Chamber seeks award nominees

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Man and Woman of the Year.

Winners will be feted -- along with an array of other volunteers -- at the 128th annual Awards Banquet in November. The event will celebrate "Treasures of the Valley," the dedicated people who've given their time to service to the community.

Award recipients of the Chamber's biggest honor of the night must have spent a minimum of 15 years actively working on community service with a significant contribution toward improving the quality of life for others in the community, according to an announcement.

Susan Hall, the Chamber's vice president of operations, said this year's banquet at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, will be a little different with more emphasis on the awards and presentation. To nominate a volunteer, download a nomination form at www.wwvchamber.com or call 525-0850.

Businesses interested in reserving a table are also encouraged to do so by calling the Chamber office or e-mailing Hall at: shall@wwvchamber.com .

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Whitman College has reportedly been warning local businesses about a T-shirt scam. A group purportedly working with a "local college" has been contacting businesses with the hopes of selling advertisements that will be printed on a T-shirt.

The shirts are said to be given to first-year students of the school. But the delivery from the company includes just a couple of boxes of T-shirts minus the company names and logos. Some business names are on the back with a saying on the front, according to an announcement from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The organization circulated the warning through its Valley Business News section to let businesses know the solicitation may not be all it appears.

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Waterbrook Winery's sprawling grounds off U.S. Highway 12, will be the setting of musical collaboration next week.

The winery is pairing with the Mid-Columbia Symphony to offer "Un-Strung: An Evening of Unfettered Music, Food amp; Wine." Maestro Nicholas L. Wallin will lead 25 of the area's top classical musicians in performances on the winery's grounds -- from the patio to the lawn and beyond.

Featured artists include members of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. General admission tickets for the event at 10518 W. U.S. Highway 12 are $50 with discounts for Waterbrook Wine club members, Mid-Columbia and Walla Walla Symphony season-ticket holders. For information and tickets, call 522-1262 or e-mail: info@waterbrook.com .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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