Eagle Scout revives pond, rouses wildlife

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – It took an Eagle Scout three days to dig out a buried pond at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, but already it has become a watering hole for a variety of critters. El Monte High School senior Glen Maldonado decided to rehabilitate the pond, which had become choked with plants and debris over the years, as his Eagle Scout project. Three years ago it was filled in with rocks, bricks and mulch to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and spreading the West Nile virus. The pond has now been stocked with mosquito fish to eat mosquito larvae, said Nature Center superintendent Colleen Mackay. Mackay said when more vegetation is planted, the added cover will attract more birds. “It’s really a special place,” she said. Building a crescent-shaped wooden railing around the pond will be the next project for another Eagle Scout. Maldonado, who plans to go to Cal State Los Angeles in the fall, said he became interested in civil engineering after playing The Sims, a computer game in which players create characters and design entire cities. “You build houses, buildings, bridges,” he said. “I started learning more about that type of career.” shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Maldonado said one reason he worked on the pond was that it’s next to to a handicapped-accessible concrete trail. “I chose that spot because all the seniors who go there walk by on the cement trail, so they could have some scenery,” said Maldonado, who plans to become a civil engineer. His family often comes to Whittier Narrows to walk and relax, he said. Maldonado and a group of volunteers pulled out 9-foot-high thistles, mulefat and mustard plants overgrowing the pond, and shoveled out the rocks and dirt. Within an hour one warm recent morning, observers spotted several bird species: a house wren, California towhee, house finch, hummingbird, mockingbird, black phoebe, lesser goldfinch, phainopepla and a woodpecker. “Out of nowhere, things have starting coming out towards the water,” Mackay said. last_img read more

Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards

first_imgArdara’s Gallaghers Bakery are among the nine food and drink companies from across the length and bread-th of Ireland to receive top honours at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards today.Bord Bia’s awards celebrate businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the production, promotion and growth of the Irish food and drink industry in Ireland and overseas.Gallaghers Bakery in Ardara earned a slice of success with the ‘Entrepreneurial Award’ for the company’s foresight in successfully identifying, researching and developing a successful offering for the gluten-free market. This vision has driven huge success for the business. They have been on a roll since 2011, from employing 65 people to 305 direct employees in 2017, with a further 40 expected by early 2018.The judges note that the success of Gallaghers Bakery is no doubt driven by their entrepreneurial spirit, their ability to think big and smartly leverage retailer’s consumer insights and data. It is an incredible story of drive, ambition and the team’s tenacity to succeed.Pictured is Gallaghers Bakery, Declan Gallagher, Founder / Director and Tom Doyle, Founder / Director of Gallaghers Bakery, which won in the entrepreneurial category of Bord Bia’s Food & Drink Industry Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2017More than 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather for the awards ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.  Other award winning companies, encompassing some of Ireland’s best known brands, family businesses and export successes, included Diageo; Butlers Chocolates; The Happy Pear; Silver Hill Farm; Dawn Meats; Kerry Foods; Monaghan Mushrooms and Pip & Pear. In addition, Bord Bia presented the inaugural ‘Industry Champion’ Award to Denis O’Riordan of Kerry Foods in recognition of his outstanding contribution in delivering global success for the Cheestrings brand.The awards will be presented by Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia, who said, “Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge the trailblazers in the Irish food and drink industry who have proven their commitment and ambition to drive the sector forward.“These companies have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their use of marketing principles and consumer insight and provide an example of best practice which new and emerging businesses can aspire to.“I would like to congratulate and applaud all nine companies for their vision and determination to succeed which is helping us to develop the positive reputation for Irish food and drink on the global market.” Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry AwardsEntrepreneurialGallagher’s Bakerylast_img read more