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YMCA HONORS 2 AS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR.

Byline: STACY BROWN

Stan Bryant and Pat Newburn were honored by the North Valley Family YMCA as Volunteers of the Year on Tuesday. Bryant joined the YMCA in 1973 and later became a member of the board of managers. He also served on the Santa Clarita Advisory and membership committees for the YMCA.

Newburn, a volunteer for 10 years, organized the Trailblazer program at the Mission Hills YMCA. The program was set up for members and their children to camp outdoors together.

More than 330 volunteers, who participate as camp counselors, basketball coaches and field trip volunteers were given recognition for their work as well.

``You are the backbone of our programs and the strength and inspiration,'' YMCA Executive Director Jane Stanton said to the recipients.

Bill Coonfield Sr., the 1985 Volunteer of the Year winner, gave the invocation.

Homer Fager of the Woodland Hills Rotary Club says the organization's 30th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, which is going on this weekend at Warner Center Park, will be raising funds for a variety of charities.

Among the causes to receive some of the proceeds is the ``Coats for Kids'' program, which provides coats for children of needy Valley families during the winter season.

Fager says each year the Rotary also raises money to support Polio Plus, an international program directed at the eradication of polio and other childhood diseases.

They work together to preserve life and property while fighting fires, floods and other disasters. And once again the Los Angeles County Fire Department will conduct their fourth annual ``Spark of Love'' Toy Drive.

They will be collecting new unwrapped toys and sports equipment at each of their fire stations for underprivileged children.

The department says more than 150,000 toys and sports equipment items have been collected and distributed over the past three years.

This year the department hopes to meet similar success.

Firefighters in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties will begin distributing the gifts first to children in foster care programs.

In addition to fire stations, the public is encouraged to drop off their toy or sports equipment donations to any Sav-on Drug Store.

For residents interested in more information about the ``Spark of Love'' Toy Drive, contact the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Community Relations Office at (213) 881-2411.

Galileo Project Scientist Torrence Johnson is scheduled to host a lecture titled ``The Galileo Mission: Uncovering the Mysteries of Jupiter and its Moons,'' at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

The Galileo spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on Dec. 7, 1995, after its launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 1989.

Johnson is the project scientist of the Galileo mission.

Admission to the lecture is free and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, you may contact the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's public information office at (818) 354-5011.
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