January 01, 2000

Eric Eltringham, 15, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest

rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Eric led a group of students and

adults in a project to repair the redwood picnic tables and benches at

his school, Delphi Academy in La Canada Flintridge.

Eric is an honor student in Form 6 (the equivalent of 9-10 grade.) He

is a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is an elite service

organization within the Boy Scouts. Last summer, he participated in a


week of leadership training (Oakbadge) where he earned the Oakie award

and this past summer, he was a merit badge counselor on Catalina Island,

Camp Cherry Valley. He will march in the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's


Thomas Poole, the son of Cal and Naomi Poole of Tujunga, received the

rank of Eagle Scout as more than 80 friends, troop members and Scout

officials attended a Court of Honor.

For his Eagle project, Poole organized, managed and participated in

the clearing of almost three-quarters of an acre of overgrown underbrush

near Mount Mooney in the Angeles National Forest. Tom, 14 other Scouts

and 10 adults contributed a total of 590 hours to the project.

During his time as a Scout, Poole has earned a total of 23 merit

badges and has served in several leadership positions. These include

patrol leader, quartermaster, instructor, senior patrol leader and troop

guide. He has also reached the rank of Brotherhood in the Order of the


He is a graduate of Sunland's Advanced Education Academy and is

working and apprenticing as an electrician.

Ali Zreik of Glendale has completed a specialized educational program

in professional divorce planning and is now a certified divorce planner.

Zreik is trained to provide financial information and assistance to

people in the process of getting a divorce.

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