What a delicious way to make a difference.

For an entire day in September, the staff at The Penny Ice Creamery scooped ice cream paired with fresh baked pies donated by Beckmann's Bakery for donations to benefit Save Our Shore's annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Allterra Solar and Lighthouse Bank pitched in, matching a portion of those donations, and on Oct. 16, staff from The Penny Ice Creamery, along with representatives of Beckmann's Old Word Bakery, Allterra Solar and Lighthouse Bank, presented the Save Our Shores organization with a donation of $3,431.92.

"It was an amazing day," said Penny owner Zachary Davis. "On a per-customer basis we actually raised more than our suggested donation. Add in the contributions of Allterra and Lighthouse and it shows you how generous both individuals and local businesses can be when it comes to supporting great causes."

Going once, going twice, going eight times

Pam Zamani knows how to wrangle in talent. She headed a team of Santa Cruz County Bank employees in a volunteer effort at the Santa Cruz County Fair's Junior Livestock Auction and Dinner on Sept. 15.

This is the eighth year Zamani, office manager of the Watsonville branch of Santa Cruz County Bank, has lead the bank's volunteers at the event. Volunteers included Larae Ross, Corina Mabalot, Lucy Desautels, Amy Chambers and Staci Semental.

A basic training grad

Army Spec. Kevin K. Collins has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.

During the nine weeks of training, Collins received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Collins, a 2006 graduate of San Lorenzo Valley High School, earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from UC Irvine. He is the son of Rob and Carmen Collins of Felton.

From 4-H and beyond

Teralyn Crill, a youth in 4-H, competed in the National Junior Horticulture Association's Plant ID and Knowledge contest held earlier this year in Wisconsin. The Boulder Creek resident won a spot on the team representing California in May at California 4-H State Field Day.

Crill, 18, placed sixth overall in the individual portion of the Plant ID and Knowledge contest portion of the national competition, and the California team won first place in the team portion. Crill also participated in the presentation portion of the convention by giving an illustrated talk about how coffee can affect plants.

Crill would like to thank the staff of Plantworks Nursery of Felton for allowing her to spend hours at their nursery studying plants. Crill, who attends Cabrillo College and plans to pursue a career in chemical engineering in the horticulture industry, was responsible for raising the $2,000 needed for the trip. She raised a market goat that she sold at the county fair, where she also entered a garden, which won first place. Plants for the garden were donated by Plantworks, Home Depot of Santa Cruz and Home Depot of Watsonville.

Sentinel photographers place in Bay Area contest

The Sentinel's very own James Tensuan and Shmuel Thaler were recently recognized by the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. Both photographers won recognition in the group's monthly Digital Clip Contest.

Tensuan placed first in the June Feature's category of the contest for his piece, "Shadows and skating," and Thaler came in third for his "Gourd Music."

A new centenarian

Nellie Patterson of Aptos has joined the triple-digit club. The longtime county resident celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 19.

Patterson started surfing in Santa Cruz in 1933, at the tender age of 21. Her picture is on display in the Santa Cruz Lighthouse Surfing Museum, along with three other women surfers of that era. She also swam in the women's synchronized swimming events for the Water Carnival. For her 95th birthday, she typed out her life story, which is full of adventures.

Happy Birthday, Nellie!

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