Etc. - 12/22/09

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Recipients of holiday messages from Jim and Margaret Buchan may notice the Hawaiian postmark. The Walla Walla couple vacationed on Oahu during our local, bitterly cold stretch in mid-month. By all accounts, they had a lovely time and Jim said he got to run every day along ocean beaches.

They also became experts in getting to the Alamo car rental office. Trying to work the kinks out of a seemingly faulty GPS device, a misplaced camera and various other reasons, they returned at least four times to the business. They didn't even need to use the GPS after the first few trips, Jim said.

And one time, they used the GPS to drive to a Costco. The GPS led them on a wild ride all the way into a cemetery, at which point the GPS announced they had reached their destination. All I can say is, Mele Kalikimaka, Hawaiian for Merry Christmas.

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Merriam-Webster, (m-w.com online), defines the term "enlightened" as an adjective that dates back to 1652. It means to be freed from ignorance and misinformation.

Milton-Freewater School District third- and fifth-graders could consider themselves en route to enlightenment as the recipients of brand new dictionaries.

They received the tomes on Dec. 1, courtesy of the Dictionary Project and the Milton-Freewater Republican Women's Club.

MFRWC organized the effort in Milton-Freewater and with other local organizations raised proceeds to buy the dictionaries, said member Sandy Marlatt.

The Dictionary Project started in 1992 in Savannah, Ga., when Annie Plummer noticed children in her town didn't have dictionaries, said MFRWC Chairwoman Ann Jolly.

Annie Plummer spent $50 out of her own pocket to purchase dictionaries for these students, and started the Dictionary Project.

Annie died in 1999, but the Dictionary Project continues throughout the nation through the efforts of organizations such as MFRWC.

Third graders received a copy of "The Best Dictionary for Students," which is written and laid out in a more simplistic style. Fifth graders received a copy of "A Student's Dictionary," which includes a special reference section in the back. In addition, 50 Milton-Freewater Adventist School students will receive dictionaries, as will third- and fifth-grade students in the Athena-Weston School District, Sandy said.

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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