Kyle VanderMaiden of the Ronald G. Beck Agency in Mendon was awarded a certificate for successfully completing a Pekin Insurance Personal Lines for the Rookie Agent. He attended the educational conference Aug. 2 and 3 at Pekin Insurance's Home Office in Pekin.
Pfc Thomas C. Cruse of Sioux Falls, S.D., graduated from Basic Combat Infantry Training Aug. 17 at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He was the honor graduate for B Co., 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment. He received a meritorious promotion from PV2 to PFC as the honor graduate. Cruse is the son of Jason and Laura Cruse of Sioux Falls. His grandparents are Fred and Nancy Cruse of Hannibal, Mo.
Steve Scherer, an animal control officer, has been named September Employee of the Month by the Quincy Police Department. Scherer was hired in 1980. On 2003 he joined the Quincy Police Department as an animal control officer. He has completed both Levels 1 and 2 of the National Animal Control Association Training Academy. In his job, Scherer investigates reports of animal abuse and neglect, animals running at large, enforcing ordinances pertaining to domestic animals, and responds to dangerous animals both domesticated and wild.
Susan Scholz, director of Volunteer Services at Blessing Hospital, has retired after 11 years of service. Scholz led a team of more than 700 active volunteers who donated nearly 62,000 hours of work to Blessing Hospital and its patients in 2016. Before working at Blessing, Scholz worked for Quincy Health Care Management for eight years and United Healthcare for two years. She was a member of the state board of the Illinois Hospital Association's Administrators of Volunteers Services Resource Group. She has a degree from Culver-Stockton College. Scholz co-owns Golden Bridges Inc.