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n- % !> i!) ;ii~S COMMUNITY ] THURSDAY, September 18, 2014 THE BY DOUG SLY BBCC Big Bend Community Col- lege Trustee Mike Blakely is the recipient of the 2014 Pa- cific Region Trustee Leader- ship Award. Blakely, a retired Quincy agriculture and diversified oc- cupations teacher, last May re- ceived the Washington Trust- ee Leadership Award from the state Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges. The state trustees then nominated him for a re- gional award from the Associ- ation of Community College Trustees (ACCT). This is the first time a BBCC trustee has earned a regional award from the ACCT. As recipient of the Pacific Region Leadership Award, he is one of seven finalists for the national award to be announced during the ACCT convention in Chicago on Oct. 22. Blakely has served as a BBCC Trustee for 10 years and is nearing the end of his final term. "Mike is always reaching out to students in his com- munity, especially talented low-income and minority students who might not think college is possible," BBCC President Terry Leas said. "He often personally brings new students to campus." Blakely has been active in t .i Submitted photo BBCC Trustee Mike Blakely, center, regularly interacts with and encourages students in the Student Success Center. From left are students Miraclejoy Curtis, Hilda Alvarado, Jazmin Ballardo, and Rosa Santillan-Chagollan. Olympia as a trustee, regular- ly meeting with legislators to make sure they know the im- portance of community col- leges to the state's economy and quality of life. A 40-year Grant County resident, Blakely has ties to Future Farmers of Ameri- ca, the Quincy Leadership Roundtable, the Columbia Basin Sheep Producers, the state Agriculture Education Task Force, and many other organizations. "He doesn't miss an oppor- tunity to brag about BBCC students and staff," Leas said. "Much of the recognition BBCC has received in recent years is due to Mike taking the time to write and promote nominations for awards and honors." Blakely has nominated stu- dents for state Transforming Lives Awards. When they re- ceived top honors, Mike and his wife Myrna coached them on how to tell their stories to more than 150 other trustees. He is regularly on campus, writes many scholarship rec- ommendation letters, attends nearly all BBCC Foundation fundraisers and especially enjoysstudent recognition events. V Better Breathers to meet on Thursday The Better Breathers Club this month meets in Ephrata. The group, which-helps participants manage their lung disease and live better, meets at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ephrata Senior Center. Lunch is served at noon for $5. The September discussion topic is sleep apnea. The BBC meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, alternating be- tween Quincy Valley Medical Center and Columbia Basin Hospital. Seniors: Baked ham is on tonight's menu Ken Lacy, local geology ex- pert, will give a presentation on the geology of the Quincy Basin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Quincy Senior Center. Thursday's menu is baked ham, scalloped potatoes and vanilla pudding with man- darin oranges. The Sept. 25 menu is Western sahdwiches, tater tots and fruit cocktail dessert. All meals are $6, Monday bridge winners were Dick Bennett, first place, and Nancy Street, sec- ond place. Wednesday bridge winners were Bea Weinand, first place, and Betty Mans- field, second place. Dominoes winners were Elaine Elshoff, first place, and Mark Owens, second place. Pinochle win- ners were Bill DeLeeuw, first place, and Ruth Atwood, sec- ond place. Heritage Center open through Monday The Wanapum Heritage Center at Wanapum Dam is open until Monday. The center was closed ear- lier this year when a fracture was found on the Wanapum Dam spillway. It closes Sept. 23 in preparation for the open- ing of the new center near Priest Rapids Dam next year. r Admission is free. The cen- ter is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday; how- ever, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hodges returns from mission in Kentucky - Janna Hodges, 21, returned this week from her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hodges, daughter of Jerry and Joey Hodges of Quincy, is a 2011 graduate of Quincy High School. While serving her 18-month mission, Hodges represent- ed the LDS Church as a missionary to teach the people of Ken- tucky, Illinois, and Indiana about the church and provide Service to them. She will re- turn to Brigham Young Uni- versity-Idaho for continuing education this fall. Hodges speaks Sunday in the sacrament meeting service of the Quincy 1st Ward of the LDS Church at 1102 2nd Ave. S.E. The service begins at 11:50 a.m. All are welcome to attend. 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