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Madeleine Seymour Celebrates 90 With A Sit Down Dinner

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Daughter Charlotte Hall and her bother Larry Lacy speak about the impact their mother has had on their lives.
Over 100 friends and family celebrated the 90th birthday of Madeleine A. Seymour at the Hilton Hotel last Sunday. The birthday honored her work and her life. She taught school until she was 85. Friends and family members gave anecdotes about her life. Her daughter Charlotte Hall and son Larry Lacy told everyone present what it was like growing up in a household with her. "I've always appreciated the fact that my mother allowed me to be me. She let me make my own decisions," said Charlotte.

A very proud Charlie Seymour was happy to celebrate his wife's 90th.
Granddaughter Donna Baker followed in her grandmother's footsteps and is a teacher. She spoke of the influences that Mrs. Seymour had on her life and if it had not been for her in her life she would have had a different outcome.
Charlotte Hall, daughter and great-grandson Nickolas Gilliam present quilt.

Family members gather to celebrate: granddaughter Donna Baker was the program director and emcee. She welcomes the newest members of the family twins Wade and Olivia 6 weeks old.
Mrs. Seymour and her husband Charlie have been married 64 years and during the dinner he was happy to be in her shadow as she celebrated with her pastor Anthony Paschal and church members from 16th Seventh Day Adventist Church.  
One of her many grandsons, Weldon Forde congratulates Mrs. Seymour.

Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod's office recognized her with a certificate.

SCE Donates $10,000 to Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in the IE

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Southern California Edison (SCE) donated $10,000 to Ecclesia Christian Fellowship's Annual Youth Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors and people continuing their college education.

"We are very proud to support Ecclesia's efforts to further the education of our youth," said Afarah Board, manager of enterprise resource planning at SCE.  "In the past, Ecclesia has offered scholarships to their youth. With SCE's support, they more than doubled the number of scholarships to 16 and provided more than $16,000 in cash awards."

Pictured left to right: Afarah Board, manager, enterprise resource planning, Southern California Edison; Joshua Beckley, senior pastor, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship and Ed Robinson, manager, Equal Opportunity, Southern California Edison

Ecclesia Christian Fellowship is a non-profit organization located in the Inland Empire that provides education programs, spiritual growth and training classes for the community.  In addition to Ecclesia, SCE provides support to various organizations through its corporate giving efforts.  For more information about SCE's corporate contribution requests, visit www.sce.com.   For more information about Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, contact the church office at (909) 881-5551.

Idyllwild Arts Academy To Award Scholarships For Student Contests

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Idyllwild Arts Academy is looking to grant talented young students the opportunity to win scholarships to IAA's Moving Pictures and Visual Art departments through the Hollywood Ending and Body Mapping-A Visual Art Competition contests.  

Contestants interested in the Hollywood Ending writing contest will create their own Hollywood ending to "Mantra for a Salesman", an original screenplay written by a current senior in the Moving Pictures department. If chosen as one of the finalists, you could be the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship for Grand Prize, $10,000 for Second Prize and a $5,000 scholarship for Third Prize.

For Body Mapping -A Visual Art Competition and Exhibition the top three works will receive scholarship prizes of $25,000 scholarship for Grand Prize, $15,000 for Second Prize and a $10,000 scholarship for Third Prize. The guidelines are for a student to use the body as a map or template that refers metaphorically to other ideas. The overall theme is "Body Mapping". The size and media are not to exceed 8"x10"x6". The work can be done in 2-D or 3-D and be of any media.

Both contests are sponsored by the Idyllwild Arts Academy and are open to students 13-18 years old in any country worldwide. This prestigious contest will give the winning students a scholarship to attend the only West Coast boarding high school for the arts and is intended for the 2008-2009 academic year. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2008 at 12:00 midnight P.S.T.

Visit the Idyllwild Arts website at www.idyllwildarts.org and click the main Academy button then, click either theHollywood Ending or Body Mapping buttons. E-mail your entry along with your name, e-mail, address, phone, current grade level and school you are attending 1) Hollywood Ending writing contest to: hollywoodending@idyllwildarts.org   or 2) Body Mapping to: bodymapping@idyllwildarts.org

Winners will be selected by faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and will be posted on the website along with your original ending on February 1, 2008.

For more information on how you can help support young, gifted artists, please contact the Idyllwild Arts Foundation at 951-659-2171 ext. 2330 or visit www.idyllwildarts.org.   

Joe Baca Foundation's Operation Gobble Distributes Thanksgiving Turkeys

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A truckload of 400 frozen turkeys were delivered to local families on November 20th as part of the Joe Baca Foundation's first annual Operation Gobble.

The turkeys were donated to assist families who are in need of a little extra help this Thanksgiving, and 25 community-based organizations teamed up with Operation Gobble to lend a hand delivering the birds to recipients.

The Communication Workers Local 9588 Union Hall building in Colton became the morning workplace for three hours while it was filled with volunteers.

Nearly 20 cadets from Fontana's A.B. Miller High School were some of those volunteers who worked alongside Congressman Joe Baca (D-43) and some of his family members.

Patricia Herrejon, 16, a Naval Junior Reserve Officer from Miller, said the event was well organized and that each of the volunteers had a role in unloading, stacking and reloading the turkeys. Image

"Two people carried a box of turkeys," she said, and added that five turkeys were in each box.

For her role, Patricia said she and another cadet stood in the back of a truck and lined up the boxes of turkeys.

She said performing community service and helping others is something she is glad to do.

"I get to help the more unfortunate people who can't do things - such as the elderly," she said.

For one month Operation Gobble accepted recipient sign-ups from individuals and non-profit organizations who needed turkeys.

"It is my hope these donations can brighten up Thanksgiving for families who may be going through difficult times," said Joe Baca Jr., CEO of the Joe Baca Foundation. "The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has risen sharply over the years. This is our way of giving them something to look forward to as a family."

Fifty turkeys were delivered to St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Rialto, and members of other organizations such as the Oldtimers Foundation, Boys and Girls Club and Kiwanis picked up their turkeys to deliver.

People drove to the union hall building at their scheduled time to get their turkeys, and one woman who wasn't able to drive to the location had one dropped off at her house in Colton by a staff member from Congressman Baca's office.

R.O.T.C. Cadet Armando Minor, 15, said he helped carry the turkeys to people's vehicles when they arrived at the building.

"They were really joyful for us taking turkeys to their cars and for them getting the turkey," he said.

Mediation Class to be Offered

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Mediation Class to be Offered

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County's Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) will be holding a three-day class on Basic Mediation on Saturday, January 19 and 26 and February 2, 2008. Completion of the 25-hour class provides participants the necessary certification to mediate cases for the Dispute Resolution Center. New mediators are needed as the case-load in the courts continues to grow.

The DRC provides mediation services in small claims court for Riverside County Superior Courts in Banning, Moreno Valley, Temecula, Hemet and Indio. Since 1995, DRC has provided County residents with low-cost mediation and conciliation services. It relies on community volunteers to perform most mediation services. It gives back to community by lessening the load on the court system, and by giving disputants the opportunity to resolve their issues in an informal and less stressful environment.

DRC also offers mediation services to nine police departments in Riverside County. The police departments write "tickets" to disputants to participate in mediation.

The classes will be held at the Riverside County Department of Social Services Staff Development Training Center, 22690 Cactus Avenue, Suite 100 in Moreno Valley. The cost for the class is $225.00. MCLE credit is available for attorneys and paralegals. To register or for more information, contact Katrina Lankster, (951) 955-4900.

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