Walla Walla Wagonettes top entry in Macy's Parade of Lights

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A horseback-riding drill team took the grand prize at last weekend's 2010 Macy's Parade of Lights.

The Walla Walla Wagonettes were the top winners of the 15th annual parade last Saturday.

An estimated 3,500 spectators lined the streets of downtown Walla Walla for a glimpse of 62 entries -- from horses and tumblers to full-fledged floats and Fair royalty, according to an announcement from the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.

With help from volunteers from Whitman College and the community, the city's police and streets departments and an amateur radio emergency services team organized by Heidi Hoffer, the parade went on without a hitch. As always, the event was emceed by local broadcaster Jim Bock.

Eight trophies were presented to participants. Other winners of the night: Skybound Tumbling, Best Entry K-8; Lincoln Alternative High School, Best High School Entry; Phi Beta Lambda, Best Collegiate Entry; City Church, Best Religious Entry; Costume Creations, Best Commercial Entry; J.U.G.S. (Just Us Girls Sharing), Best Civic/Neighborhood Entry; Port of Walla Walla/Walla Walla Regional Airport, Mayor's Choice.

A good year for farmer-owned cooperative Northwest Grain Growers Inc. means a healthy donation for Walla Walla Valley charities.

The board of directors for the Walla Walla-based cooperative recently voted to donate $75,000 of the organization's profits to charities and colleges that help work with the local farming community, according to an announcement Tuesday. The board allocated $10,000 to Washington State University's Wheat Breeding Program; $10,000 to Oregon State University's Wheat Breeding Program; and $5,000 to Walla Walla Community College for its farm safety program.

The allocations were determined by a committee appointed by the board to review applications from various charities. The remaining $50,000 has been designated for Blue Mountain Action Council, Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, Children's Home Society of Walla Walla, Christian Aid Center, Helpline, The Cardinal's Nest of Waitsburg, Walla Walla Council of Campfire USA, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Lillie Rice Center, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the YWCA.

A couple of Walla Walla siblings will be showcasing their hand-crafted wares this weekend at Birch Street salon Jabamo Capelli.

"Sister-Act Jewelry" will feature its Holiday Show over the next two days.

Sisters Rosalie Lesko and Karla Kizer design their individual pieces under the Sister-Act name. The Holiday Show is hosted by Lesko's salon, 120 E. Birch St., suite 1. Jewelry and hand-painted Santas will be part of the selection.

The show runs 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Jewelry will also be displayed during salon hours through Christmas. For more information, call 525-1330.

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

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