Etcetera - Native Walla Walla artist's work on exhibit in Michigan

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The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press featured native Walla Wallan Art Jacobs in an article, which he sent to brother and sister-in-law Marley and Grace Jacobs, who live here.

Art is aptly named as he's become a critically acclaimed artist. His interest in this form of expression started in grade school, Marley said. Art sent some of his work to Art Instruction Schools, a mail-based art study based in Minneapolis.

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz happened to be a teacher there before he shot to fame with his "Peanuts" comics. Art's work was judged by Schulz in the late 1940s.

Art graduated here in 1950 from St. Patrick's High School. Early in his career he worked for Walt Disney, Marley said. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. He also worked with a camera, shooting for catalogs and books until the computer came on the scene.

While living in Walla Walla, Art worked for Inland Printing about 30 years ago. He left for other parts with the chance to advance his career in graphic arts, Marley said. As art director, Art designed 200-plus book covers for Zondervan Corp. as well as book covers for celebrities such as June Carter Cash and Terry Bradshaw. Until he retired and sold it about 10 years ago, Art operated a graphic arts/photography studio in Kentwood, Mich.

His artwork has garnered numerous awards. He is a member of more than four national watercolor organizations.

An exhibition of Art's watercolors, "The Beauty of Michigan," is showing at Terryberry Gallery in Grand Rapids. He opened his portfolio for the first time publicly for the exhibit, which showed 70 of his watercolors that span 20 years of experimentation. Because of limited space, the works were rotated 35 at a time for display. They're all for sale, ranging from $195 to $1,000, the article said. From April through June, the collection is on exhibit at Coopersville Farm Museum.

"It's a humbling medium - I'm always thinking ‘My next painting is going to be my best,' but I never really arrive there," he told The Grand Rapids Press. He has captured moments in nature, industry and rural life during his travels to small towns throughout Michigan. Another subject Art is interested in is illustrating old trains.

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Walla Walla Community College honored its 29 student volunteers engaged in service through the AmeriCorps Students in Service program during AmeriCorps week.

WWCC is one of 35 college and university campuses that participate with Washington Campus Compact in the program.

SIS is a part-time AmeriCorps program that encourages and supports college and university students to make a difference in their communities by agreeing to a minimum one year term of service at a community nonprofit agency.

In addition to earning valuable civic and workforce skills, students can earn an education award of up to $2,362 that can be used to pay tuition or student loans. At WWCC, 29 students have enrolled in the program since April 2006 and donated 11,939 hours of service to the community. Of this number, 20 students have earned just under $30,000 in educational scholarship dollars.

According to the Independent Sector's valuation chart for Washington state, the total number of hours given by SIS volunteers at WWCC is valued at $252,867.

"We proudly applaud these students who have given their time to a variety of community commitments that include: sustainability projects with transportation, environmental issues and education, art and history with youth, underserved population awareness, clinical hours in medical settings, development of resources for children and youth and much more," said Brenda Gordon, SIS campus coordinator. She can be reached at 527-4554 for more details.

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Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association members announced scholarship winners for this year at their May luncheon.

Winners of the two $1,000 scholarships are Lacy McCuistion of Dayton and Karl Loree of College Place.

The WSSRA Foundation state winner of a $1,500 scholarship is Lindsie Wagner of Walla Walla.

At the May luncheon, they also installed new officers for the coming year: Harriet Michael, president; Rick Nebeker, vice president; Shirley Rodenberg, secretary; and Ellen Wolf, vice president in charge of programs.

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Tom Scribner received an official nod of gratitude from fellow Blue Mountain Audubon Society members in the summer edition of The Magpiper. Tom led the group for the past two years. "His willingness to take on the responsibilities involved in this role are greatly appreciated."

The president's post is currently vacant, but other officer positions filled for the coming term include Mike Denny as vice president; Paul and Judy Treman, secretaries; and MerryLynn Denny, treasurer.

Members take turns hosting field trips and walks. All interested people are encouraged to participate. For details about times, dates and places, call Ginger or Rodger Shoemake at 525-2963 or Priscilla Dauble at 529-7939.

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Walla Wallan Sarah McClure visited Turkey earlier this year, one of 25 from Washington state who participated there in the state's AgForestry Leadership Foundation program.

While in Saniurfa, Turkey, she was hosted by a Kurdish family during a cultural learning home stay. Her hosts included Bahri and Fehime Bugday and family.

"We enjoyed a fun-filled evening with wonderful food, music, hospitality and more food including Turkish coffee," Sarah recalled. Despite considerable language barriers, Sarah said "there was much discussion comparing the history and daily life in our two vastly different countries and cultures."

She said it was a "wonderful young family who were so interested in Barack Obama's rise to the presidency and the settling of the American West by immigrants. They were amazed we were all recent (few generations) immigrants to America. The whole idea of the Homestead Act where land was given to those who would settle and work the land was incredible to them.

