Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club donated $5,000 to Commitment to Community for its project at the Edith and Carrie Playground. The donation was presented by Rotary President Pedrito Maynard-Reid to Nancy Carter and Julie Leavitt.
The funds and a matching grant from Sherwood Trust will be used to purchase playground equipment for the project.
Commitment to Community is a coalition of public and private service providers focused on working alongside neighborhood residents in a grassroots manner for residents to take ownership and address their own issues.
C2C's first and foremost goal is to create relationships and trust with the neighbors. Its focus is to work alongside residents without an agenda other than to build a sense of ownership among residents.
- The Washington Coalition for Open Government will honor The Seattle Times, its publisher Frank Blethen and attorney Duane Swinton and his law firm during a Sept. 17 breakfast for their contributions to transparency in government.
The WCOG's annual James Madison/James Andersen Awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with a continuing legal education seminar on public meetings and records laws at The Conference Center in Seattle.
Blethen, publisher and CEO of The Seattle Times for 25 years, will receive WCOG's James Madison Award for leadership in fighting for open government on many fronts-the paper's aggressive use of public records in reporting, including coverage that won a Pulitzer Prize this year; the paper's willingness to challenge government secrecy through litigation; and the paper's pioneering application of computers for the analysis of government data that has produced special reports about the inner workings of agencies.
"By creating public-service special reports year after year, The Times demonstrates the public good that is made possible by providing access to state records," noted WCOG Vice President Mike Fancher in a release.
For more details about this event, online see www.washingtoncog.org or call at (206)782-0393. WCOG is a statewide nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2002 that promotes the people's right to know by supporting open government laws and practices at the local and state levels.
- Type "Walla Walla" into Wikipedia, and a lot of interesting references pop up. Foremost, the Walla Walla Native American tribe after which the county and city of Walla Walla are named.
The site also gives reference to the Walla Walla River, along which the Walla Walla tribe lived; Walla Walla Community College on the east side of town; Walla Walla University, west in College Place; the Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area or wine region in the Walla Walla Valley; and Fort Walla Walla, also known previously as Fort Nez Percs and in operation from 1818 until 1857.
Washington State Penitentiary and Walla Walla, New South Wales, Australia, and its Walla Walla Football Club, are also revealed in this first search.
The list is decidedly incomplete, but mentions the MV Walla Walla, a Washington State jumbo class ferry that currently serves on the Seattle-Bremerton route. The Walla-walla is a kind of motorboat used in Hong Kong.
"Walla Walla," is a song by American punk rock band The Offspring on its Americana album. And the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team even gets a nod.
- Nine Walla Walla Scouts are currently attending the 2010 Boy Scout National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. The scouts, all members of Troop 305, are either recent graduates, current students or entering freshmen at Walla Walla High School. They include Daniel Taggart, Trevor Duprey, Zac Pinney, Gregg Heller, Nick Poolman, Sam Wright, Brad Duprey, Nathan McClure and Joel McClure.
The 10-day event runs from July 26-Wednesday. More than 40,000 Scouts from around the United States are attending the event, which also celebrates Boy Scout of America's 100th anniversary.
Troop 305 is sponsored by Eastgate Lions Club.
Just before arriving at the Jamboree, the Scouts toured for a day in the Washington, D.C., area, where they visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln and World War II memorials on the National Mall and Mount Vernon.
- A Walla Walla High School Class of 2001 committee is forming to plan its 10th reunion for summer 2011, said classmate Cleo Peterson.
Organizers want to recruit class members, friends and family to collect contact information so the committee can send invitations.
The committee's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Cleo can also be reached on Facebook at Walla Walla High School Class of 2001, which already has 178 members, or call 509 301-8286.
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