Etcetera - 02/15/10

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The Women's Memorial Golf Club will start its season March 3.

All interested women are encouraged to contact Doug Newman in the Veterans Memorial Golf Course pro shop at 527-4507 for details.

Nick Wellington-Buttice's family observed the "year of nice" in 2009. This year's family theme is the "year of thinking lean," or what can they do without.

So with Nick's 10th birthday looming large, he decided to invite his guests to bring something for the creatures at the Blue Mountain Humane Society instead of presents for himself.

After all, he doesn't need more stuff, his mom, Kristi Wellington-Baker added.

On Feb. 10, Nick donated the treats and dog and cat food he received at his party to the Humane Society at 7 E. George St.

Nick was inspired to make this selfless gesture because his sister, Anne Baker, did the same thing the year before. "He loves animals and helping the Humane Society just fit in," Kristi added.

Kristi said their family encourages giving excess items such as toys they're not using to charitable organizations so others can enjoy them, "making sure you're not just going along acquiring things."

A fourth grader at Prospect Point Elementary School, Nick is the stepson of Forrest Baker, son of Chris Buttice and stepson of Dodie Buttice. Both families live in Walla Walla.

For more about the Humane Society, call 509-525-2452 or online see adoptions@bluemountainhumane.org .

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Two students from Walla Walla were named to Western Washington University's honor roll: Timothy Duffy; and Kaylee Knowles, who earned a 4.0 gpa. To qualify, students must complete at least 14 graded credit hours during a quarter and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

And Joseph Drake earned a bachelor's degree from WWU in Bellingham.

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Middle school music students performed for retired educators during the Walla Walla/Columbia County Retired Educators monthly luncheon Feb. 8 in the Walla Walla School District Office board room.

Pioneer Middle School students Brelynn Hess, Kurt Funk, Kaitlyn Calhoun, Emily Prull and Garrison Middle School's Kiana Molitor and Addily Dyer performed under the direction of music teacher Mike Jones.

Brelyn said she enjoys sharing her music with others because it make them happy.

She added that music also helps students do better in school and develop friendships.

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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