Etcetera - 01/27/10

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The Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce reports that a little piece of Milton history is for sale on eBay for a starting bid of 49.99 pounds, or $81 U.S. with $23 shipping.

The Milton Eagle newspaper's masthead is being auctioned off on eBay. Go to eBay at www.ebay.com and in the search window type in Printing

Block "Milton Eagle" Newspaper Masthead, which takes you to the auction site.

Images of the item can be viewed there until the bidding deadline Friday.

The antique printing block comes from the seller's late grandfather's estate.

It is the masthead used for the Milton Eagle newspaper, published from 1887-1951 in Milton, Umatilla County.

"This is a real piece of printing history," the comment notes.

It has the words "MILTON EAGLE" surrounded by a country scene with engraved fruits and harvest-type images.

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Helpline has been witness to many generous gifts recently, despite the challenges of a depressed economy.

In the winter 2010 Link to Helpline newsletter, Executive Director Daniel J. Willms reported that Walla Walla Quilters Guild members provided colorful, warm quilts for the beds at the agency's STEP Women's Shelter.

Coldwell Baker First Realtors gave STEP a cash gift of $2,600 and are focusing their donation program this year on the shelter.

A cash gift of $4,000 came in from St. Paul's Episcopal Church through its local outreach program.

On several occasions, Daniel said Crown Paper amp; Janitorial Supply has provided cleaning supplies.

Clothing, blankets, hygiene items and cash donations continue to come in via members of Walla Walla Valley Soroptomists International.

Daniel said it only costs $15 to provide a bed and a safe, warm night to a homeless woman at STEP's 18-bed capacity shelter.

It's $30 for two nights, $45 for three nights and $150 for 10 nights.

More details are available by calling 529-3377, writing to P.O. Box 776, in Walla Walla, 99362, or online see www.helplineww.org.

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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