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Clayton Pioneer •

December 20, 2013

Around Town Blake Buchanan achieves Eagle Scout ranking

Pioneer Travels SANDUSKY, OHIO


On a recent trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio with Caroline and Luke Maynard, we provided the light reading between the roller coaster rides.

We certainly get around. Last month, we were in China, following the route of the Silk Road for 16 days. We stopped for a photo op and snapped this one at the Astana tombs outside Turpan in the ancient city of Gaochang. From left: Bob

Duensing, Candy Negrete, Stephanie Pence, Carol Riley, Jim Riley, MaryLou Gallagher.

Blake Buchanan, Boy Scout Troop #364 in Clayton, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout when he completed building 16 barn owl boxes. He donated the boxes to the Native Bird Connections to provide a habitat for Bay Area barn owls displaced by urban development. Owls are natural predators to rodents and contribute to natural pest abatement. Blake is a 2013 graduate of De La Salle High School and attends Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Blake is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow and is a third generation Eagle Scout. He is the son of Don “Buck” and Joy Buchanan.

from page 1 mayor. I admit that the office makes me a little nervous and I hope to serve the community in a meaningful way this next year. How can I help you, or your family, or your neighborhood? I hope that you will offer suggestions on how I and/or the city can help you. I realize that our resources are limited and that there always seems to be myriad reasons why something can’t be done, but it is helpful to hear your thoughts and ideas. As for this column, I will try to write about those things that are of interest to our community. I welcome (maybe even beg for) your questions or suggestions for the column.


Casey Mitchell goes for gold


Gary Halick has a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. In October, we went along to help him make a sales call in Guam.


CASEY MITCHELL (left) supervised a team that prepared art kits with supplies and craft instructions and delivered them to Autumn Green, director at All in Need Family Support.

Casey Mitchell is aiming for the Girls Scouts of America’s Gold Award with a project that uses art to develop skills and bring enjoyment to children with special needs. For the past eight months, Casey has taught art classes to children at All in Need Family Support in Pleasant Hill and has provided takehome art kits for the students. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, requiring at least 80 hours to complete. Casey submits her project for approval in January. All in Need provides support to East Bay families with children that have special needs. Casey is a junior at Clayton Valley Charter High School and has been in Troop 31895 since first grade.

DOING THE RIGHT THING Our schools – Mt. Diablo Elementary, Diablo View Middle School and Clayton Valley Charter High School – have each implemented our community character initiative, “Do the Right Thing.” For the months of November and December the focus is on the character trait of Kindness. This seems to be an easy time of year to witness and perform acts of kindness. I hope that we can be a little kinder to those around us. Have an enjoyable and safe Holiday Season. Feel free to contact me at

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