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Briefly In The News

February 16, 2012

The city is now expected to save $21,844 in energy costs and lessen greenhouse emissions by 58 tons every year, according to the release. Maintenance costs will also decrease over the next 10 years.


Dust off treasures to donate to collection

Laguna Beach Seniors is seeking donations for its Legacy Collection, which will be a staple item up for bid at the silent auction during the sixth annual Legacy Ball on March 9.

The collection should include unique items like jewelry, antiques, art and books valued at $200 or more, according to a news release.


The group is accepting new or gently used items for the collection until Feb. 28. Proceeds from the Legacy Ball and auction will go toward programs that benefit seniors at the Susi Q Senior Center.

For more information, call Christine Brewer at (949) 497-2441 or


PMMC chooses new board of directors

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center announced this week its board of directors for 2012.

Jeff Brumett was named president, along with Linda Wolcott as vice president, Nancy Bushnell as treasurer and Vicki Tales as secretary, according to a news release from the center.

Other changes include the addition to the board of Kathryn Burton Gray, and the resignation of former president Jock Stalker.

Stalker will continue to help with fundraising and projects, according to the release.

"Jock's leadership has been instrumental in moving us through the disastrous flood and the recovery activities that were essential to our getting up and running again," Brumett said in a statement.


Volunteer team returns from Thailand

Pastor Jay Grant from Church by the Sea and his team recently returned from a dental mission trip to the slums of Bangkok and a village nearMyanmar'sborder.

The group included long-time resident and dentist Teru Yamamoto, who was assisted by Samantha Ryder, Linda Ungerland, Anita Delaney, Wes Davis and Shari Yamamoto.

They saw more than 160 patients who had never been to a dentist.

Before leaving, Teru Yamamoto left some portable dental equipment behind in order to help a volunteer dentist in the area, who didn't have many tools to work with.

There are plans for the team to return next year with more supplies and treatment. Interested volunteers should contact Yamamoto at or call Church by the Sea at (949) 494-6191.

—Barbara Diamond and Kelly Parker

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