Pupils step up to raise funds for toddler’s operation

first_imgThat’s where Catherine Rojas’ fourth- and fifth-grade combination class comes in. The Eckstrand Elementary School students have been recycling since October to help raise $50,000 for the operation that can give Hayley her smile. So far, they have raised more than $1,000. “That’s a lot of bottles and cans,” Rojas said. It’s also a labor of love. Rojas was looking for a project that could teach her students about community service, something that would show them one person can make a difference. SAN DIMAS – For five months, the pupils of Room 26 have been collecting every bottle and can they can find. All to see Hayley smile. Two-year-old Hayley Larryne Brang was born with a rare form of facial paralysis known as Moebius syndrome. The Claremont girl can’t smile or frown. But there is hope in a muscle and nerve transplant that can bring Hayley’s face to life. When they heard about Hayley from the day care she attends, the class jumped at the chance. They wrote letters to the city asking for help. And they enlisted the entire school, going from class to class every Friday to collect the bottles and cans that Hayley’s parents pick up each week. “It just started rolling,” Rojas said. “It’s awesome.” David Jencks certainly thinks so. The city street sweeper joined the recycling effort after he got letters from the class. “When you read these letters, letters from the little kids, it is so humbling,” he said. He figures he and his co-workers have collected about 15 trash bags full of bottles and cans so far. “All of us guys at facilities have really taken this to heart,” he said. “We want to help out as much as we can.” Hayley’s mother, Heather Brang, says Rojas’ students have been wonderful. “I am speechless for what they’ve done for my daughter,” she said. “It’s overwhelming. I’m overjoyed.” Hayley will need two operations, one for each side of her face. While insurance companies generally consider the operation cosmetic surgery, Brang says Hayley’s Canadian surgeon believes insurance will pay part of the cost because the paralysis affects her ability to chew. “She has difficulty eating and that’s not plastic surgery,” she said. But there will be two trips to Canada, and Brang says their insurance deductible is high. So they have set the goal of $50,000 to cover expenses for when Hayley turns 5, and qualifies for the surgery. Rojas’ students know that’s a mountain of recycling, but they say time is on their side. And they’re not giving up. “Helping one person can change everything,” said Michelle Bryant, 10. “So it’s kind of cool. You have a little thing and it gets bigger and bigger and it turns out great. It helps a little girl.” mpetix@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9355 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHURSDAY History of Rock ‘n’ Roll children’s performance, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Garden Grove Elementary School, 2250 Tracy Ave., Simi Valley. Call (800) 909-0024. Nature hike, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cold Creek Preserve. Mulholland Highway to Stunt Road, turn left. Five miles to park entrance. Meet at Lower Stunt High trailhead. Bring food and drink. Rain cancels. Call (818) 348-5910 or (818) 591-1701. BMX Stunt Show, 2:45 p.m., Chatsworth Park Elementary School, 22005 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Free. Call (818) 926-0223. Caltrans public meeting to discuss the San Diego Freeway Sepulveda Pass Project car-pool lane, 5 p.m., Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call (213) 897-3656. Acrylics art class through April 12, 6-9 p.m., Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca?ada Flintridge. Registration: Call (818) 949-4200. Ventura County Rose Society will meet, 7 p.m., Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. Includes guest speaker. Call (818) 993-6622 or (805) 523-9003. Disney’s High School Musical through Friday, 7 p.m., Ernest Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Tickets $8-$10. Call (818) 678-7944. New Works Festival student-written plays, College of the Canyons Black Box Theatre, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Planned power outage for Prespatou area to take place tomorrow

first_imgB.C. Hydro will be making improvements to the system and for the safety of the workers involved the power needs to be shut off.To prepare for the outage, Hydro is asking residents to turn off and unplug electrical devices. During the first hour of power being restored Hydro also asks that you plug in only essential items to avoid overloading the electrical system.B.C. Hydro apologizes for the inconvenience. – Advertisement –last_img

