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Trekking in New Guinea Leads to Solar Panel Mission in Remote Mountain Village

Trekking in New Guinea Leads to Solar Panel Mission in Remote Mountain Village
By Diane Andrews

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"Where in the world is Naduri? Where is New Guinea?" are the first questions people ask when Peter and Karie Stephens tell them about their plan to take their two young sons to Naduri during summer vacation.

The village of Naduri is located in a remote, mountainous area of Papua New Guinea and can be reached only by footpath or in an aircraft light enough to land on its single grass airstrip. It has about 300 adults, an uncounted number of children, no electricity, and no hot and cold running water. Naduri is so remote that even Google Maps has trouble pinpointing it.

Drawn by the dual call of mission and adventure, the Santa Clara couple and their sons, Mikey, six, and Mason, four, will embark on a one-week trip to install solar panels on the village’s only school—an elementary school completed in March by the nonprofit Kokoda Track Foundation (www.kokodatrackfoundation.org), based south of New Guinea in Sydney, Australia.

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Quilt Show

Quilt Show

Santa Clara resident Sonja Jeter, a contemporary quilt and fiber artist, is just one of the artists featured at the upcoming Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association's Shower of Stars Quilt Show at the Santa Clara Convent ion Center on April 20-21 (scvqaquiltshow.org).

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Buchser Circle of Friends

Buchser Circle of Friends

Every Tuesday at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, a group of sixth grade students dine together. While this doesn’t seem out of the ordinary in that many groups of students sit together weekly or daily, this group of students is part of a special group: Buchser Circle of Friends.

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GAINS

GAINS

On March 7th, 94 girls from the Santa Clara Unified School District’s GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-Traditional Subjects) program for 6th -12th grade girls, spent all day at an Intel Job Shadow Day.

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Swim Hall of Fame Hopes to Call Santa Clara Home
By Carolyn Schuk

Swim Hall of Fame Hopes to Call Santa Clara Home

Santa Clara Swim Club has produced more Olympic athletes, won more Olympic medals, and placed more champions in the International Swim Hall of Fame (ISHOF) than any other club in the world. So when the Hall of Fame needed a new home for the 21st century, where better to look than Santa Clara?

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Santa Clara native earns Army award in Germany

Santa Clara native earns Army award in Germany

U.S. Army Capt. William Murray II, a native of Santa Clara, Calif., received the 2012 USAREUR-level Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award ceremony, in Germany on February 21.

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Ulistac Natural Area Celebrates Wildflower Day
By Cynthia Cheng

Ulistac Natural Area Celebrates Wildflower Day

Visitors at Santa Clara’s Ulistac Natural Area celebrating Wildflower Day on April 6th were greeted by endless varieties of wildflowers and plants on their tour. Anyone walking away from this place would agree that the dedicated volunteers at the Ulistac Natural Area Restoration & Education Project have taken a passion for gardening to a whole new level.

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Chargers Split With Saratoga
By Robert Haugh

Chargers Split With Saratoga

After splitting a series with the Saratoga Falcons (12-7, 6-4) last week, the Wilcox Chargers (16-6, 8-2) enter a crucial home-away series on April 17 and 19 against reigning De Anza division champion Palo Alto (13-8, 8-2) tied for the SCVAL De Anza division league lead.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Chargers rebounded to score a commanding win on a 90-degree day at Saratoga’s Lee Hancock Field on April 10.

Though the Falcons took a 1-0 lead into the third, behind Loyola Marymount-bound senior pitcher Kyle Dozier’s single through the first base gap, followed by a blasting double by Santa Clara University-bound senior catcher Stevie Berman, the Chargers took over, cruising to a 6-1 win. Junior Andrew Najeeb-Brush (6-1) recorded his fifth consecutive complete game, striking out six, amassing 20 first-pitch strikes, recoding just 75 pitches, and retiring the Falcons three-up, three-down four times. Over his last 35 innings pitched, he has allowed only one run, while allowing six runs in the last 51 innings pitched. He also has two saves.

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Digging Up Your Ancestors Has Never Been Easier-Especially in Santa Clara
By Diane Andrews

Digging Up Your Ancestors Has Never Been Easier-Especially in Santa Clara

"Everybody waits to start their genealogy until everybody that knows anything about their family is gone or has dementia," says Jim Riley, Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society research consultant and volunteer at Santa Clara’s Central Park Library. The good news is that you don’t have to wait that long because digging up your past has never been easier.

You don’t have to go to Salt Lake City or San Francisco to begin research. Santa Clara’s Central Park Library on Homestead Road is the headquarters of the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society. All the free resources you need are in the library’s second-floor Heritage Pavilion—or just down the road at the Santa Clara Family History Center, operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Self-Portraits: At the Edge
By Melissa McKenzie

Self-Portraits: At the Edge

For the last two months, Preston Metcalf, chief curator at the Triton Museum of Art, has been taking art lovers on a journey - a journey At the Edge of Art History. On March 21, Metcalf continued the voyage with “Capturing the Inner-Image: Self Portraiture in the Hands of Masters.”

Historically, self-portraits were done for a few reasons - as a study of the time in which the artist lived, or to save money on a model, show the artist at work, show the world they’ve made it, share their feelings and thoughts, or make themselves part of the scene (hint: when viewing late medieval renaissance or baroque art, the person in the painting looking back at the viewer is the artist).

“When I look at [Claude] Monet, I know that this [self-portrait] was just a study and it was done because it was probably raining and he didn’t want to go outside,” said Metcalf. “And, he didn’t have money for a model but he had to paint - so he painted himself...I look at this now I say, ‘what do I know about Monet?’ I know what it’s like to be inside on a rainy day.

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Wilcox High School Teams Up with TeenForce
By Melissa McKenzie

Wilcox High School Teams Up with TeenForce

The Wilcox High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) has teamed up with TeenForce, a non-profit focused on solving the youth employment crisis, to offer summer internships to students at Wilcox.

“We were looking to pilot an internship program at Wilcox,” said Lillian Kwiatkowski, a member of the PTSA. “When we were introduced to the TeenForce program, we wanted to expand it to support Wilcox High School students and perhaps all Santa Clara youth in future years. We have already had a successful informational meeting and a resume writing workshop to help prepare youth. Now, we are reaching out to the business community to explain the program and generate the work opportunities.”

TeenForce is similar to a staffing agency, and does much of the legwork for the internship-providing business. The organization recruits and screens students, and provides payroll and insurance services to businesses involved in the program.

So far, Alliance Occupational Medicine has utilized the TeenForce model to hire a student for office and clerical support. “We are pleased to be working with TeenForce and Wilcox High youth to launch this program in Santa Clara,” said Vice President Rena Flovin. “We expect this to help our business and the community at the same time.”

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