Several are honored at Elks awards event
Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 handed out awards at a March 29 ceremony.
• Al Skorupski, Citizen of the Year. Skorupski serves as executive director of the Arizona Elks Major Projects, which supports the University of Arizona Steele Memorial Children's Research Center and the Elks Youth Camp in northeastern Arizona.
• Randall Watts, Firefighter of the Year. The Golder Ranch Fire District firefighter and paramedic earned a place on the Captain's List for his involvement in several committees.
• Rene Sanchez, Paramedic of the Year. A Golder Ranch Fire District paramedic, Sanchez received the award for his paramedic skills and positive attitude.
• Jeff Thomas, Police Officer of the Year. The Oro Valley Police Department veteran was recognized for his professional bearing and positive attitude.
• Lisa Chavez, Elk of the Year. Chavez served as the lodge's Special Olympics chairwoman.
• Mary Aldrich, Elk Officer of the Year. Aldrich earned the distinction for her first-place performance as Inner Guard at the Elks' District Rural Competition.
VA, Medicare benefits focus of Saturday talk
St. Mark's United Methodist Church will host a free workshop on veterans', Social Security and Medicare benefits.
The workshop will go from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, 1431 W. Magee Road.
Child care and refreshments will be provided.
Estate and probate law attorney Kevin Kinghorn, a member of the state bar in Arizona and Colorado, will present the workshop.
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Discard electronics at 2 recycling events
Simultaneous, free electronics-recycling programs will be happening from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Oro Valley and Marana.
Tucson Clean & Beautiful is hosting the Oro Valley event at Casas Church, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd. in Oro Valley.
Those looking to discard old computers, TVs or other devices can do so in a manner that won't harm the environment at the event, courtesy of Westech Recyclers. Any working or nonworking household electronic device will be accepted. Larger appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will not be accepted. Printer cartridges will be recycled through Cartridge World Tucson, and cellphones will go to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.
People from the first 100 households to bring in an item for recycling will get a $5 gift card.
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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is handling the Marana event, in the parking lot of Walmart, 8280 N. Cortaro Road. Unwanted TVs, computer equipment, batteries, cellphones and accessories, and other home electronics will be accepted.
"We're excited because this is our first e-waste collection event in Marana, and we are also expecting residents of Oro Valley, Rillito and Cortaro to participate," ADEQ director Henry Darwin said in a news release.
"This is a great opportunity for people in the area north of Tucson to dispose of all the unwanted electronics they have collected over the years while at the same time ensuring that this potentially toxic stream of waste is disposed of responsibly and does not take up valuable landfill space."
Those who submit items to be recycled can receive a certificate of disposal. E-Waste Harvesters will erase hard drives and recycle materials in line with state and federal standards.
ADEQ has sponsored 85 such events since 2009 and collected nearly 2.1 million pounds of electronics for recycling.
For more information visit azdeq.gov online.
May 18 golf tourney for Special Olympics
Golfers will tee off May 18 in a tournament that will raise money for the Special Olympics.
A 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. shotgun start will begin the action at SaddleBrooke Ranch, 59680 E. Robson Circle.
Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815, the Catalina-Oro Valley Lions Club, Catalina Inn and State Farm agent Jay Salazar are sponsoring the tournament.
The $70 entry fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and eligibility to receive prizes. To register, call 465-6593.
Catalina aid agency expands to Vail area
Catalina Community Services, a nonprofit that helps those in need in northwest Tucson and outlying areas, has expanded to the opposite end of the metro area, opening a branch called Greater Vail Community Services.
"We were approached by a grass-roots group of concerned citizens to provide services. We are starting with a food bank and will gradually duplicate our services for the Vail area," Catalina Community Services Executive Director Barbara McClure said in a news release.
"All funds and food items donated in Vail will directly support the Vail community."
The location is 13190 E. Colossal Cave Road, in the Old Vail Station, two doors down from the Post Office. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 2-6 p.m. Thursday.
There will be a grand opening sometime in late May.
For more information on Catalina Community Services, visit www.catalinacommunityservices.org online.
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