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Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:00 am

Marana names MHS grad new deputy town manager

Marana native Del Post has accepted an offer to become the Town's deputy manager. He starts work in May. His salary will be $125,000.

Post is an associate attorney with Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, PC, a law firm in Missoula, Mont. His areas of practice include real-estate litigation, civil litigation, family law, probate, wills and estate planning.

He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. He is a graduate of Marana High School.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve my hometown," Post said. "I'm looking forward to helping the town achieve its vision."

Post, 33, was chosen from a group of more than 200 applicants in a national search.

"His personality, experience in the private sector and love of this community will make him an outstanding deputy manager," said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson.

Golf tourney proceeds to help fight breast cancer

The 4th annual Spring Swing Charity Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, April 17, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $125, or $75 for cancer survivors. All net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Southern Arizona.

For more information, call 297-1121.

"The Swing committee's mission is to engage the local community in the fight against breast cancer in Southern Arizona," said event founder and chairwoman Gayle McMullen.

Through breast cancer fundraising events, including the Swing golf tournaments, Oro Valley Country Club has become the largest golf event donor to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Southern Arizona.

Jaimie Leopold, executive director of Susan G Komen in Southern Arizona, said, "With community partners and supporters like Spring Swing and its annual golf event, crucial screening, treatment, education and programs are funded for those who need them in our six county Southern Arizona service area."

In the past four years, Spring Swing has contributed more than $40,000 to the local Southern Arizona for the Cure affiliate, which provides critically needed breast health services in our community.

The event is supported by community partners KOLD News13, the Executive Women's Golf Association of Tucson, Sunflower Farmer's Market, North Tucson Fire Fighters and Oro Valley Country Club.

Former Mesa Verde teacher named favorite by Barnes & Noble

Retired school teacher Bonnie Lafferty has been named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. She will be recognized on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m., at the Barnes & Noble store in the Foothills Mall, where she will receive a special award acknowledging her achievement.

Family, friends and the public may attend this free event.

Lafferty was nominated by a former student, Danielle Murdoch, who had Lafferty as her second-grade teacher when both were at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Northwest Tucson. Danielle is now an eighth grader at Sonoran Science Academy; she remembered Lafferty so fondly that she was compelled to nominate her.

Danielle also will receive a certificate of recognition at the store during the ceremony. Sonoran Science Academy will receive a set of 10 Children's Classics books for its school library.

For this contest, students were invited to nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher's qualities, the sincerity of the student's appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing.

Lafferty will now be entered into the regional competition, where six winners will be chosen. From the pool of regional winners, one teacher will be named the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.

 

 

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