Etc. - 11/03/09

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Walla Wallan Cindy Godard-Gross said via e-mail that folks have bemoaned the demise of the local dog e-mail list. As it takes several steps to get to existing dog information Web sites, they don’t bother.

And there’s been confusion about whether or not there is a Walla Walla Dog Park Committee anymore.

If that’s the case, how are dog owners supposed to communicate with Walla Walla Parks and Recreation about concerns?

Taking the initiative, Cindy received the OK from Judy Treman, her dog go-to person, about setting up a listserv for local dog people.

Now folks can go to the site, set their notifications for individual e-mails and a digest, or read online.

Cindy added that if someone has a server and is willing to do L-Soft, the group could transfer to that in the future.

No one "owns" the group, she said. Anyone can post, and no one is the expert. Detailed headings on messages are encouraged so people can skip posts that don’t interest them.

Those interested can sign on and start posting at groups.yahoo.com/group/wwdog/members .

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Jillian DeBritz, Walla Walla High School ASB advisor, on Oct. 20 told school board members about the Big Blue Weekend event Nov. 20-22 in Antelope, Ore.

Jillian said 300 students are expected to attend the event, which focuses on building relationships, improving the school climate, opening lines of communication and allowing students to have fun. The cost is $60 per student.

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Boy Scout Troop 305 members met a while back with Skip Robinson, Walla Walla Amateur Radio Club (w7pd) president, to review what the needs would be to operate a remote station. Members of Troop 305 and w7pd hosted the 52nd Jamboree-on-the-Air on Sept. 14 as well as the 13th Jamboree-on-the-Internet on Oct. 16-18 in Walla Walla.

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they can attend a World Jamboree. But each year, more than 400,000 Scouts and Guides worldwide get together over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air.

Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years.

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