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    Through bees, Orinda man reaches out to others

    Orinda man's passion for bees gets people buzzing 
    Longtime volunteer makes his mark at East Contra Costa Historical Society
    Still hardworking at 75 years old, Norm Ruddick, of Knightsen, has volunteered at the East Contra Costa County Historical Society for somewhere between 15 and 20 years and restored several historic pieces.  

    Oakland youth dance program celebrates 20 years
    Dimension Dance Theater's Rite of Passage program teaches kids life lessons through dance. 

    Hometown Hero: Doug Schuster founded Concord Police Department's neighborhood patrol program
    CONCORD -- Doug Schuster stumbled into a career in law enforcement in the military and found the work so rewarding that he has spent nearly 20 years and thousands of hours volunteering with the Concord Police Department. 

    Celebrating the people in the Bay Area who make a difference in the communities

      Hometown Heroes celebrates people in the Bay Area who make a difference in their communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the Hometown Heroes feature aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and key causes in the area and create a spirit of giving.

      Read about a new Hometown Hero every other Monday and watch the program on Comcast On Demand at Channel One-Bay On Demand-Hometown Heroes.

    (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star)
    A feral cat who came to stay

    Reader recounts her experience with a stray cat that showed up and made herself at home 13 years ago. Advice from an expert has helped her keep the cat healthy all these years.