* Ventura has announced the winners of its volunteer awards program. Betty Black, a retired librarian, received Volunteer of the Year honors for managing registration data for the 1,100-member Volunteers for Ventura program. The Garden Angels received top group honors for educating and assisting community gardeners at Cornucopia Community Garden.
GOP Women Honor Students for Essays * Simi Valley Republican Women have announced the honorees of their essay contest, which offers area students a chance to spend a day with state legislators. Traveling to Sacramento will be Marisa Bemis, a senior, and Ashley Pandolfi, an eighth-grader, both of La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, and Jonathan Panossian, a sophomore at Moorpark College.
Simi Valley Free Clinic Salutes Veterinarian * The board of directors of Free Clinic of Simi Valley honored Lowel Novy, a veterinarian, with its 2000 Spirit Award. Novy was recognized for his contributions to the community and to the free clinic during the past 40 years.
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