Area resident Lorna Elaine Lindsay Curry heralded her first 100 years with a birthday celebration spent with friends and family, including dear friends Warner and Hilda McClure of College Place, and nephews Bill Crary of Dane, Wis., and Bert and Kitty Crary of Madison, Wis.
Born Oct. 22, 1909, in Chamberlain, S.D., to Dr. William and Bertha Lindsay, she grew up in Madison with her sister, Ardith Eileen Lindsay Crary.
Lorna’s great-aunt, Dr. Kate Lindsay, became the first female Seventh-day Adventist doctor. Kate graduated with a medical degree in 1875 from the University of Michigan.
Lorna worked in food service at Bethel Academy in Arpin, Wis., and Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, Minn. On June 22, 1938, she and Glenn Wood Curry wed in the garden of her childhood home in Madison.
They co-managed a book bindery at Maplewood Academy and later at Wisconsin Academy for 22 years. They retired in the 1970s. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister.
She moved to College Place in 1997 with Warner and Hilda and lived in their home from 12 years.
The Walla Walla High School FFA Tractor Driving team won the state competition in Puyallup, according to the Walla Walla School District’s newsletter Week In Review.
State title team members are: Levi Swenson, a junior who also placed first as an individual; Drew Swenson, a sophomore who also placed second as an individual; and Austin Leber, sophomore.
Wa-Hi also fielded the first all-girl tractor driving team, which placed in the Top 10: Nicole Smith, junior; and Audrey Smith and Natalie Crum, seniors.
"They also did very well at the competition," FFA Advisor Lindsey Butcher said. "It was nice to see girls being involved in a contest that is dominated by boys, not to mention they beat over half of them."
The two-part competition includes a knowledge test with 50 questions about tractor safety and operation. The second part is a skill drive wherein students drive a tractor attached to a 6-foot trailer that’s maneuvered through an obstacle course in reverse, then forward.
Contestants are timed and must complete the course without hitting cones while driving in a safe manner and in under two minutes and 30 seconds.
"The (boys’) team spent many hours practicing for the drive and studying for the test," Lindsey said. "They were the only team with two perfect drives and all three boys received 100 percent on the knowledge test. I am very proud of them as their hard work has paid off."
While some have left their hearts in San Francisco, Walla Walla High School English teacher Lori Dohe took a different tack by bidding her appendix adieu in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Lori was one of 423 advanced placement English teachers who joined forces with college faculty who teach in the same discipline to score 338,190 AP exams in Daytona Beach.
She received a letter of appreciation from Trevor Packer, vice president of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, for her significant contributions during the 2009 AP Reading.
"The careful evaluation of students’ work by highly qualified professionals is one of the most important aspects of the AP program," he said.
Lori was able to score just a portion of the time because of the unexpected medical emergency.
"I only managed to score for three of the eight days due to an attack of appendicitis," Dohe said. "I left my appendix in Daytona Beach."
Half a dozen high school students returned Oct. 19 from a 12-day home stay with folks in Walla Walla’s sister city Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan.
Zack Brown of Waitsburg High School, and Mack Neavor, Angelica Garza, Chantell Lopez, Maeve Duffy and Amanda Hamilton, all of Walla Walla High School, left for Sasayama on Oct. 7. Robert Keatts, Reggie Gonzales and Barbara and Keith Noel accompanied the students.
The group visited Sasayama Mayor Asahi Sakai. They attended a pottery project at Tanba-yaki Pottery Park; participated in a class with students at Homei High School; participated in a tie-dying project at Sasayama Mori Forest Park; visited Fukusumi Elementary School and participated in class activities and went sightseeing at Sasayama castle and museums in the area.
Students and adult chaperones assisted in harvesting edamame at a cooperative farm near Sasayama. During the harvest they learned about Japanese agricultural methods of farming, said Robert Keatts.
Edamame in Sasayama are known for their large size and superior taste, compared to edamame harvested in other areas of Japan.
"It would be similar in comparing Walla Walla Sweet Onions with Georgia’s Vidalia Onions," Robert noted.
During the annual food festival in Sasayama, Robert Keatts assisted Sasayama city officials with the introduction and sale of Walla Walla wine.
The event has been two years in the making and was declared a success by Sasayama Sister City Chairman S. Hata. Four varietals from Walla Walla wineries were available for purchase.
As part of the 400th anniversary celebration of the Sasayama Castle Oshoin a display of Walla Walla event posters and an art exhibit with work by Walla Walla artist Diane Schmidt was presented at the Sasayama Community Center.
Attendees could vote on their favorite artwork by Diane, which turned out to be "A Time to Keep." It was presented to Mayor Sakai at the goodbye party as a gift from the Walla Walla-Sasayama Affiliation Committee.
Students also participated in host family activities and visited Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and/or Himije Castle along with various other activities.
A highlight was the Kasuga Shrine Festival, which has a 500-year history. Eight Taikomikoshi portable shrines and seven parade vehicles dating back 400 years provided color and excitement, Robert said.
On behalf of the city of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee, Robert presented Mayor Sakai with a city of Walla Walla flag and a plaque commemorating the citizens of Sasayama in recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Sasayama Castle Oshoin Site.
Adults and students interested in participating in the October 2010 Home Stay are encouraged to contact Robert, committee chairman, for more information at 525-0049 or e-mail email@example.com .
Former and current members of the U.S. Marine Corps, their spouses, significant others, adult friends and family members are encouraged to attend a local celebration of the Corps’ 234th birthday anniversary party Nov. 7 at the Walla Walla Elks Lodge. Reservations should be made prior to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 by calling the Lodge at 525-2870 for reservations.
A social hour will begin at noon with a cash bar and the luncheon buffet will begin at 1 p.m. A cake-cutting ceremony, replete with sword, will follow the meal.
The cost is $12 per person, payable at the door. Call Al Torretta at 525-3277 for more details.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Alpha Beta Chapter members will hold a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 S. Roosevelt St., in the Fireside Room. Baked goods and more will be featured in the event. All proceeds will benefit such philanthropic projects as Multiple Sclerosis, Easter Seals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Refreshments will be provided.
Milton-Freewater Rotary members raised $2,125 for their scholarship fund, according to member Robby Robbins. Fellow member Chris Burlingame reported on Oct. 27 that the group’s success came from their Chair-ity Auction held during the recent Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest event.
"Chris, Debbie Lee and Cindy Granger worked so hard to make it a success," Robby said.
Rotarian Mike Swinnerton said that the group’s annual Christmas wreath project is underway. More details will follow soon.
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