Etcetera - 12/16/09

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The defending state champion DeSales Knowledge Bowl team on Dec. 7 won an 18-team invitational meet of schools ranging from B to 4A.

Victory came to team members Trevor Dobbins, Claire Elmenhurst, Breanna Jaspersen and Chris Xie, seniors, and Peter Vander Griend, captain, and Kincaid Schmitz, both juniors, who had the highest written test score and won all three oral rounds.

Coached by Kathy Ruthven, they competed against teams from Chiawana, Clarkston, Connell, Columbia Burbank, Dayton, Hanford, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, Pasco, Pomeroy, Prescott, Prosser, Richland, Southridge, Waitsburg and Walla Walla.

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The Walla Walla Public Library is sporting some new equipment for patrons through its partnership with Friends of the Walla Walla Public Library.

The Friends purchased new chairs for the library's 16 Internet workstations; new computer screens; and a new shelving unit to hold more movies and music CDs.

Martha Van Pelt, library director, added that new, comfy lounge furniture was also purchased for the adults' magazine section and teen reading area.

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Wheatland Village residents and staff donated more than 431 pounds of food to Blue Mountain Action Council, said Mary Wollmuth, Wheatland Village marketing director.

Cindy Dickson, business office manager at Wheatland Village, loaded her truck and hauled the donated food items to BMAC.

"It was such a great team effort between residents and staff," Cindy said.

"Participation in the food drive was beyond what we had anticipated, everyone came together for a great cause," said Don Wagner, Wheatland Village's executive director.

The retirement community is just east of Walla Walla General Hospital at 1500 Catherine St.

juniors It offers 130 independent retirement and 54 assisted living apartments.

It first opened to residents in February 2004. Call Mary at 527-9600 for more details about the village.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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