Research pays off with CD collection of 1,400 vintage photos

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Joe Drazan and wife Deanna Greene Drazan spent many research hours at the Garfield County Museum to produce a CD of historic Pomeroy that features 1,400 vintage images.

The Walla Wallans have made many trips to Pomeroy since 1970, Joe said. After all, it’s Deanna’s hometown. The disc is dedicated in memory of her parents, Bill and Helen Greene and their son, Billy E. Greene, who died in 2006. Bill died in 1988 and Helen in 2008.

"In the last few years, I took to sifting through the Museum’s archive and photo collection with the staff there," Joe said.

Nearly everything on the disc is from the Museum, including 400 photos and 200 vintage ads, among other images. Joe also dug into old Pomeroy High School yearbooks from 1925-1975 for 700 photo selections.

"They are a huge source, plus other pamphlets, phone books and memorabilia. Walla Walla’s defunct Up-to-the-Times magazine offered a lot and was one of Joe’s favorite resources.

Plenty of time goes into such an effort, Joe said. "Probably six or eight visits, times 3 hours each, times all the computer hours it took to edit the pictures.

Copies of the Historic Pomeroy CD are available from Garfield County Historical Association for $20, including postage. CDs will be sold June 13 on Pioneer Day and during Museum visitor hours, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Contact Muriel Bott at 509-843-3766, or Marily Myers at 509-843-5192, or send mail order requests to Garfield County Historical Association, Box 261, Pomeroy WA 99347. All proceeds from sales benefit the Garfield County Museum.

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For a century, Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America’s youths, said Dave Rudie.

    The local BSA office would like former Scouts, and all those positively impacted by Scouting, to reconnect. That includes family members of Scouts, volunteers, community leaders, and the tens of millions of Americans who benefit from Scouting every day.

    In 2010 the organization marks its centennial.

    Chief Scout executive Bob Mazzuca said, "With every element of this important milestone, we’re committed to inspiring, engaging and empowering our entire Scouting community. Our alumni are a big part of that."

    Scouting alumni and friends are encouraged to come back, make a new connection and take an active role in Scouting again. By reconnecting, you will be invited to participate in local anniversary events and activities.

    Visit Adventure Base 100, BSA’s traveling interactive campus and Scouting museum coming to Seattle this summer. In July, experience the 2010 National Jamboree, in person or online. You can even earn five award ribbons for the 100th Anniversary commemorative patch.

    The Pioneer District has exciting things in store for the year-long celebration, including a food drive kick off birthday celebration from 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Land Title Plaza, First Avenue and Main Street. Attendees are asked to bring a can of food, enjoy a piece of birthday cake and learn more about Scouting, past and present.

    The annual "Scouting For Food" drive will be Feb. 13 at participating grocery stores. Banner Bank will host collection bins in each branch lobby beginning Feb. 8. The goal is to collect 100 pounds of food for every scout involved in local scouting.

    An alumni event is in the planning stages for late spring in Walla Walla.

    "While the commitment to our Scouting alumni starts now, it will continue long past our 2010 anniversary," said Bill Steele, BSA director of alumni relations. "This is an opportunity for people whose lives have been positively impacted by Scouting to demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the next generation."

    They believe Scouting trains boys and young men to be good citizens and leaders by building character, reinforcing spirituality and emphasizing the importance of family.

    If Scouting helped shape your life, reconnect. Online, see www.BSAalumni.org or call the BSA local office at (509) 525-7578 to take part.

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    Fort Walla Walla Museum’s 43rd season is nearly upon us and organizers are seeking volunteers.

      "We’re proud to be the community’s museum," says Operations Manager/Volunteer Coordinator Don Locati.

      "For many of our visitors, meeting one of our volunteers marks their first impression of the community. Because of that, we greatly appreciate the many folks who give their time to help make our mission a success."

      As the Museum looks forward to a season of service to the community from its location in Fort Walla Walla Park, the need for volunteers continues to grow as the Museum’s outreach expands.

      Don has a regular need for gift store clerks, tour docents, building attendants, office help, gardeners, data entry and golf cart drivers, but new programs this year require additional people.

      The Museum is instituting a new "Tales o’ the Trail" children’s reading circle, in which volunteers will read aloud from books of regional historic interest to kids ages 4-9. Readers will participate for about 30 minutes on the second and fourth Sundays during each month of the Museum’s visitation season.

      The "Blooming Artists" series will host the work of regional high school artists on successive weekends from April 24 -May 31. Each school will display current western-themed art by its students in a juried show. Students will serve as exhibit attendants on the weekends their work is displayed. The Museum is seeking qualified individuals to serve as judges for each school’s show.

      Fort Walla Walla Museum Living History Company needs more participants. A wealth of 19th century individuals currently go unrepresented, including roles for men, women and children. An organization meeting will be 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Museum’s new Entrance Building & Exhibit Galleries conference room, 755 Myra Road. Those interested in portraying real people from Walla Walla’s past, 1805 through 1945, are encouraged to attend. Costumes not required for this meeting. Light refreshments available.

      Musicians interested in playing 19th century popular music with the Museum’s own Oregon Trail Band are also encouraged to step forward.

      A general meeting for new and returning volunteers will be 10 a.m. March 24 at the Grand Hall in the new Entrance Building.

      "We have a new building, new exhibits, new programs and just a whole lot going on. Even our Museum Store is new, with nearly four times the room of our former space. There’s always something going on at the Museum and this is a great way for people to participate," said Don.

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      On Wednesday, about 30 Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members, spouses and guests attended a potluck dinner at Blue Mountain Cider for Rotary youth exchange student Elena Pinna’s family, who came to visit her Tuesday-Thursday from Thiesi, Sardinia, Italy.

        After dinner, Rotary President Larry Widner presented them with T-shirts from the Muddy Frogwater Festival and many other souvenirs from the area.

        Andrea Pinna, Elena’s father, introduced wife Teresa and oldest daughter, Mariella. Elena introduced her host parents, Tim and Jennifer Smith of Milton-Freewater. Andrea spoke about Sardinia and his company, which produces about 40 percent of the world’s Romano cheese. On Thursday, Roy and Marilyn McBride hosted the Pinnas for a tour of the area before they left for home Friday morning.

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        The Walla Walla Heat fifth-grade boy’s basketball team went undefeated over the Jan. 15-17 weekend at the Pendleton "Clash at the Border" basketball tournament.

          They faced teams from Boise, Hermiston, La Grande, Kennewick and Pasco, garnered a first-place medallion and are 13-0 for their last three tournament appearances, reported Peggy Needham.

          The team will be in Lewiston the weekend of Jan. 22-24 for the Snake River Shootout.

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          Second-graders in Kim Schneidmiller’s class at Davis Elementary are completing their Accelerated Reader Goals this week. With the conclusion of individual reading goals, Kim will make a donation of $5 for every goal made and/or doubled!

            The money is being given to Heifer International so that an animal can be purchased for a needy family who is on the brink of starvation. The animal empowers hungry families to lift themselves from poverty to self-reliance and a sustainable source of food and income.

            The second-grade students will vote on the animal they want to make a donation to buy, as soon as they add up their total money earned. Reading can make a difference, Kim said.

            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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