Etcetera - 01/20/10

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Blue Mountain Partners, Habitat for Humanity's local affiliate, is currently in the process of building its 11th home project in Walla Walla, said Justine Taylor.

BMP has completed 10 homes here since 1991. The first was constructed in Waitsburg, followed by seven in Walla Walla and two in College Place

The homes are built by Habitat families and many community volunteers, along with labor, materials and financial donations, all under the supervision of construction coordinator Gary Henderson. Gordon Smith is board president. Those who wish to volunteer may contact Gary at 520-5000. BMP is currently accepting applications for homeownership for its 12th home. Interested families may call Justine at 525-5740.

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Six area residents are among the graduates from Eastern Oregon University for the 2008-09 academic year. The following students earned bachelor's degrees: Joey Humble, multidisciplinary studies, Susan Sheoships, liberal studies, Tia Amundson, anthropology/sociology, all of Adams,; Rachael Olson, multidisciplinary studies, summa cum laude, Athena; Lori Carambot, Milton Freewater, business administration, summa cum laude; Tasha Humbert, Walla Walla, liberal studies.

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Each year the Senior Round Table nutrition program honors an outstanding individual or group donor. Honorees' names are inscribed on a plaque displayed in the dining room at The Center at the Park, said Howard Ostby, program director.

It was started in 2008 with a gift from Ray Hallett in memory of his father, Fred Hallett. For 2009, Bill Boone, his son Dave and grandson Brady were named Outstanding Donors.

They donated generously financially and with their time to secure the wild Alaskan salmon for the program's salmon fundraiser dinner each year, Howard said.

"In the past six years of salmon dinners, Dave has caught nearly one ton for us and Bill, with the assistance of Dave, and Brady, have paid for air and truck shipping from the icy waters of Alaska to our plates. Our hats are off to Bill and his family who, because of their generosity, have helped raise thousands of dollars to support the meals on wheels and congregate meals to needy senior citizens here in the region."

Tax deductable donations may be made to the Senior Round Table nutrition program by contacting Howard at 527-3775 or e-mail ostby@bmi.net . The program has served home-delivered Meals-on-Wheels and meals in congregate settings to senior citizens in Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties of Southeastern Washington for more than 30 years.

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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