Etcetera - 01/07/10

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Alice Thomsen, Cathe Kujawski and Vern Holtzclaw are interested in starting a new chapter of Disabled American Veterans.

It would be located in Milton-Freewater and encompass Pendleton to Walla Walla and surrounding areas.

They're looking at a noon Saturday potluck meeting in January.

For more information, call Cathe at 509-386-7876, Vern at 509-386-3942; or Alice at 541-938-6888.

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Members of the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge recently shipped 31 care packages to local troops and other servicepeople stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A whole lot of candy, magazines, homebaked cookies, jerky and other items went into the boxes, which were bought by the lodge or donated by community members.

Local children also created colored placements for inclusion. Another shipment will be sent in February.

For more details, call the lodge at 938-3633.

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Two area students graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., during Dec. 20 fall commencement ceremonies.

Altogether, 111 candidates for degrees were presented at the event in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

There were 22 candidates for bachelor's degrees from the McMinnville campus, 53 from the Portland campus and 36 from the Division of Continuing Education.

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Ricardo Sandoval Gonzalez of Walla Walla earned a bachelor of science in social and behavioral sciences. Darcy Ellen Thompson of Weston earned a bachelor of arts in mass communication.

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The McLoughlin High School Associated Student Body in Milton-Freewater collected enough food to fill 15 large boxes that benefited the annual Christmas Baskets program sponsored by Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge.

Mac-Hi industrial arts class students also handcrafted wooden toys to donate to the cause.

Their instructor is James Polson.

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It's been nearly a year since Nels Hadden sustained critical injuries when he was struck by an automobile while helping out at a crash scene on Interstate 84 near the John Day River.

He's been undergoing rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., and is due to come home in February, according to colleague Sheila Hagar.

Nels, 46 at the time, was assisting another driver who had slid on black ice when yet another vehicle lost control and struck Nels. He "sustained severe injuries and was transported to a Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for treatment," according to an item online.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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