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My name is Elmer Bonilla, a Scout member for Troop 242 of Basalt. I have just finished my Eagle Scout project, and I would like to thank Valley Lumber and Lowe’s for the time that they spent with me and for all the supplies and donations that I received from them.
I would also like to thank my mentor, Jon Kurz. He mentored me throughout my entire project. Without him, I would not have been able to move forward.
Also, I would like to thank the scouts who helped me in one way or another during this important process in my life, including: Ladibel Bonilla, Gabriel Bonilla, Omar Merlos, Thomas Worth and Gordon Murphy. And most of all, thanks to my parents, Jerry Evert and Ligia Bonilla, because without them I would not have been able to do this project.
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I am a single mother of four children. At Christmas time, I am reminded of how little I can do for gifts with so many children. My budget is very little.
This year, one of my children, Sophia, age 4, wanted to meet Santa as her gift. I could not afford the pictures anywhere, and she really wanted one.
I do most of my Christmas and birthday shopping at thrift stores and was so happy when I saw that Once Upon a Child had free pictures with Santa. Not only did Sophia get her wish, but our whole family had pictures taken for free.
That was my Christmas wish, to have a family picture taken.
Thank you to Once Upon a Child for helping me and other families this year be able to add this to our Christmas tradition.
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Richard Miller and Allison Marcus were sentenced to 45, days in jail, 1,500 hours of useful public service and $100,000 of restitution on June 30, 2019, as their sentence for starting the Lake Christine Fire the prior year. They have made significant strides in fulfilling their debt to society, according to the district attorney’s office.