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Inside this issue

Finding Balance, by Patti Koning

Mechanical engineer Justin Galbraith likens himself to a Siberian Husky that gets into trouble without enough exercise.

“I’m very driven. I appreciate a challenge, whether it’s pushing myself physically with trail running or intellectually with an intense design review,” he said. “I am constantly testing my boundaries so I can earn my rest and relaxation.”

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Up, up & away, By Anne M. Stark

It started with a pledge to volunteer, driving a golf cart to collect money from various booths. But for Melanee Scarborough and her husband, their volunteering at that year’s Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic escalated into a love of hot air ballooning.

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Lab employee's dream comes true, By Steve Wampler

Even as a toddler, Stefanie Bourque knew exactly what she wanted. She remembers wishing she had a horse when she was as young as four years old, but her mother believes it goes back even further, all the way to when she was only one.

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Blades and beyond, by Ben Kennedy

Growing up in Livermore, Tony Olson knew he wanted to work at the Lab from an early age. To get there, he developed a clear way of making decisions. In high school, he felt lazy — so he joined the Marines, where they could “knock the lazy right out of me.” During his Marine Corps service as an aviation mechanic, he chose the most prestigious detail he could: working on President Obama’s helicopter, Marine One.

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Life in the saddle, By Paul Rhien

LLNL senior facility manager Patsy Gilbert has been riding and showing horses all her life. Today, the Livermore native lives on the ranch where she grew up on and continues to show horses in regional and national competitions. Her current horse, a 10-year-old gelding named Hudson, has even qualified for and participated in world championship shows.

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