Etcetera - 02/10/10

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The Little Theatre of Walla Walla lost two dedicated supporters with the deaths of longtime house manager Henry Pope in November 2009 and Bill McCaw on Jan. 2. The theater's January issue of the Informer notes that Henry, a generous, gracious fellow brimming with humor and energy, became active in 1972. He ensured the theater was ready for its audiences and that ushers were scheduled and trained. That included at least 2,800 volunteer assignments and he filled in as needed. He worked in the box office on Saturdays for about 30 years. LTWW's board nominated him for the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce's Award of Merit and he received the national American Association of Community Theater's Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award. "His never-ending commitment to the Theatre, his kindness and his generosity will always be a treasured memory," and item in the Informer noted. And Bill and wife Sarita were longtime members and season ticketholders, the Informer said. They head-ushered every play and attended all productions and potlucks. Sarita reviewed many productions over the years. They stopped ushering about a year ago when Sarita's mobility was compromised. Donations in Bill's memory could be designated to the handicap access fund, which could enable Sarita to continue to attend events at the theater. LTWW is gearing up for its one-act play festival March 5-6, 12-13. Call 509-529-3683 for more details.

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Choosing a winner in his name-the-new muffler-gal contest posed quite the challenge for Mike Hammond's panel of judges over at Melody Muffler.

There were 40 entries, some very clever, he said. Submitted names included Magna Flow, Harmonie, Mimi La Weld, Piper, Melody, Mello Dee, Mela Dee, Sweetie Pipe, Wallalulu, Muffalina, Muffy Lou, and Tin Lissie.

Judges choose Donna Mahan's suggested moniker, Welda, as befitting the newest addition to the muffler family that greets motorists on Ninth Avenue and Chestnut Street.

Donna will select a prize from a variety of choices.

"Some of the other names may be used in the future on other subjects as they are so good," Mike said.

"Much thanks go to everyone who participated and made this such a fun activity."

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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