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AARP honors area resident for community service

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John Lothspeich of Spokane has received Washington state’s 2005 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. It is the most prestigious award given to volunteers. Lothspeich has donated his time to the Spokane South Side Senior Activity Center, the Downtown Kiwanis, United Way and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“Two area residents have graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Airman 1st Class Edward Hall, the son of Melody Forester of Spokane and Edward Hall of Delray Beach, Fla., is a 2004 graduate of Atlantic High School in Delray Beach.

Airman Samantha Hill, a 2004 graduate of Cheney High School, is the daughter of Arthur and Lorraine Hill of Medical Lake.

“Staff Sgt. Tait Delzer has been awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for his participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Delzer, a 1998 graduate of Lakeside High School, is currently serving with the 347th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in Georgia. He is the son of Gary Delzer of Spokane and Laurie Walther of Nine Mile Falls.

“Emmilly Wells recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps leader development and assessment course at Fort Lewis, Wash. Wells, the daughter of Thomas and Linda Foster of Usk, Wash., earned an associate degree from Washington State University in 2001. She is currently attending Eastern Washington University.

“Army Pvt. Kaleb Simmons recently graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. Simmons, a 2001 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way, Wash., is the son of Stephen Simmons and Denyce Simmons, both of Spokane.

“Laurie Greco Matthews has been awarded the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Washington State by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Matthews, a 1986 graduate of Gonzaga Prep and a 1990 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has taught biology at Eastside Catholic School in Bellevue for 11 years. Matthews is the daughter of Robert and Denise Greco of Spokane.

“Margaret Russell of Spokane recently earned a Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies. Russell will be fulfilling her family practice residency at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Russell of Spokane.

“Annabel Kirschner recently received the 2005 Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach Award from the Rural Sociological Society. Kirschner is a professor and extension sociologist at Washington State University. She established an extension program in applied demography that focuses on state and local population trends. Kirschner has taught at WSU since 1979.

“Michael Maccini was named to the honor roll at Dartmouth College for the 2004-05 academic year. Maccini, a 2004 graduate of Mt. Spokane High School, is the son of Dave and Merry Maccini of Colbert.

“Selina Sebert of Spokane has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Saia Inc. Sebert works for Saia as an operations clerk. She is taking online classes through Baker College.

“Sarah Hanson recently graduated from the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in New Jersey. Hanson, the daughter of Jim Hanson of Tum Tum, Wash., and the late Janet Hanson, is a 2000 graduate of Weston-McEwen High School in Athena, Ore. She will be stationed at Yaquina Bay, Ore.


University of Idaho graduate student researcher Gordon Toevs has earned a graduate fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Toevs has been studying pollutants in sediments at the bottom of Lake Coeur d’Alene. EPA officials received more than 2,000 applications and awarded 130 fellowships.

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