectional finals, its first sectional crown and first-ever NorCal playoff win. Their playoff-ending loss against St. Joseph Notre Dame in Alameda was a narrow one, a Board of Supervisors report said.

Steve Jacobs and Carla Borges coached the team. Eight players are eligible to return next year.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. at the county Government Center at 675 Texas St.

Elks club helps kids, families, seniors

The Vacaville Elks Club continued a 17-year tradition this year by reaching out to the less-fortunate in the community through the Bob’s Kids program – helping more than 150 children, 18 families and 35 seniors.

The Elks gave department store gift cards and toys to the children; food store certificates to families and day bus passes to seniors. The gifts came through donations from Elks members, families and friends, with help from a grant from the Elks National Foundation. There was also a special ice cream sundae sale and a bunko fundraiser, according to Robert C. Meador, the club’s community activities chairman.

Crab feeds about to commence

It’s that time of year ago – time to put on a bib and be careful not to fill up on salad and bread. It’s crab-feed season. Here are a few of the upcoming crab feeds, with more to come.

The Solano County Deputy Sheriffs Association will host a crab feed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 a the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive. Seating begins at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Ace Chandra or Brian Travis at 646-1197.

Fairfield High School’s Scarlet Brigade Band Boosters host their “Roaring ‘20s Speakeasy” crab feed fundraiser at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Jan. 24 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive in Suisun City. There will be crab, pasta, salad, bread and a no-host bar, as well as a silent auction, raffle and entertainment. Advance tickets only. For more information, visit www.scarletbrigade.com or call 438-3065.

First Christian Church in Suisun City will host a feed to benefit Philippine typhoon relief from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at 199 Marina Blvd. There will be crab, pasta, salad and dessert, as well as a silent auction, a raffle and entertainment. Call 916-220-3692.

Boy Scout Troop 100 will have its annual crab feed fundraiser at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Feb. 1 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. There will be crab, pasta, salad and bread. There also will be a dessert auction, silent auction and raffle. Proceeds help offset troop costs for summer camp. For more information, call 422-9384, 386-8953 or email [email protected]

Barry Eberling and Brad Stanhope contributed to this report. Do you have some good news to share? Send it to Brad Stanhope at [email protected]

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.

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