Provincially-nominated authors sharing advice at FSJ library

first_imgThe workshop is being held at the Fort St. John Library, located inside the North Peace Cultural Centre, on April 9, 2015 and will run 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – refreshments provided. It is completely free to attend and does not require any registration.The workshop is open to all ages and skill levels. “This is not an exclusive club just for people who are actively writing, so if you’re a great reader and would like to come out and just meet two great authors that are nominated, this is definitely an event for you as well,” says program coordinator Morgan Peltier.While the workshop isn’t necessary exclusive to active writers, those who are can expect to walk away with new skills.“They’re obviously going to be coming with a lot of activities and advice along just the craft of writing and storytelling, as well as how they have gone about the writing and creating process – all the way through the publishing process” explains Peltier. “I know a lot of people, local or elsewhere, that practice the writing craft on their own, but possibly getting to that publication point can be a bit of a stumbling block.”- Advertisement -In fact the growing number of local writers acted as a catapult to this year’s format, according to Peltier.“The last year or so, we’ve seen just this huge growth in [the] writers’ community in Fort St. John,” Peltier goes on to say. “There are several writers groups – a couple that meet at the library….and we thought with this really healthy interest in the writing craft, this might be a fantastic opportunity to connect these local aspiring, or practicing, published writers with authors who are writing and sharing their work on a provincial and national level.”The two authors secured for this year’s workshop are Aislinn Hunter, who has been nominated for her book The World Before Us, and Gabrielle Prendergast – author of Capricious.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cats doing well after being abandoned at SPCA gate and parks

first_imgPhoto Courtesy: North Peace SPCAPhoto Courtesy: North Peace SPCAFORT ST.JOHN – The Fort St. John SPCA has had a busy week after a box of kittens was left abandoned at the gate of the North Peace Branch of the SPCA and another found behind a school.Candace Buchamer, Branch Manager at the North Peace branch, says that the kittens are doing well after being found by her after a fundraiser when she had a feeling to go back to the shelter.“They are doing really well. We had a few concerns because they were very dirty and the box they were in was unfortunately quite soiled. Whether they panicked or how long they had been in there. Other then that, they are doing really well. They have actually put on a good amount of weight already as well.”- Advertisement -She says they have a foster home coming to pick up the kittens this evening and that way they can get proper socialization with people and even some socializing with some bigger cats. The SPCA thinks the kittens are around 5 weeks old at the moment. Buchamer says they will hold the kittens for another 3 weeks, and then adopt them out when they are 8 weeks old.There is no idea at the moment who left the kittens at the gate. Buchamer says that they have only had one tip from a husband and wife who drove by around 6:30 and saw the box and thought it was donations. She says when she pulled up to the gate, she also thought it was a box of donations for the shelter.Advertisement She says she is unsure if a mother cat was in the box as well, as the box had quite a large rip on the corner. She says it also could have been a ventilation hole for the kittens.There was also a black cat that was left abandoned in a box in the trees behind Dr. Kearney school. That cat is doing well, and he has been rehoused already. The people that found him kept him in foster and it sounds like one of the family friends is going to take him according to Buchamer.In July, it is estimated that there was a 18% increase in abandoned animals. She understands a lot of people are in tough times because of the economy, but in terms of abandonment, all you have to do is call the SPCA and they can work on finding a foster home in 24 to 72 hours.There is no truth to rumors that you have to pay fees to surrender animals either. Buchamer says they constantly hear that people think they have to pay a fee to give up the animal. The only thing the SPCA needs is time to find the animal a new home or foster home. She also echoed that you won’t be blacklisted from getting another animal because you gave up previous animals. Buchamer says that if she hadn’t gotten to the shelter when she did, they would have been alone for 20 hours until they were found. She noticed on the tape that someone had left a message on the box that said that the cats had been abandoned by someone who moved. She feared if the kittens were left by themselves and not found, they could have crawled out and got hit by a car, or eaten by another animal. There is a fox whole in close proximity to the shelter.Buchamer also pointed out that it is frustrating that they couldn’t bring the kittens in 2 hours before when the shelter was open.She says there are no fees for bringing in animals that people don’t want to take care of.“In the 17 years I’ve been working here, there has never been fees for bringing an animal in in that fashion. I guess without knowing everything that is going on, on their end of the situation, we don’t know why the brought them that way. My concern is always, it doesn’t matter if it is at our gate or not, it is just as easy for a stray dog to come along and hurt them or for the kittens to get out of the box.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Two-goal Mane praises ‘strong’ Liverpool teamwork

