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Alamo Rotary Club names Rotarian of the Year: The Rotary Club of Alamo has named Rick Buxton the Alamo Rotarian of the Year for 2013-14. Buxton joined Rotary in 1982 as a member of the Mission Valley Rotary Club in San Diego. When he relocated to the Bay Area, he became a member of the Rotary Club of Oakland #3, San Francisco Rotary Club #2 and the San Jose Rotary Club before joining the Rotary Club of Alamo in November 1992. Rick maintained perfect attendance for some 30 years at all of the Rotary Clubs in which he was a member. Buxton has served as the club's Rotary Foundation Giving coordinator for more than 20 years. Buxton and his wife, Gayle, are longtime residents of Alamo. Before his retirement, Rick was the vice president of the Alta Bates Summit Foundation and specialized in charitable estate planning.

America Recycles Day: USAgain, the textile recycling company based in Hayward, has named Amador Valley High School of Pleasanton the first-prize winner for its America Recycles Day Challenge. The challenge is USAgain's recycling competition for schools across the country. Participating schools collected textiles throughout November. Amador Valley High School recycled 3,724 pounds of clothing and textiles, earning them a $1,000 prize. More than 600 schools took part in the seventh annual America Recycles Day Challenge, recycling a total of 198,545 pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles.

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Army National Guard Graduation: Army National Guard Spec. Patrick S. Hescox has graduated from infantry basic training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA. He is the son of Judy and H. Douglas, of San Ramon. He is a 2001 graduate of California High School in San Ramon and received a master's degree in 2007 from CSU Fresno.

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