Name removal | Janice Weaver wins apple pie honors again – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Janice Weaver of Santa Cruz took first place overall by winning “Best of Show” for the third straight year at the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau’s 45th Annual Apple Bake Contest at the Santa Cruz County Fair.

There were over 40 apple pie entries and winners were selected for each of three categories: Youth, Adult and Masters.

The judges for the Apple Pie contest are different every year. This year’s judges included Dennis Webb, president-elect of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau; Caroline Eiskamp, vice-president, Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust; CJ Miller, Chairman, Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee; and Jennifer Gavin, Director of Pharmacy, Watsonville Community Hospital.

The winners:

• Youth Division: 1. Rosa Taylor, Santa Cruz; 2. Marisa Wood, Watsonville; 3. Keara McNutt, Watsonville.

• Adult Division: 1. Stephanie Hedgpeth, Watsonville; 2.Andrew Kasunich, Royal Oaks; 3. Leslie Acord, Boulder Creek.

• Masters Division: Janice Weaver, Santa Cruz; 2. Rita Hewitt, Watsonville; 3. Tim Verterli, Soquel.

Church to mark 170 years

The First United Methodist Church in Watsonville will celebrate its 170th anniversary on October 22. A church service and luncheon will mark the occasion, according to a statement from the church.

The congregation was established when Reverend DA Dryden held a wedding ceremony on the banks of the Pajaro River in 1852. It was believed to be the first American wedding in the Pajaro Valley. Soon a shrine was built on Main Street. In 1873, a church at Third and Rodriguez streets served members until 1954. The current location of 229 Stanford St. has been used since then. Freedom Community Methodist Church partnered with Watsonville First United Methodist Church in 1998.

The current pastor is Reverend John Song. For more information on the event, 831-724-4434 or visit


Biola de La Mirada University hosted five students from Santa Cruz County this fall.

The students included: Natalie Amador from Scotts Valley, Colette Friedley from Watsonville, Landon Holtzclaw from Aptos, Hannah Kuo from Scotts Valley and Karlie Pryor from Scotts Valley.

• The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its new medical students, including Julio Alejandro Lima Hooven of Watsonville.

Vic Davis retires

Santa Cruz County announced this week the future retirement of executive vice president and chief financial officer Vic Davis.

Vic Davis

Davis will continue in his current position with the bank to support a transition to his successor, according to a bank statement.

With more than 40 years in community banking, Davis began his career at County Bank and Trust in Santa Cruz, where he served as branch operations supervisor and budget manager. For 10 years he was CFO of San Benito Bank at Hollister. During his career, he was also a lead auditor and consultant for Bank Vision Inc.

During his 14 years at Santa Cruz County Bank, Davis managed the bank’s assets and liabilities, securities portfolio, and finance department. Additionally, Davis led the department through the recession, through systems conversions and the merger with Lighthouse Bank and multiple complex equity-related transactions.

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