It's official: The city has launched the Volunteer Network, which connects people willing to volunteer with agencies that could use a helping hand. Network organizations include non-profits such as the Boys and Girls Club and United Way, along with government agencies Hesperia Unified School District, Hesperia Recreation and Park District and the city itself.


The hub of the network is the city's web site, www.cityofhesperia.us. To find volunteer opportunities click on "Volunteer Program."


According to City Manager Mike Podegracz, the network's impetus came directly from residents.


"We often receive calls from volunteers looking for opportunities to donate time," Podegracz said in the city's quarterly newsletter, Hesperia Horizon. "This program allows citizens to search for opportunities via the city web site and create a profile for organizations to find them."


Sounds like a great opportunity especially in this time of need.


 


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Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) last week was honored by the California State Sheriffs' Association as their 2009 Legislator of the Year.


"The sheriffs of California appreciate his dedication and support for law enforcement and we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize his strong commitment to public safety," said Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker, the association's president.


 


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Sad news from State Senate George Runner's office: Runners' chief of staff Will Smith died of a heart attack last Monday while playing a game of basketball.


"Will was someone who had his priorities straight," Runner said. "There are so many things I can say about him, but perhaps one of his strongest characteristics was his incredible dedication to his family and his faith."


According to a report in Capitol Weekly, Smith died while playing a pickup game of basketball at Riverside Wesleyan Church. He had just finished coaching his daughter's basketball game.


Smith was just 41.


Smith's death is reminiscent of the late great NBA star "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died of a heart attack at the age of 40 while playing a pickup basketball game at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena.


In Maravich's case, an autopsy showed he had a congenital defect and was missing his left coronary artery.


 


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Due to space limitations, the names of Oak Hills High School's outstanding junior varsity wrestlers were left off of the article on page B1 of this newspaper. Here are the wrestlers' names:


Jared Aguilera, Anthony Avalos, Matthew Carbajal, James Cervantes, Merissa Cruz, Irving Diaz, William Foraker, Robert Gajus, Anthony Hernandez, Chase Jeffrey, Jacob Lusco, Mauricio Marquez, Rebeca Martinez, Jonathan Mendoza, Manuel Munoz, Jacob Nunez, James O'Neill, Matthew Ochoa, Christian Ramirez, Maximillian Ramirez, Cristian Rivas, and Oscar Rosalez.