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane struck twice in a 4-0 rout of West Ham © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Senegal’s Sadio Mane said Liverpool’s free-scoring is due to good teamwork after his brace helped last season’s Champions League finalists to an impressive 4-0 thrashing of West Ham in their Premier League opener on Sunday.The 26-year-old scored either side of half-time with Mohamed Salah opening the scoring and Daniel Sturridge adding a late fourth in a campaign that many have predicted Liverpool will be champions Manchester City’s main challengers. “We did a great job and created many chances,” Mane told the BBC.“We played well from the beginning to the end.“Before the goal it’s always important to start the game well which is what we always try to do.“Scoring made it more relaxed for us and we try to work hard and push as a team onto the fourth.”Mane, who appeared to be offside for his second goal, said he and Salah might take the plaudits for being on the scoresheet but their team-mates merited just as much praise.“We try to do our best to score goals for the team because without those we can’t do anything,” said Mane.“It’s the teamwork, we do things together. We will try to score more goals.“We have a strong team. That will help us to push hard and fight to do our best.”Liverpool have spent big in the transfer market and Guinean midfielder Naby Keita — who signed last year but joined from RB Leipzig for this season — stood out of the new arrivals in the number eight shirt which was last worn by Steven Gerrard.“Naby Keita is a good player, you can see that and he’s only going to get better,” Liverpool midfielder James Milner told Sky Sports.“Coming into a new team is not always easy. You can only imagine how good he’s going to be with more time with the boys.“He’s top quality and like all the signings we’ve brought in there’s even more competition. That’s what you want.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Burnley fight back to deny Man City record-breaking win

first_imgBurnley produced a stunning comeback at the Etihad Stadium to dent Manchester City’s title bid and deny them a record-breaking victory.Having seen rivals Chelsea held by Southampton earlier in the day, City would have closed to within a point of the Premier League leaders with a win against the struggling Clarets.First-half goals from David Silva and Fernandinho put Manuel Pellegrini’s side, chasing a club record tenth successive win in all competitions, firmly in control at half-time.But Burnley hit back almost immediately after the break through George Boyd before Ashley Barnes struck late on to snatch a 2-2 draw and a deserved point for Sean Dyche’s battling side.City remain second, three points behind Chelsea, while Burnley stay second from bottom but edge ever closer to safety.Arsenal leapfrogged West Ham into fifth spot with a nervy 2-1 victory over the Hammers at Upton Park.Santi Cazorla put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot before Danny Welbeck added a quickfire second to put the Gunners in command at the break.Cheikhou Kouyate’s header set up A grandstand finish as the Hammers finished the game strongly, but Arsene Wenger’s side held out to take the win.Arsenal are now level on points with fourth-placed Southampton, whom they meet on New Year’s Day, while West Ham drop to sixth.Mame Diouf scored twice as Stoke piled the pressure on Alan Irvine with a 2-0 victory over West Brom at the Britannia Stadium.Diouf slotted home in the 51st minute and added a second 15 minutes later, thanks to a lucky deflection off Marko Arnautovic’s shot, to down the Baggies.West Brom have now lost seven of their last nine league matches and Irvine’s days at the Hawthorns could be numbered.Nigel Pearson, meanwhile, eased the pressure on his shoulders as Leicester secured a first victory in 14 games by beating Hull 1-0.Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game at the KC Stadium, with both sides finishing with 10 men after late red cards for Paul Konchesky and Stephen Quinn.The Foxes remain bottom of the table but are now just three points behind the 17th-placed Tigers.Aston Villa survived Fabian Delph’s sending off to scrape a 0-0 draw against Sunderland at Villa Park.Delph became the third Villa player to be shown his marching orders this month when he saw red for a late foul on Jordi Gomez early in the second half.But Sunderland, who have drawn 11 times in the league, failed to cash in on their advantage, with Gomez missing a good chance for them to snatch a win late on.Finally, managerless Crystal Palace held out for a goalless draw at QPR.The Eagles remain in the bottom three on goal difference, while Harry Redknapp’s Hoops are up to 15th. 1 George Boyd celebrates scoring for Burnley last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Museum needs your help with a forthcoming exhibition on various Donegal Sporting heroes. The exhibition which opens in early September, will look at a wide variety of sports across Donegal.They include Gaelic games, soccer, water sports, motor sports, athletics, boxing, Martial arts, Community Games, surfing, golf , badminton, rugby, cricket, Paralympics, Special Olympics, shooting, hockey and even Tug o War and many more. We are looking to borrow sporting objects and memorabilia relating to the sports in which the participants have competed at a National or International levels only.If you can help, please contact the museum on 074 9124613 or email museum@donegalcoco.ie COUNTY MUSEUM SENDS OUT SOS FOR SPORTING MEMORABILIA was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal County Museumsport memorabilialast_img read more


