Etcetera - 07/23/10

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Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287 will host a Thank You! Celebration for current service members and veterans with free tickets to the July 28 Walla Walla Sweets game.

Prior to the game Elks members will dish up free food and drinks beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the lodge, 351 E. Rose St.

"Then it is just a short hop to the game at Borleske Stadium, starting at 7:05 p.m.," said Keith Burghardt, Elks public relations chairman.

Complementary tickets are being provided to any service member who is serving, or has served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserve and their families. There are a limited number of tickets available so pre-registration is required.

Contact the Lodge at 525-2870 or Shelley Murphy at 541-861-0306 to register. Tickets will be picked up at the pregame celebration prior to the game.

"We hope to see you there and don't forget your baseballs to have them signed by Sweet Lou," Keith said.

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Four players from the Walla Walla Heat played in the largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the world June 26- 27 in Spokane, said Peggy Needham.

The 21st annual Hoopfest Tournament had 6,990 teams participate this year. Walla Walla Heat had 18 teams in its bracket, representing four different states.

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The Heat went undefeated in five games to become 2010 Champions in its age division. Teammates are Mitchell Lesmeister, Jacob Needham, Justin Olivares and Jordan Olivares.

Tricia Perez, a literacy coach at Grove Elementary in Milton-Freewater, is one of just 50 applicants statewide who was tapped for a K-12 Literacy Framework training sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education.

The training wasWednesday through today in Portland. All her travel and lodging expenses were paid by ODE. She is learning to train other literacy coaches.

"It is a real honor to be one of the few selected for this great training," she said in a release. "This program contains a component on comprehension and vocabulary, as well as response to intervention, which I am excited to add to my knowledge base, and be able to train others in."

She hopes to to provide some centralized location to train those in neighboring school districts, such as at the Umatilla-Morrow ESD.

She plans to use her new training skills to teach others in the Milton-Freewater School District, something she feels will be a huge asset to the area's student reading levels.

The Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Literacy Framework in December 2009 as a tool for the state, districts and schools to help with reading skills.

Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework works to ensure that students are reading at or above grade levels as soon as possible, and that they continue to advance and receive the best instruction and intervention that they can get every step of the way, until graduation.

The program was developed by the Literacy Leadership Steering Committee in partnership with the ODE to increase the odds of Oregon's students being successful in school, and that as a result, Oregon's workforce will remain competitive.

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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