Scouting News: Camp Taylor benefits from Scout's project


Courtesy of Craig Pampeyan
Eagle Scout candidate James Pampeyan meets with Camp Taylor Executive Director Kimberlie Gamino.

James Pampeyan, a Boy Scout from Troop 33 in Los Altos, last summer led a team of volunteers in building an archery range for Camp Taylor, a Modesto camp for children with congenital heart defects.

Pampeyan, who was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, a condition where the heart only has one ventricle, has attended Camp Taylor for the past 13 years.

Scouting News: Local Scouts programs now enrolling girls

As of early November, more than 148 girls registered to join more than 20 local Cub Scout packs, or approximately one-half of local Cub Scout units.

The numbers should rise, as more packs are currently transitioning to the new Family Scouting model and recruiting girls ages 5-11.

Dorothy Theresa Guest Benes

Dorothy Theresa Buest Benes 012319 onlineDorothy Theresa Guest Benes died peacefully on November 19, 2018 at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois after a long illness. She was born on November 7, 1932 in the mining town of Montreal, Wisconsin and was the fourth of five children born to Arthur and Evelyn Guest. After graduating from high school, Dorothy attended community college in Ironwood, Michigan. In 1956, she visited California on vacation. She loved it there so much that she moved to Los Altos, California and continued her education at Foothill College. Following college, she worked at the Philco Ford Corporation as an executive secretary and administrator for over forty years.

Dr. Barbara Blancke

Dr Barbara Blancke 012319 onlineDr. Barbara Blancke, 93, of Happy Valley, OR, passed away January 11th, 2019. She was born in New York City on February 27th, 1925. Barbara graduated from Adelphi College with a B.S. degree in 1947 and earned her M.D. degree from New York University in 1951. She was married to Dr. Wilbur Koester on June 28th, 1952. Together they had two children, Douglas and Meredith. They were married for eighteen years. Dr. Blancke worked in private and group practice for 30 years specializing as an OB/GYN. At age 56 she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Col and served six years at various base hospitals. Dr. Blancke was also a member of numerous medical societies.


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