Etc. - 12/21/09

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The Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation and Sasayama Sister City committees will begin a one-month summer exchange program for students.

The program is open to junior high school students finishing their seventh or eighth grade years in June 2010 or high school ninth grade. It is a direct family exchange. A student from Walla Walla would go to Sasayama and a student from Sasayama to Walla Walla, staying with the opposite family, said Robert Keatts, local committee chairman.

The initial program is scheduled to begin in July 2010. Sending families from Walla Walla must agree to host a student from Sasayama for the duration that their child/student is in Sasayama. This home-stay exchange is an outgrowth of the two-week home-stay program that the two cities have participated in since 1994.

Students would travel to and from their respective cities, stay with the host family, sightsee and participate in family and community activities. Students selected will be required to attend a series of meetings with one or both parents, to learn basic language skills, instruction on culture and customs, and an overview of the history of Sasayama and surrounding area.

An informational meeting for parents and students wanting to learn more about the program will be 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Garden Center in Pioneer Park. Call Robert at 525-0049 or e-mail robert_wwscc@yahoo.com for more details.

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Staffers with Regency at the Park on Myra Road gathered 1,310 pounds of food for distribution through Salvation Army in Walla Walla and the Ministerial Association in Milton-Freewater. Since Regency has employees from both towns, they decided to donate half of their bounty to each for Christmas baskets this year, said Kate Moon, admissions coordinator at Regency. The baskets will be delivered Monday Dec. 21

They beat their 1,200-pound goal for non-perishable food. The bonus is that Jerry Cutler, interim administrator, had to dress in purple togs, like a University of Washington Husky. "And Jerry loves the Washington State University Cougs," Kate said.

Their canned food drive ran between Dec. 1-14. Staffers donated 500 pounds alone in one day.

"We are really proud of the staff and this accomplishment. It shows the generosity of the staff to help those in need," Kate added.

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Several area students made the scholastic honor roll fall term at Oregon State University in Corvallis:

The honor roll includes the following:

Athena: straight-A average, Jordan M. Alford, junior, human development and family science; 3.5 or better, Alyx N. Johnson, freshman, English. Echo: 3.5 or better, Cierra J. Eby, junior, civil engineering.

Helix: straight-A average, Anthony J. Spratling, senior, construction engineering management.

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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