Thumbs up to the Jack A. Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awarded 69 scholarships, totaling more than $100,000, to local students to continue their higher education for the coming academic year. The foundation was established by John C. Harris and friends in 1981 after the death of Jack, founder of Harris Farms. Some 1,200 scholarships have been awarded over the past 33 years. This year's awards, the highest ever, range from $500 to $5,000 and go to students from Coalinga, Lemoore, Riverdale, Five Points, Fresno, Hanford, Clovis, Huron, Sanger and other Valley communities.
Thumbs up to North Fork native and Fresno State graduate Jill Nolen for winning 12 medals, including nine golds, in swimming and track and field at the Transplant Games in Houston two weeks ago. Nolen underwent two liver transplants as a baby. Her accomplishments should inspire transplant recipients and anyone else battling adversity.
Thumbs up to Fresno contractor Quiring General for its $300,000 gift to help renovate 11 surgical rooms at Community Regional Medical Center. The company, which was started by Ben Quiring in 1947 and is now led by sons Paul and Greg, specializes in construction of health-care institutions.
Thumbs up to Fresno State student Rose Cardoso and others for starting a local chapter of the Food Recovery Network. They have delivered more than 280,000 pounds of food to area nonprofits over the past 12 months. The food is collected from farmers markets and truck vendors after it goes unsold.