Here are some recent nominations from readers concerning Wasatch Front residents who make a difference in their communities by doing volunteer work or other such service:
- Jim Martin:Martin is a mail carrier who has shown genuine concern for the people on his route. He is described as being accurate and very conscientious.
He's more than a mailman since he stops to talk briefly with those he serves. He recently delivered a gift to a family who has a new baby. He also attended the funeral of a neighbor.
One time Martin helped a neighbor on his route change a flat tire.
He watches out for the families on his route and is aware of anything that seems amiss.
He goes beyond his job description and is a plus to the community.
- Spencer Squires:
Squires, also known as "Grandpa Squires," has donated time at Edge-mont Elementary School as a teacher's aide for the past seven years. He assists second-graders one on one who need help in math or reading. He is also an expert on fossils and shares this knowledge with students. He demonstrates a genuine concern for the students and his assistance has proved invaluable.
He has also donated money to Edge-mont Elementary and to the homeless shelter, where he also donates time regularly.
- Sandy Historic Museum volunteers:
The Sandy Museum, 8744 S. 150 East, is staffed by many volunteers. The free museum was set up three years ago and is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 2-5 p.m.
- Sam Plowgian:
Plowgian regularly assists a 45-year-old neighbor confined to a wheelchair. He drives him everywhere, reads to him, helps dress him and transports him to church functions. Despite the recent passing of his wife, Plowgian continues to provide this compassionate service.
- Jay Child:
Child, a real gentleman reads to the sick, helps neighbors by snow blowing their driveways -- and this when he's not in the best of health himself.
- Charles W. Schultz:
Schultz presents the "Smokey the Bear" program in local elementary schools. He's also a volunteer at the veteran's hospital.
- Tony Tangaro:
Tangaro, a 76-year old, shovels snow for his neighbors in the winter and mows their lawns in the summer. According to one of his neighbors, he's always helping someone.
- Allen R. Howell:
Howell is a retired Brigham Young University official who has devoted himself to the rehabilitation of the handicapped. He has helped form a board of professionals and volunteers - Exceptional Success Associates - to promote vocational rehabilitation for people who are economically sidelined by handicaps caused accidents and illness.
He is also the author of a book, "Call me Dad," about his son, Randy, who was born with severe physical handicaps but who attended college and excelled in chess and other areas. All proceeds from sales of the book will go toward the services and programs offered by Exceptional Success Associates.
- Patrice Baumgardner:
Baumgardner voluntarily visits area animal shelters and compiles a list of potential adoptions. Her efforts in 1990 resulted in saving more than 3,000 cats and dogs.
- H. Dean Oveson:
Oveson, a Taylorsville resident helped prune more than 100 trees for area widows last year. She has also helped fertilize their lawns as a free service and he's also a Boy Scout leader.
- Ruth Nichols:
Nichols has spent the past five years visiting and assisting the elderly in her neighborhood on a regular basis.
- Residents on Maytime Drive in Magna:
Many neighbors in this area go out of their way to assist nearby housholds. One neighborhood wife has a terminally ill husband and Magna residents go out of their way to help out the family.