first_imgThe Micheal O’Cleirigh Summer School committee has expressed unanimous disappointment at the loss of badly-needed funding.In its inaugural year in 2014 the school, centred at Creevy and Rossnowlagh, outside Ballyshannon, received €2,000 from Donegal County Council strategic development fund which is allocated by councillors to local deserving organisations.The committee has just learned that the school will get none of the local allocation this year. Most of the money allocated in the Ballyshannon area is going instead to the Rory Gallagher festival and the Aodh Rua GAA club. Public records show the council agreed to give €10,000 to the Rory Gallagher festival and €9,000 to Aodh Rua for park development and conversion.The Micheal O’Cleirigh School runs for three days from May 15 to 17, after a decision to extend it following the success of last year’s one-day event.Committee members were told at a recent meeting that they are now struggling to fund the school.They were told by Failte Ireland that the school is still too small to receive funding from its grant aid sources. Failte recommended that the school seek continued funding from the council’s strategic development fund. Brian McAuley, chairman of Scoil Micheal O’ Clerigh said: “We are gravely disappointed that we have been ignored by our local councillors.“The Rory Gallagher festival is receiving €10,000 and the Aodh Rua Club is receiving €9,000.“Both also received funding from other grant-aiding sources while we have none.“The council’s strategic development fund was established to give aid to small events like ours to develop and grow.“I cannot understand why the GAA, a national organisation with so many million euro, is getting extra funding from a local source when a school to honour the head of the Four Masters who did such great work on the annals of the Kingdom of Ireland is left struggling. “It also appears a blues guitarist who left Ballyshannon at a few weeks of age is more important to our councillors than the scholar who led a team to produce the ancient annals of Ireland.“Surely, the council could have given a little less to the Rory Gallagher festival and the Aodh Rua club and make a small fund available for the Micheal O’ Cleirigh school”Information about the School can be found on www.mocleirigh.ie or by linking to Micheal O’Cleirigh on Facebook or on 087 444 5848.DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER FUNDING PULLED ON DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farren named USL Player of the Month

first_imgCathal Farren of Derry City Reserves has been named as the first Watson Menswear Ulster Senior League Player of the Month.The 18-year-old Carndonagh last night picked up the award for September and the striker says he’s enjoying life in the Candystripes.Farren bagged four goals against Bonagee United in a 5-1 win in the Donegal News League Cup and already has nine goals to his name this season. “When you get a call up to this team, you want to prove yourself and just play,” Farren said.“It’s always nice to get a few goals.“It gets you really up for it to get to play for the reserves. They could play first team players, but they stick with the young players and show their faith.“It gets us ready for the next stage.”Farren hit a hat-trick last night as Derry City Reserves beat Finn Harps Reserves 3-1 in Ballybofey to move to the top of the USL goalscorers list. In the first month of the season, Farren lit the touchpaper and is the recipient of the first Player of the Month award, sponsored by Leonard Watson of Watson Menswear, Main Street, Letterkenny.Farren has come up through the ranks at Derry and has another year left with the club’s Under-19 team, but can feel his improvement as the work load grows.He said: “We’re training five days a week and doing something every day. It’s not just the football, either. We’re in doing gym work and all. It’s busy, but it’s good and it’s really enjoyable.“We’re told to play it out as much as we can from the back. That’s the way the first team play so it has to be like that for us. If you do happen to get a call into the first team then it’s not foreign to you.”Farren has seen the likes of Conor McDermott, Rory Holden, Ronan Curtis and Ben Doherty get and take their chances in the City first team. The reserves are managed by Hugh Harkin, but first team manager Kenny Shiels is hands-on with the second string. Farren said: “Kenny and Hugh are brilliant with us. Kenny takes a big interest in the reserves. He came in last year and said he’d give youth a chance. People didn’t believe him, but he stuck to his word and the boys have all done well when they stepped up.”Farren named USL Player of the Month was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more