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Sunanda Bhargava

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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(from left to right) Garden Court residents, Betty Beraldo, Elizabeth Wright and Phyllis Kubilus accept a certificate of appreciation on behalf of Garden Court volunteers from Damon Taugher, Director of Direct Relief USA. Garden Court residents have raised over $600 in the last few months through cookie sales for Direct Relief USA’s response to weather related emergencies throughout the nation, providing medical supplies and support for those affected. Over the years, Garden Court seniors have raised about $24,000 for charitable causes, including Direct Relief.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Steve Pappas

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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WORKING ON THEIR FUTURE: Besides putting nearly 3,000 volunteers in South Coast classrooms in the past three years alone, Partners in Education also coordinates an innovative paid internship program for students ages 16-18 who are up against particular economic or academic obstacles. Sixty students a year are chosen for the unique “real world” experience in a line of work they have a passion for. Above, Dos Pubelos High School senior Bethany Fitch (right) works on a fashion design at Horny Toad Activewear.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Mural at the Eastside Branch Library.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Dale Francisco

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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In a press conference held in front of City Hall right before this week’s council meeting, Francisco said the Legislature and Williams violated the state Constitution and Proposition 22, which prohibited state lawmakers from raiding redevelopment agencies, among other local governmental entities.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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COMMUNITY IN THE CLASSROOM: Led by Executive Director Ben Romo (right) and Program Development Manager Michelle Magnusson, Partners in Education uses a unique blend of Development Manager Michelle Magnusson, Partners in Education uses a unique blend of private and public resources along with a small army of volunteers to help heal the wounds that Santa Barbara schools have suffered at the hands of fiscal hardship. “We have a collective stake in raising our kids” said Romo. “But still, people don’t always see it as a responsibility to get involved in our schools.”

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Westmont Observatory

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Bob and Odette Blaisdell

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Joe Cole on the stand

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Santa Rosa Island mule deer

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Santa Rosa Island mule deer

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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FRIENDLY FACES: The author (center) is one of 37 volunteers, including Kevin Hess (left) and Haavar Valeur.

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The exercise turns out successfully, and all are proud of their work, which is, thankfully, usually what happens when Search & Rescue gets called to action.

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The squad must work quickly when they discover that the victim is also suffering from a diabetic attack.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Even more hours are spent outdoors in the elements, practicing what to do if, say, a paraglider/parachutist gets stuck in a tree (as seen above).

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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TRAINING DAYS: Volunteering for Search & Rescue isn’t for the faint of heart: It requires hours of work both studying maps inside …

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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SEARCHING WITH A SMILE: Self-described city girl Valerie Walston jumped into Santa Barbara County’s Search & Rescue squad after a harrowing experience up Rattlesnake Canyon. Now, she’s responsible for finding lost hikers and other imperiled outdoors lovers throughout the region’s more than 2,500 square miles of terrain. See sbcsar.org for more info.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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MAPS ARE GOOD: One reason that Martha Sadler got so lost is that she forgot to travel with a trusted map of the Los Padres wilderness. She won’t forget it again.

Published on Aug. 17, 2011

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