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Students earn health care scholarships

Several East County students were among more than 100 recipients of the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarships.

The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to students at a program-approved high school who have a commitment to pursuing a career in the medical or dental health care fields.

The following students received scholarships: Karen Aguilera-Rodriguez of Barlow High School; Yesenia Delgado of Reynolds High School; Lauren Elliott of Corbett High School; Juliana Ionescu of Gresham High School; Bahar Kasimi of Gresham High School; Melissa Mast of Springwater Trail High School; and Miriam Morales-Ayala of Centennial High School.

'Dancing with the Elks' raises money

The Gresham Elks held its second annual 'Dancing With the Elks' fundraiser Saturday, May 21.

The event raises money for the Elks' entertainment committee, with attendees voting with their dollars for their favorite dancer. This year, the dancers raised $2,500.

About 140 people were present to watch six dancers: Mike Durrell, Dan Timmins, John Copeland, Linda Copeland, Barbara Morita and Vicki Young. Their dance partners were Peg Means, Rose Lowes, Patty Bowser, Ken Shawgo, Bill Anthony and Bill Bowser.

The winners of the Dancing with the Elks trophy were Peg Means and Mike Durrell.

The judges were Tina Tebbens, Don Green and Tony Owsian. The emcees, Kathy and Mike Thienes, conducted interviews with the dancers and kept the show going.

Best Buy awards student scholarship

A Best Buy @15 Scholarship was awarded to Keegan York, a student at Gresham High School.

York is the son of Steve and Karen Johnston and plans to attend Oregon State University for the 2011-12 academic year.

Best Buy Children's Foundation has awarded $19.7 million in scholarship funds to students since 1999. In 2011, a total of 1,099 students were awarded the scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and/or work experience. Recipients must also be entering an accredited university, college or technical school in the fall of 2011.

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Longtime McDonald's employee retires

Sharon Puckett, an assistant manager at the Troutdale McDonald's on Cherry Park Road, celebrated her retirement Thursday, June 2, with a celebration among employees, friends and customers that commemorated her 37-year career with the company.

Puckett started working for McDonald's in October 1974 at the Gresham location on Burnside Road and Division Street. Since then, she has worked at McDonald's locations in Sandy, Jantzen Beach and Cherry Park. Her three children have also worked for McDonald's over the years.

Ollie Lund, a McDonald's franchise operator, hired Puckett when he opened the Gresham location, the 2,977th McDonald's in the company. Puckett ended her career at the Cherry Park McDonald's - the 20,942nd McDonald's location to open in the world. (McDonald's is now approaching 34,000 worldwide locations.)

Lund praised Puckett as a trustworthy, dependable employee with a nice personality who always set a positive example for other employees.

'She was a great lady,' he said. 'We'll all miss her.'

During her retirement party, Puckett enjoyed balloons and cake with friends Janet Alexander, who retired from McDonald's last year after 26 years, and Nadel 'Birdie' Herrel, who retired 11 years ago. Lund presented her with a glass McDonald's building, with her name and dates of service, as a memento to her career.

Puckett, a Fairview resident, plans to spend her retirement in Eastern Oregon.