The Stanislaus Library Foundation presented its Shining Star awards, honoring library volunteers and benefactors as well as volunteers from all Stanislaus County Library branches.
The Shining Star awards were established in 2004 to honor individuals, businesses and organizations, as well as Friends of the Library members. Friends of the Library honorees included Kristine Ezovski, who for three years served as the volunteer manager of the Friends of the Modesto Library Little Shop; Sharon Arpoika, a retired librarian who has served as president of the Oakdale branch of the library for more than two years; Carmen Ingols, a member of Friends of the Turlock Public Library since 1998; Sue Henderson, treasurer for the Patterson Friends of the Library for about 10 years and also a Stanislaus County Library Advisory Board member for seven years; and Barbara Dilloway, who has volunteered at the Salida branch of the library, assisting in putting the Book Club in a Box materials together for the past five years.
The Library Foundation also honored E.&J. Gallo Winery as a longstanding business partner and supporter.
Salida man competing in Invictus Games
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Steven Davis of Salida, a retired Navy aviation electrician’s mate, will compete in the Invictus Games in sitting volleyball. The event is in Orlando, Fla., from May 8-12, and participants are military personnel who have suffered debilitating injuries while serving their country. Davis, 27, was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash just hours after returning from a cruise on the supercarrier USS John Stennis in 2008. The accident left him unable to use his right leg, which was amputated a year ago.
He was the subject of a column by The Bee’s Jeff Jardine in 2012, when he participated in his first Wounded Warrior Games and in 2014 won gold and bronze medals. He plays wheelchair basketball with the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings, a National Wheelchair Basketball Association team, and has played sitting volleyball since 2013.
Turlock man serving on guided missile destroyer
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Folie, a 2008 Turlock High School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Milius. He is a sonar technician aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.
A Navy sonar technician is responsible for finding submarines while the ship is underway.
Ford gives $10,000 to West Modesto Boys & Girls Club
The Ford Motor Company Fund and Northern California Ford dealers donated $10,000 to the West Modesto Boys & Girls Club on Friday. The money will be used to support attendance initiatives for middle school youths and promote personal growth and development.
The Ford Motor Company Fund has contributed more than $500,000 over the past six years to Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need help the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Doctors Medical Center get an ‘A’ for patient safety
Modesto’s Doctors Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals nationwide to receive an “A” grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient-safety watchdog. It’s the fourth straight year Doctors has earned the recognition.
To see Doctors Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow the Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook.
Beyer High grad editor of Fresno State paper
Diana Giraldo, a 2012 Beyer High graduate, is now editor in chief of California State University, Fresno’s student-run newspaper, the Collegian. A senior mass communication and journalism major, Giraldo, a native of Colombia, was promoted from managing editor of the award-winning paper and also is an intern reporter for the Clovis Roundup Community Newspaper. She received one of four internship grants given statewide each year by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.