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February 26, 1995
On a warm winter day, standing on the sands of Huntington Beach and watching the waves roll in, it requires effort to remember the terrible days of the oil spill five years ago. But the beaches of Orange County are cleaner now, and the awareness of the fragility of this valuable resource has been heightened by the aftermath of that spill.
November 26, 1994
From parents coaching their children and other youngsters on the soccer field to retirees teaching illiterates to read, the number of volunteers across Orange County has grown dramatically in recent years. It is a welcome development, but there is still room for more. It may not have seemed that more were needed this week when a number of people wanting to help distribute food and clothing for Thanksgiving were told that most charities had all the bodies they could use.
March 5, 1996
Thousands of volunteers in Orange County and across the state will roll out of bed Saturday and gather at local schools to take part in what amounts to a high-tech barn-raising--the kind of endeavor that would make the Amish proud. That is, if the Amish had any use for modems and Internet accounts.
September 22, 1996
Make no mistake. Bob Dole is well on his way to becoming the next President of the United States. I do not believe in polls from liberal newspapers with their biased agendas. I do believe in the record number of positive phone calls we are receiving at the Republican Party of Orange County headquarters. The enthusiasm is truly overwhelming. Our phones are ringing off the hook. We've had to recruit more people to help answer the phones so that we do not miss the calls of the thousands in Orange County who are clamoring to volunteer to elect Bob Dole and un-elect Bill Clinton.
January 13, 1995 | BRIAN HUANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Brian Huang, a Project CHERISH coordinator, is a senior at Marina High School
Washing windows. Mowing lawns. Vacuuming carpets. Washing dishes. Trimming trees. For those with limited agility or stamina, these basic chores can seem overwhelming. And it is why they are so grateful when someone pitches in to help. Each month, 30 to 80 student volunteers from Orange County high schools get together to tackle these tasks for senior citizens. They are participants in Project CHERISH (Community Helpers Engaged In Restoring and Improving Seniors' Homes).
At age 14, Jackie Cervantes can already rattle off a list of friends who have dropped out of school and are struggling to survive on meager wages--that is, if they have a job at all. But Cervantes, an eighth-grader at Sierra Intermediate School, says that's not the route for her, certainly not since taking a class at school that shows students how hard it is to find a well-paying job without a high school diploma. "Dropping out is dumb.
April 11, 1994
California has more residents 65 years and older than any other state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The figure is likely to rise as baby boomers age. Many will come to rely on long-term care from nursing or retirement homes and residential board and care facilities. To protect residents' interests in these licensed facilities, federal law mandates that each state provide advocacy services for them.
August 20, 2000 | DANA PARSONS
To those readers who first noticed my absence three weeks ago and began worrying frantically if I'd dropped off the end of the Earth, the answer is no. I went to North Dakota. No jokes, please. I traveled the state for two weeks, met its 25 delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention and then chronicled their week in Los Angeles. Now that I've forsaken Fargo for the comforts of Huntington Beach, I bring Orange County residents this message: North Dakota wants you.
When Jerry Curry sits down to eat, he wonders whether his granddaughter, Jaycee Lee Dugard, is eating. The 53-year-old Corona man says he wakes up in the middle of the night haunted by thoughts of where the girl might be. "I keep trying to figure out why and how," Curry said of Jaycee, who grew up in Garden Grove and was abducted from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood a year ago today. "I don't do much of anything without thinking about her."
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