Etcetera - 07/09/10


Reader Jane Drabek is a fan of the challah bread that I wrote about in the June 20 Etcetera. If you recall, fellow Walla Wallan Kathy Covey recently took a photo of a Zaro's Bakery ad posted in Grand Central Station, New York City, where she was catching a train. The company's advertisement promotes specialty bread and some cookies on a banner that reads, "Send a Challah to Walla Walla/Send Black & Whites to Shaker Heights."

Jane confided that John's Wheatland Bakery, right here at 1828 E. Isaacs Ave., makes mighty fine loaves of challah, but only on a certain day. Jane dropped by John's and asked at the counter, "Is today a challah day?"

Employees understood her question, but it baffled other customers who were certain that day wasn't a holiday ...

It's always challah day on Fridays at John's for the braided bread, fresh out of the oven at about 8:30-9 a.m.


Walla Walla High School Associate Principal Mira Gobel and teachers Rob Ahrens and Bill Calhoun spoke to school board members in mid-May about a recent Yamate Japanese exchange student visit.

Seventy-two Yamate students came to Walla Walla in April for a two-week stay here. They were hosted by 35 families and treated to a number of activities and tourism sites. Mira said saying good-bye was difficult for everyone.

"It's amazing how attached you can get in just two weeks," she said.

"Everyone was in tears as we hugged good-bye. We have already heard from many of the students and they all say how much they enjoyed their visit."

Rob and Bill plan to participate in the return trip this summer, when they will chaperone 19 students in July during their two-week stay in Japan.


Members of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club heard a presentation on a Healthy Kids program that was recently developed by the Oregon Child Development Coalition, reported Rotarian Robby Robbins.

Promotora Adriana Varela from the Hermiston office and Jennifer Carter, supervisor from the Milton-Freewater and Hermiston offices of OCDC, talked about the program that strives to provide some health insurance coverage for children up to age 18.

The program includes medical, dental and vision care, regular checkups, prescription medication and medical equipment, and mental health and chemical dependency services.

Adriana said about 104,000 children in Oregon do not have health insurance.

Healthy Kids provides free or low-cost health care coverage for Oregon children who don't have health insurance. Children with current health conditions can enroll in the program.

Eligibility is based on income and coverage lasts for at least one full year and can continue as long as the child remains eligible.

For more details, call 541-938-0282, 541-564-8011 or 877-314-5678 or online see

For more about Milton-Freewater Rotary, call 541-938-6523.


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