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John and Kathy Donlevy are the 2016 Citizens of the Year. They will be formally honored at the Winters Chamber of Commerce’s annual Year in Review/Toast to Winters celebration, planned on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Park Winters. For tickets or more information, call the Chamber, 795-2329.
Photo by Debra DeAngelo
Donlevys are 2016 Citizens of the Year
By DEBRA DeANGELO
If one were to simply list all of John and Kathy Donlevy’s volunteer activities in Winters, there’d be no room in the Express for anything else, and that’s certainly why they‘ve been chosen as the 2016 Citizens of the Year.
From AYSO soccer to the Volunteer Firefighter Department to Youth Day to Rotary Club, the Donlevys have given freely of their time, and neither has a lot to spare. However, they’ve made it a priority to find time to give to the community they love.
As Winters city manager, John Donlevy is surely no stranger to anyone in the community. Scarcely a week goes by that his name doesn’t appear in the Express, as he oversees and operates City Hall and its staff, a job he likens to being the “CEO of the city.” That would be enough to keep him busy, but he’s still found time to serve 15 years on the board of directors for the Rotary Club of Winters, including one year as president and seven as chair for the club’s International Services Committee, three for the Scholarship Committee, and three for the Community Services Committee.
Kathy has also put in years on various local boards of directors, including eight with the Youth Day Committee and nine on Winters AYSO. She has additionally coordinated the Youth Day Kids Fair for eight years, and served as a Girl Scout leader. . . .
Chris Turkovich pours some wine at the Turkovich Family Wines and Winters Cheese Company tasting room on Railroad Avenue.
Photo by Margaret Burns
Turkovich gets Theodore Winters Award
By MARGARET BURNS
“Wow! I’m in good company,” Chris Turkovich said when he heard who the other Winters Chamber of Commerce awardees are for 2016. “Gino Mediati and John Donlevy were both personally helpful when we wanted to open up a business in downtown Winters.
“It’s really humbling to get this award. I’ve only been back in town for about 10 years. I was fortunate to come back to Winters when I did.”
The Theodore Winters Award is given to someone who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of the Winters community, but over a shorter period of time than the Citizen of the Year, and generally in one or two activities.
Turkovich exemplifies those qualities, according to the Chamber, which cites his work in many areas to promote and market Winters. He has been involved in the concept of Winters as the gateway to the Highway 128 corridor that leads to Napa, and now the Snow Mountain National Monument. Although the monument effort was not a part of the Highway 128 public relations effort, it fit seamlessly into the promotion. . . .
Daniel Carrion pulls up for a short jump shot during the Winters High School varsity boys basketball game at home on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Photo by Eric Lucero
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Thomas scores 20 points in
By ERIC LUCERO
The week started out with a disappointing loss but ended with a big win as the Winters High School varsity boys basketball team went 1-1 last week. Winters hosted two non-league games last week starting with a 49-35 loss to Vacaville Christian on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
The Warriors played even with the Falcons in a fast-paced first period that ended with the Warriors down by just one at 11-10. But the second period belonged to the Falcons as they out scored Winters 17-7 to take a 28-17 halftime lead. . . .