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Watson named LWW citizen of the year

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John R. Hart | The Union

Congratulations to Janet Watson, the Lake Wildwood Citizen of the Year for 2013. Janet’s outstanding community service in LWW earned her the honor and the recognition at the annual meeting hosted at LWW Commodore Park July 27.

Janet has lived in LWW for 12 years and has been an active volunteer for all of those years. She has been involved with the LWW Garden Club since moving to LWW and can be found purchasing, and then transporting, planting and watering all the beautiful flower pots around the clubhouse deck and common areas … you may also find her in the meeting rooms where she is an officer of the club. In previous years, she helped to keep the gardens at the front gate weed free and blooming.

On the LWW Recreation Committee, Janet volunteers to serve food or work in booths for the annual Craft Faires, help with the Easter Egg Hunt and Ice Cream Social and is a regular volunteer for the annual Tools, Treasure and Trash community-wide garage sale and for many LWW golf tournaments

In addition to her activities in LWW, for years, Janet has been a weekly volunteer for the Penn Valley Fireman’s Thrift Shop (also serving on the board) and Sammie’s Friends, a local animal shelter. She also bakes for events to support the Kare Crisis Nursery and helped Music in the Mountains last year by hosting a group boat ride followed by homemade desserts in her home.

Janet embodies the spirit of Lake Wildwood. She is a friend to many and never seeks recognition for what she does. She helps to make LWW a better place to live, and we are lucky to have her as a neighbor.

According to Janet, “ I feel honored to be chosen among so many people who have done so many things for the community and feel it is a privilege to live in LWW.”

Congratulations, Janet.

Three other LWW residents received honorable mention for their diligence, hard work and going above and beyond for our community: Bob Martin, Bruce Puphal and Mickey Springer .

Bob Martin is known for his many years of organizing and leading LWW volunteers in keeping Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley Road clear of debris. He is also a dedicated and tireless volunteer with Music in the Mountains.

Bruce Puphal is a member of the Safety Committee, the Fire Wise Committee, performs defensible space and fire safety inspections and participates in the Green Waste Disposal drives. Outside LWW, Bruce is a member of the Fire Safety Council, works with AmeriCorps youth on Scotch Broom cleanup along Pleasant Valley Road and is active with the Lions Club as a member, as a past secretary and as this year’s president.

Mickey Springer volunteers her time and talent to help beautify LWW. She has spent many years working on projects for the LWW Garden Club, including two years as club president. She has recently added her expertise to the planning and upgrading of our parks and open spaces. Outside LWW, she is an active volunteer for the South Yuba River and Empire Mine State Parks where she has served as docent for both parks and as a board member for four years at Bridgeport.

Congratulations to all of you.

Congratulations are also in order to the three new members of the LWW board of directors. Based on the vote of the membership, the election of Mark Bailey, Alice Siudzinski and Betsy Ballard was announced at the annual meeting.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood or Penn Valley? Contact Shirl Mendonca at shirlmendonca@gv.net.

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