"The Kurdish people feel kinship to the blacks in America. To them the thought of Barack Obama being a black man and actually being elected our leader gave them hope in their goal of equal treatment and opportunity while living in central Turkey, far from the economic hub of Istanbul."

The statewide two-year AgForestry leadership program culminates with a two-week international trip, Sarah said. It is dedicated to advancing Washington state natural resource industries through enhanced understanding, education and empowerment of future leaders.

Sarah is chief financial officer of Tumac Machinery, local John Deere and Kubota farm equipment dealerships.

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Former Walla Walla High School Latino Club member and 2009 graduate Lizbette Morin received the 2010 Student Achievement Valkyries Award by the Associated Students of the University of Idaho. It is presented to outstanding freshmen who have demonstrated outstanding service, leadership, academic achievement and who are committed to serving the university community.

Each year, 10 UI freshman receive the award.

Lizbette is working on a double major in accounting and business management with a minor in French. She is also president of the Wallace residence hall complex, a community volunteer and a member of the College Assistance Migrant Program Organization of Students.

While at Wa-Hi, Lizbette was also active in French Club, FBLA and a member of National Honor Society. The Walla Walla Rotary Club recognized her during her senior year for overcoming challenges in her life to succeed in her education. She also received the Learning for Life "Young American" Award for academic achievement and community service.

"Truthfully, my involvement and choices I make as a student is not to be recognized as the best student," she said in a release. "I do what gives me satisfaction in life - getting good grades and doing things for the less fortunate - makes me feel like a better person and I really don't do it for the recognition. That is just the way I am as a person. I have the strong desire to succeed, not only my freshman year, but all of the years I spend at U of I."

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Peggy Jackson, a classmate of fellow Walla Wallan Jerald Ivie, had an opportunity to chat with him shortly before his death last month.

They graduated in 1960 from Walla Walla High School, Peggy said. After Wa-Hi, Jerald attended various schools in engineering and fine arts. He became a master painter, she said, and studied nutrition throughout his life. He was in the ready reserves with the U.S. Air Force, then joined the U,S. Navy and traveled.

A swimming champion, he used bicycling to keep in shape. For many years, he also acted on stage. He became a master painter and fine artist, Peggy added.

Jerald had fibromyalgia and was diagnosed with level D cancer. He couldn't leave his house and said doctors gave him seven years to live. "He was resolved to his plight of shortened life," Peggy said. Jerald died at home on May 14, 2010.

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Arbor Day in Washington state was celebrated April 14 when more than 2,200 fourth-graders rolled up their sleeves and planted trees. As a result, the youngsters became members of the Fourth-Grade Foresters of Washington.

Locally, Walla Walla County Conservation District provided more than 500 trees to Berney, Blue Ridge, Edison, Green Park, Sharpstein, Assumption, Liberty Christian and Rogers Adventist Elementary School fourth graders to take home and plant.

This is the third year that WWCCD has sponsored the project and an estimated 1,500-plus trees have been planted with the help of local students.

Marguerite Daltoso, who represents WWCCD, said, "We are delighted every year to hear how the students and their parents enjoy planting their tree. Our motto is ‘Leave a Legacy, Plant a Tree.'" Organizations like WWCCD cover the cost of each of the individually packaged evergreen trees, so there is no cost to students, teachers or schools, said Debra Ersch, cofounder of Fourth Grade Foresters Project.

"It's a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment."

The trees are important because they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to help reduce global warming and clean the air everyone breathes.

The trees are packaged in workshops that employ adults with disabilities through the Free Trees and Plants project. Started in February, 2004, the project obtains from growers and nurseries some of the millions of unsold plants that are destroyed each year, hires workers with disabilities to package them and then sends the plants to anyone who orders them at www.freetreesandplants.com. Consumers pay for processing and shipping costs.

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A frozen fruit smoothie exploded on me one pre-workday morning. All fine and good messwise, if it had been a pale-colored banana or peach version.

Much worse because it was a blueberry-pomegranate-banana smoothie. The lovely, staining, deep periwinkle-hued, sticky concoction blasted out of the blender onto the ceiling, upper cabinet doors, splatted onto the counter and blopped onto the floor. Oh, and polka-dotted my freshly styled hair, just bathed arms and pristine jammies. Harrumph. It all came from being in a hurry and taking a critical shortcut in the mixing process. Once the main ingredients are combined, I usually add 22 ice cubes into the running machine, a few at a time. I made the mistake of doing so with the lid too far ajar. One perfectly dropped cube caused the mixture to gush just like Old Faithful, that geyser in Yellowstone Park that erupts every 35 to 120 minutes in a fountain of geo-thermal water. Lesson learned: For messless results, drop ice cubes in through feeder lid opening and hold cap over the opening.

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

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