Etcetera - 07/28/10

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Gabe and Margaret Joseph hosted about 75 people for a barbecue and potluck at their home recently.

The gathering was one of several for members of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1950.

The energetic retirees came together for their 60th reunion over the weekend. They're mostly 78 years old, but look and act 50, including Gabe, her husband of 57 years, Margaret said.

Classmates also enjoyed a catered dinner prior to taking in the Walla Walla Community College Foundation summer musical production, "Footloose;" and met for a banquet at the Crossroads Steakhouse and Lounge. Gabe cochaired the activities with Louise Blair, Margaret said.

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Marc A. Entze earned his doctorate degree in history from Washington State University. His dissertation is "Deconstructing the countryside: Agriculture and railroad abandonment in the Pacific Northwest, 1900-1990."

Marc graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy in 1992. He received his bachelor's degree from Walla Walla College in 1999 and his master's degree from Eastern Washington University in 2004 and is expected to graduate from WSU in summer 2010. His parents are Irita and Dan Entze of Walla Walla.

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Eastern Oregon University included several area students on its 2010 spring term dean's list: Chantell Cosner, Amanda Macri and Victoria Thul of Weston; Amanda Kay of Walla Walla; Keri Martin and Kailey VanOcker of Milton-Freewater; and Sara Smalley and Andrew Weidert of Athena.

They were among more than 500students who achieved and maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term.

EOU is in La Grande.

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Members of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club are gearing up for the annual barbecue fundraiser they hold during the Muddy Frogwater Festival in Milton-Freewater.

Tickets are $10.50 each for the dunner, which will be served from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 21 in Yantis Park. Tickets are available from any Rotarian, said club reporter Robby Robbins..

Another fundraiser the service group is working on is the Rotary Golf Tournament, which will be Sept. 12 at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course. The four-person scramble format will be used so golfers are encouraged to start getting their teams together.

As their "Chairity" event last year was so successful, they plan to give it another whirl. The chairs people donated were painted with some interesting designs by local artists and sold at auction, Robby said. So far they have two chairs and are looking for more. For more details, contact Robby at 541-938-6523 or robby@valint.net.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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