"Nova, a 3-year-old retired racing greyhound, is sitting quietly on a pillow in a playpen in the middle of an office. He is greeting employees walking by with a big greyhound smile and looks around for someone to pet him on the head. He looks up as Leslie Thorson goes into his pen, holds his face in her hands and gently kisses his wet nose. “We spoil him and feed him treats by hand,” said Thorson, blood bank operations director for Hemopet. She gives Nova a tasty treat for donating his blood."
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) honored Washington County Hospital with the Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. With Washington County Hospital being the only hospital awarded five years in a row, the hospital was recognized for their excellence in raising organ donation rates of eligible donors during a 26 month period ending in June 2009."
"Math is a subject some students would prefer leaving out of their school schedule — but a great math teacher can make all the difference for a student who is struggling with the subject. Former Clear Spring Middle School student Brianna Arnemann, who will attend the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts this fall, has been on both sides of that equation. She credits her eighth-grade pre-algebra teacher, Jamie Mason, for helping her come out on the positive side. “I didn’t think I could do math and get into the [Barbara Ingram] school because I’m not good at math, and you have to have a good GPA,” Brianna says. “Because of her help, I was able to get into the school I wanted.”
"Students at San Marcos High School are creating excitement and bringing awareness to the ongoing needs of foster youth and it's causing a ripple effect throughout the community. Not only that, but it's having a huge impact on high school students who are working with foster youth through this program.”
“In light of Meg Rayburn, the 2-year-old dachshund who was discovered severely injured on New Year’s Eve due to an individual setting off fireworks on her back, Patsy’s Pet Market, in conjunction with Zignature, will be hosting a crawfish boil benefit on Saturday, February 23, from 12:00 until 3:00. Proceeds from the benefit will go directly to Dachshund Rescue of Houston (DROH), the organization currently caring for Meg and many other Dachshunds in need”
“For local foster youth and their resource families, this Christmas will be one they will never forget: The Kelly Marsh Team at Cornerstone Home Lending in Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Trolley Company will be holding a special Christmas trolley ride complete with a visit from Santa and Christmas gifts for the fifth year in a row. The Santa Barbara Trolley Company is also graciously contributing one trolley for the evening.”