DAR honors three for community contributions

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The Daughters of the American Revolution organization recently honored three citizens for contributions to the community. Mary Beth Watson presented the DAR Excellence in Community Service Award to Martha Riley of Roseville. Roseville's third library, which was recently completed, is named the Martha Riley Community Library, in honor of Riley. Since its creation in 1909, the Conservation Committee of the DAR has continued to recognize outstanding conservationists. Annie White presented the 2008 award to Lani Houck. As manager for the Roseville shade tree program, Houck has used her education and experience as an arborist she teaches people how to use trees to provide shade and how to plant and nurture them. Since 2001, the program has provided more than 8,000 trees to more than 2,000 locations-schools, businesses, homes and churches. In addition, each year DAR members solicit recommendations for the Outstanding Teacher of American History award. The 2008 award was presented to Oakmont High School history teacher, Jeff Draper. Draper has brought history alive to his students through power point lectures, videos and audio clips. Besides teaching, Draper serves as a football coach for Oakmont. He has worked with many students in sports, but said his true passion is and always will be education. For information about the Gold Trail DAR go to