Etcetera - 07/02/10

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Since January, Walla Wallan David Smith has walked four newspaper routes for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. Recently, he noticed a customer's paper box laying in the dirt. He knocked on the door to ask if he could reinstall it. The customer answered, upset that David had awakened her.

But when he returned the next day with a screwdriver to tighten the paper box's screws, she apologized for her gruffness. "God bless your heart," she told him. "You saved my life yesterday."

The customer had come home from the doctor the previous afternoon and was falling asleep, David said. She told him she was slipping into a diabetic coma when he knocked and would have gone to sleep and never awakened.

"It's the little things we do and don't realize the impact," David said. "Just by rehanging the box for her, taking that extra five minutes to be courteous to a customer," made a difference he recalled. "She was upset, but on the other hand, it saved her life."

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Tamara Baldwin, Walla Walla, graduated May 22 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. The release noted it's the largest law school in the nation, with juris doctor programs across the state in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Lansing. More than 13,000 students have graduated since it was founded in 1972. Students can enroll in January, May and September.

College Place residents Patti and Frank Lane's grandson was honored by his school in late May.

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Lane Pearson, son of Kori and Tracy Pearson of Prosser, Wash., received the Howard Willson Inspirational Award.

Although he sustained a permanent ankle injury that required surgery early in his senior year during football season, Lane continued in the program by assisting coaches and mentoring underclassmen. He also saved the school district hundreds of dollars in replacement costs by using some of his wood and metal shop time to repair and rebuild worn and damaged furniture.

Teachers nominated Lane for the Willson award and male PHS students who participated in high school sports selected him.

An outstanding athlete and president of the student body, Willson attended PHS in the early 1940s.

He was decorated for bravery, thrice wounded in action and killed in action Feb. 28, 1945, during World War II. The school established the award in his honor in 1961. It is presented annually to the most inspiration male athlete at Prosser High School.

Lane graduated with the Class of 2010 on May 30, said grandparents Patti and Frank Lane, College Place. Lane plans to study agriculture in college.

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