Modesto pediatrician Kate Bolton and her husband, John Ruley, will be honored by the Mission Doctors Association at an event in Los Angeles this week for their work overseas. The association assists Catholic doctors and their families serving mission hospitals and clinics.
Bolton and Ruley will accept the Monsignor Anthony Brouwers Award, named for the association's founder. They have served together in Ghana, Cameroon, Guatemala and Uganda. She also served for three years in New Guinea while John, a pilot, has flown numerous missions taking doctors and supplies to Mexico.
Both are active in Modesto's Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.
Bolton is on leave from Valley Oak Pediatric Associates while undergoing chemotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer diagnosed last fall. She expects to return to work in June.
Elizabeth Walden and her husband, Neil Barry, couldn't believe their good fortune. In January, the Oakdale residents received a call from Traci Talkington of Lancaster Painting in Turlock.
At their annual Christmas party, Lancaster employees picked this year's recipient of their annual "Paint It Forward" program from a pool of nominees of people who do good things in the community but can't necessarily afford a professional paint job.
Talkington told Walden they had won, and wanted to set up times to inspect the exterior for prep work, repairs, choosing colors for the inside and outside, and to set a tentative painting date.
Too good to be true?
"She didn't sound like she was pushing a scam or selling a time share," Walden wrote in an email to The Bee. "She sounded genuinely excited and nervous."
That's because Talkington was genuinely excited and nervous about breaking the good news.
Ultimately, they set upon March 23 as painting day. By 8 a.m., cars lined the street, and a team of workers and their family members along with Lancaster owners Traci and Steve Talkington came armed with coffee, doughnuts, paint and tools.
They painted the home's interior, exterior, trim throughout and even the white picket fence, offering suggestions along the way.
"When my eyes welled up with tears in consideration of the completed project, Traci herself became emotional," Walden wrote. "This was an immensely meaningful experience for our family, and I saw that it was also momentous for the Lancaster Painting family."
Modesto native Brent Kline was named 2013 Washington State High School Principal of the Year in March. A 1981 Downey High grad, Kline attended Modesto Junior College and was active in local band programs. He was drum major for the Valley Fever Drum and Bugle Corps. His parents are Kenneth and Julianne Kline of Modesto. Brent has been principal of Mariner High School in Everett, Wash., since 2003 and was selected from a field of 38 statewide nominees. Over the decade, the number of Mariner students testing at standard has risen from 28 percent to 75 percent.
Ceres police honored 10-year-old Savannah Bringazi, who collected more than 50 teddy bears for children who are victims of domestic violence or violent crimes. She delivered them to the Ceres Police Department on Wednesday for distribution. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3714, Golden River Unit, Modesto.
Sutter Gould Medical Group is ranked fifth nationally among the best 401(k) plans in the health and medicine industry, according to BrightScope, an independent financial information and investment research provider. By analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope rating algorithm calculates a single numerical value for each 401(k) plan. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.
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