Etcetera - 02/16/10

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If you can supply contact information for classmates who attended Walla Walla High School with the Class of 1960, you'll be most appreciated.

Organizers are preparing for the class' 50th reunion Sept. 24-26 and want to locate as many folks as possible.

So far, the plans include a social gathering and buffet on Sept. 24 at Jacobi's; a tour of the refurbished or new construction at Green Park, Sharpstein and Edison Elementary schools, open time for such activities as touring town and wine tasting and then dinner at the Walla Walla Country Club on Sept. 25; and an exit brunch buffet at Jacobi's on Sept. 26.

All those who can help or who have information on classmates are encouraged to call Peggy Jackson at 509-529-9269; Marsha Dummler Mitchell, 509-529-1060 or e-mail revmarcia1@yahoo.com; Beth Ingstad, 509-525-5509; or Linda Owsley Huber at 509-529-5084.

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Still recovering from donating a kidney to his father, Brandon Berg of Burbank managed to continue his studies at Central Washington University and earned high enough marks to make the fall quarter dean's list for academic excellence.

"The faculty and staff at (CWU) take sincere pride in your success. Your dedication to learning and your willingness to expend the effort required in scholarly endeavors are impressive," wrote Kirk Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences, in a congratulatory letter.

The kidney transplant surgery for his father, Ronald, was in August 2009, said Brandon's mother, Kathy Berg.

Then Brandon wiped out while skiing and separated his AC (acromioclavicular joint) from his shoulder.

Brandon dealt with a second surgery in mid-January and is now laid up for 10 weeks with that arm in a brace.

He managed to go his entire life without surgery, he told Kathy -- then wham! two surgeries in six months.

Brandon is a senior at CWU's College of the Sciences and will earn his bachelor's in criminal justice this spring.

He intends to go on for a master's in social work next, Kathy said.

Brandon is an alum of Columbia Burbank High School.

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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