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September 12, 2018

Local veteran earns honor

Valley View graduate Shannon Boyce LaCom received the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

LaCom, the daughter of George and Nancy Boyce, Blakely, is also a United States Military Academy graduate.

She received the award, the third-highest civilian honor, for her work as a contract specialist for the Public Works Department at the Naval Base Coronado in California. LaComwas the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest’s 2017 Employee of the Year for Client Service Excellence.

“Ms. LaCom’s superior service, outstanding accomplishments and steadfast devotion to duty are in keeping with highest traditions of the Department of Defense and the United States Navy,” the award reads.

Before she began her current civilian position in 2005, LaCom was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the Army.

High notes

Julie and Ryan Simmons, owners of Style Encore, Plato’s Closet and Once Upon a Child in Dickson City, donated $13,086.35 to Outreach Center for Community Resources, formerly EOTC, in Scranton.

The donated funds

were from the organization’s Outreach Challenge, which prompts donors

to support one child with

a $100 donation. Shop

customers contributed

to the campaign in

July and August while checking out and the Simmons matched their donations.

Simmons presented Outreach Executive Director Linda Ciampi with the donation. The contribution will support programs and services impacting 130 kids.

Memorial run planned

Members of the Kristy Ryczak Memorial PROSPER 5K Run/Fun Walk planning committee including: Kerry Browning, Tammy Reiprich, Cori Wright and Ron Ryczak, met to finalize plans for the fundraiser.

The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, Scranton. Proceeds benefit evidence-based drug and alcohol prevention programs at Carbondale Area and Riverside school districts.

Kristy Ryczak died in September 2017. She was an accomplished runner who worked as a program manager at the Employment Opportunity Training Center, now Outreach Center for Community Resources.

The race begins at the Olive Street trailhead at 9 a.m.

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 16 before Thursday and $25 for adults and $15 for children after.

For more details, visit the Lackawanna PROSPER Facebook page or call Penn State Extension at 570-963-6842.

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