Senior Airman Amanda Bennett, granddaughter of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, graduated from Chaplain's Assistant School in South Carolina on Feb. 14. She was very pleased to receive the Religious Support Team Award at the graduation ceremonies. To add to the excitement, there was a 4.1 magnitude earthquake that night. Amanda then flew back to Spokane, Wash., and was upset to find out that sometime on the return trip her military issue duffle bag was broken into and a number of uniform items had been stolen. Amanda was home on leave the end of the month for a few days before traveling to Shepphard Air Force Base in Texas for her new assignment. — Erika Sickendick and daughter Hallie drove to Klamath Falls on Feb. 20-22 to visit daughter McKenzie, where she is attending Oregon Institute of Technology. While there, she invited McKenzie’s college friends to a party at the hotel where she was staying so she could meet them all. They had a great time eating pizza, as well as swimming in the hotel pool. A highlight for 12-year-old Hallie was that she got to spend two nights with McKenzie in her dorm room. Erika is happy to report that McKenzie made the president’s list at the end of fall term at OIT, where she is studying nuclear medicine technology. — Firefighters Rob Griffin, Tale Mahalea, James Mellein and Daniel Russell from Pedee Fire Station 70 passed the engineers certification test in late February, raising their rank and qualifying them to fully operate a fire engine. This certification reflects ongoing training that ensures emergency responders are available when someone in the Pedee area calls 9-1-1. Currently, Station 70 has seven firefighters — and a fire dog — who can respond to calls based on their availability. To keep the department staffed and ensure that help is available when it is needed, there is an ongoing need for volunteers at Pedee and all of the rural stations. Men and women that volunteer become part of a well-trained team that fills a critical need within the community. — Last week was the finale of the Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Math Club at OSU. The Luckiamute Valley Charter School Pedee Campus girls had a great experience there. They did experiments with dry ice, designed a simple computer game, dissected squid, did scientific research and played with chemistry making tie-die fabric squares and glow in the dark paint.