Congratulations

Receiving the Eagle Scout designation

Three La Crescenta Boy Scouts have received the rank of Eagle Scout.

Joseph Dominic Natalizio began his Scouting career as a Wolf Scout in Den 3 Pack 302 at Monte Vista Elementary School and continued through Webelos, ultimately receiving his Arrow of Light Award and bridging to Troop 303 in 2003.

With Troop 303 he attended summer camps at Makualla, Mataguay, Fiesta Island and Cherry Valley. He also attended the 2005 National Scout Jamboree with the Western Los Angeles County Council Troop 931, where he met and traded patches with Scouts from the West San Fernando Valley and across the United States.

Backpacking, camping and climbing were his main activities as a member of Troop 303. Highlights of his Scouting career include the trek across Catalina Island in 2007 and the climbs of Half Dome, Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. Baldy. He was also crew leader of Crew 810 P1 on the Philmont Scout Ranch Trek in 2007, which meant he had to wake up before everyone else.

He served his troop as den chief, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, scribe, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

Eagle project was to collect and distribute kitchen wares to the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children. He will attend Ohio State University in the fall.

Eric Travis Boyd became a Cub Scout in Pack 302, led by Kym Jarnot, and was joined by his preschool buddies Sean Jarnot and Keith Sugimura. He was bridged into Troop 303, again with his buddies Sean and Keith, and his new friend Joseph. He went on many outings of Troop 303, including the annual dunking at Fishbowls, Camp Makuala, Catalina and Philmont. He served on his troop's leadership committee as librarian, scribe and senior patrol leader.

He completed his Eagle Scout project in May 2009, leading a team of volunteers who affixed labels with reading levels to the entire fiction collection at La Crescenta Elementary School library. He is the 2010 winner of the Falcon Award of Excellence, Crescenta Valley High School's highest honor, as well as the male scholastic athlete recipient of the Glendale ACE award for character and ethics. He will attend UCLA in the fall.

Sean Robert Jarnot began his Scouting career attending Cub Scout meetings with his brother as a youngster, then became a Tiger Cub in Pack 302 at age 6. As a Cub, he received his Arrow of Light and World Conservation awards. When it was time to advance into true scouting, he elected to bridge into Troop 303, chartered by St. Luke's of the Mountains.

During his tenure as a Scout, he has held positions in the troop of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and historian. He also worked side by side to help members of his troop achieve the rank advancement of Eagle.

His Eagle Project consisted of renovating a portion of his high school in cooperation with Dave Ekstrand, fellow Scouts and friends, which will ultimately be used as an outdoor area for sitting and eating.

His most memorable moments in Scouting include trekking from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley with a side trip to Half Dome, hiking to Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon, hiking over Catalina Island, river rafting with Troop 21 of San Gabriel Valley Council, attending Philmont, Lost Valley, Cherry Valley, Camp Fiesta and Camp Makuala.

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Member of Cabrini guild takes presidency

Mary Andrade was installed as president of Cabrini Literary Guild in June.

She was the chairwoman of the guild's annual fundraiser for two consecutive years.

She was born in Ireland and came to the United States at age 15 and attended Holy Family High School for two years. She is active at Incarnation Church.

A membership tea is planned for Sept. 9 in the home of Connie Alamadari with the help of the board of directors. Father Paul Hruby is the moderator of Cabrini Literary Guild.

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Sister honored for 50 years in religious life

Sister Patricia Peach (Janet Irene), a native of Los Angeles, is celebrating 50 years in religious life.

She is among 24 Blessed Virgin Mary golden jubilarians who entered the congregation on July 31, 1960, and who gathered in the Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 18 for a liturgy of thanksgiving.

She taught at St. Paul High School in San Francisco from 1976 to 1978. In Los Angeles, she taught at Verbum Dei High School, Sylmar High School and Pasadena City College. She has also taught in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; and Portland, Ore.

"I've loved teaching and been very happy at all the schools where I've taught," she said. "Two schools in Southern California that are very special to me are Verbum Dei High School and Pasadena City College — where I now teach."

She has been active in Blessed Virgin Mary congregational service since 1994.

"I am grateful to God for my religious vocation and to have spent these many years with my BVM sisters."

To send a congratulatory message to a sister on her jubilee, visit http://www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_jubs.cfm.

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Writer is finalist for Christian fiction honor

Cheryl McKay of Glendale is a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writer's Carol Award, formerly known as the Book of the Year Award. The Carol Award honors the highest achievement for published authors of Christian fiction.

This year there were 270 entries in the contest. McKay's book "Never the Bride," co-authored with Rene Gutteridge, was a finalist in the Women's Fiction category. McKay was also the screenplay writer for the movie "The Ultimate Gift," and is working on the script for the sequel, "The Ultimate Life."

The Carol Award is named after former Bethany House Publishing editor Carol Johnson. In 1979, Johnson championed Christian fiction by acquiring author Janette Oke, whose "Love Comes Softly" blazed a trail for future storytellers.

The Carol Award winners will be announced on Sept. 19, during the awards banquet at the annual conference in Indianapolis.

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