Etcetera - 01/18/10

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Patty Shinbo Kajita of College Place has been reading recent Etcetera column items about her late cousin, Boy Scout hero Bennie Shinbo, with great interest.

But I fear an eyebrow lifted when she scanned the details about her aunt and uncle, Bennie's parents.

Information used from newspaper articles at the time of Bennie's death in 1933 weren't clear about his parents' names, so this item serves as a clarification.

Adam Gallinat, a Life Scout and historian with Boy Scout Troop 305 who collected the details of Bennie's bravery for the troop's scrapbook, plans to update his information, too.

Patty said Takisaku and Yuso Shinbo were brothers and partners of the Curio Shop on First Avenue, where Aloha Sushi is now located. They were also partners in the Imperial Café, which was on Main Street and now serves as the parking for Bank of America.

Bennie and sister Maxine's parents were Takisaku and Toki Shinbo and Patty's parents were Yuso and Tomiko Shinbo.

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Residents of Melrose Oxford House, 574 Ash St., Walla Walla, will host a Mexican fiesta on Saturday Jan. 23. They're raising funds to help support their community, said member Travis Wilford.

They want to let other recovering alcoholics and drug addicts know that there is affordable, supportive housing, a new way of life and to be productive members of society.

Melrose House provides clean and sober living in a nice neighborhood, Travis said.

Residents hope to see many join them for excellent cuisine, featuring Mexican soup, fajitas, tamales, tacos and a vegetarian menu from noon-5 p.m. Donations will be accepted. For more details, contact Travis at 509-200-9318 or at the house, 509-876-2921.

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Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., honored Peter and Sarah Wostenberg, who are among students who have distinguished themselves academically during the semester that ended Dec. 15.

The Walla Wallans are included on the dean's list.

On Jan. 15, the Walla Walla High School Social Studies Department worked with students during class to observe Temperance and Good Citizenship Day and reflect upon Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, work and impact on others, according to the Jan 15 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

Michelle Higgins, Wa-Hi Social Studies Department chairwoman, said it's a great opportunity to connect with students and help them to understand King's importance and to further develop good citizens.

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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