Category archives for: Neighbor Spotlight

Ronnda Michaelis: Helping good causes is her way of life

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Whether cheering up deployed military members with care packages, holding food drives or cleaning up the environment via hair clippings, Powegian Ronnda Michaelis said she’s always finding a cause to support.

Kristian Tristan – Keeping Poway’s trains running

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There are lots of things that teenagers do for fun after school: watching television, skateboarding, playing video games. Working on 100-year-old steam engines, however, is a little more unusual.

Debjani Chakraborty – Sharing her passion with others

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Del Sur resident Debjani Chakraborty is sharing her life-long love of Indian classical dance with locals through performances and free lessons taught at area libraries.

Andre LeCault Helping veterans find avenues

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Since retiring in 2005, Rancho Bernardo resident Andre LeCault has become more active in veterans’ organizations, something he said is important to help younger war veterans.

Wally Dier – Flying high in restored biplanes

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A love of biplanes has led longtime Poway resident Wally Dier to make restoring World War II-era Stearman biplanes both a hobby and a passion.

Linda Laurie – Helping veterans get recognition

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A lifetime of teaching and counseling has led to Poway resident Linda Laurie’s true passion: helping World War II veterans get the honor and remembrance they deserve.

Girl Scout organizes sports equipment drive

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Children in South Africa will soon be playing soccer with real soccer balls instead of homemade balls made out of plastic grocery bags because of efforts by Del Norte High freshman Alexa Alyeshmerni.

Ray Smith – Tennis coach skis to help quake victims

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By Emily Sorensen Although tennis is Ray Smith’s first love, a growing interest in skiing marathons has him attempting to raise money for New Zealand earthquake victims. A Poway High School graduate and former tennis coach for Poway High School and Rancho Bernardo High School, Smith can now be found giving private tennis lessons at [...]

Amy Armenti – Finding homes for unwanted cats

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While Amy Armenti says she and husband, Tom, are a failure as cat foster parents because they keep any cat that enters their home, the Poway resident has still found a way to help cats find forever families.

Erin Culp: Raising money for music at Abraxas High

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Though she’s long been bringing music to children, this time Erin Culp is hoping to do it on a school-wide basis.