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Good News for Wyatt Akridge, Vincent Tibbles and Boy Scouts

The Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles made a $250 donation to the Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council. Accepting the check from Kiwanis President June Schneider is Scout Executive/CEO Carlos Cortez of the Los Padres Council.
The Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles made a $250 donation to the Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council. Accepting the check from Kiwanis President June Schneider is Scout Executive/CEO Carlos Cortez of the Los Padres Council.

SLO County

Thanks to Jack’s Helping Hand, a local child diagnosed with autism is getting a better night’s sleep.

The nonprofit organization, which helps children with cancer and special needs, gave 8-year-old Wyatt Akridge a handmade weighted blanket with his favorite character, Stitch, from the Disney movie “Lilo & Stitch,” on the fabric.

The blanket was given in April, which is Autism Awareness Month.

According to Wyatt’s mom, the first night Wyatt slept with the blanket, he did not get out of bed once, which was a first.

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum held its first Boy Scout Railroading Badge Day, with 20 Scouts earning their badges.

The boys were given a tour of the Coast Starlight train and were able to explore a sleeping car, dining car, coach car, observation (with a movie theater) car and a baggage car look-alike.

After talking with staff — including the chef — the boys completed other activities to earn their badges.

For more information about BSA Railroading Badge Day, email rrmeritbadge@slorrm.com.

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Vincent Tibbles, a local Naval Sea Cadet and student docent at the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (CCVMM), was recently honored by the Vandenberg Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars with the Patrick Henry Award.

The award recognizes outstanding and exceptional service to the museum, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Central Coast Division at Camp San Luis Obispo and the community. The award citation read in part: “Cadet Tibbles recently was cited by the Secretary of the Navy for his actions in saving the life of a passenger on a train who suffered a life threatening laceration to her leg.”

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