Notes from Newcastle

March 5, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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A ‘shout out’ to local volunteers

The city of Newcastle honored a group Feb. 26 that far too often goes unnoticed — volunteers.

Each year, volunteers devote countless hours to city events. It is volunteers that help plan summer activities, care and advocate for the city’s vast trail network and protect Newcastle’s history.

About 50 volunteers and summer event sponsor representatives gathered at The Golf Club at Newcastle Feb. 26, where they were treated to snacks, an orchestra and a personal thank you from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and City Manager Rob Wyman.

Volunteerism is a big part of what makes Newcastle one of the best small cities in the country. So, here’s a special shout out to some of the groups and people that willingly offer their time to better the city:

  • Community Activities Commission — Diane Lewis, Linda Newing, Zaquis Ross, Russ Segner, Jim Price and Victoria Sandoval, and past members Angela Ursino and Victoria Hupf
  • Planning Commission — Karin Blakely, Elizabeth Thompson, Orville McDonald, Jon Simpson, Rob Lemmon, Allen Dauterman and Thomas Magers
  • Boy Scout Troops 499, 577 and 626
  • Student volunteers from Hazen High, Liberty High, Maywood Middle and McKnight Middle schools
  • Newcastle Trails — Garry Kampen, Peggy Price
  • Newcastle Weed Warriors — Grace Stiller
  • Newcastle Historical Society
  • Little Rhody Park neighborhood group
  • Newcastle Days car show planning committee
  • Earth Day planning committee
  • Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Board

The event also honored the following sponsors that contributed to city events over the summer:

  • AvalonBay — Brian Fritz
  • Waste Management — David Della
  • Regency Newcastle — John Kotalick
  • The Golf Club at Newcastle — David Uchida
  • Coal Creek Family YMCA — Sara Biancofiori
  • Boeing Employees Credit Union — Molly Andrews
  • AT&T — Carol Tagayun
  • UW/Valley Medical Center — Liz Nolan
  • Animal Hospital of Newport Hills — Kent Thomazin
  • HomeStreet Bank – Travis Monen
  • KeyBank — Jimmy Ng
  • Apple Physical Therapy — Randy Johnson
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