$n$ Suffragettes take to streets — again — in reenactment

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More than 50 people left Kirkman House Museum March 6 for a suffrage march and rally reminiscent of an earlier era. It took them to the Walla Walla County Courthouse.

Pro-suffrage marchers carried such slogans as "Forward into the Light," "Votes for Women," "Mothers prepare children for the world, let mothers prepare the world for children" and "Equality before the Law."

In the guise of anti-suffrage hecklers, Rick Tuttle and Dan Clark carried signs that read, "Keep women in the kitchen" and "Danger!"

Whitman College volunteers designed and created signs for the event using slogans wielded by actual suffragists who lobbied for the right to vote.

The group marched south on Colville Street to Main Street and then west to the courthouse. They were escorted by the Walla Walla Police Department and R.I.D.E.R. of Washington (Riders In Defense of Equal Rights), a motorcycle group led by Jack Fletcher, and the B.O.M.B. group (Babes on Motor Bikes, the female contingent of R.I.D.E.R.).

Their goal was to raise awareness of the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage in Washington State and to honor the plight of women who led the way.

"I believe we achieved our goal, while having a grand time," said Greer G. Buchanan, Kirkman House assistant director

At the courthouse, a brief rally and demonstration was highlighted by Mayor Barbara Clark's reading from excerpts of newspaper clippings written about Susan B. Anthony's visit to Walla Walla in 1871.

"All in all, a fun and educational community event," Greer said.

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Robert Keatts, chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee, and Conrado Cavazos, Walla Walla City councilman and liaison committee member, attended a statewide sister city meeting March 6 at the Consulate General of Japan residence in Seattle.

The meeting brought together communities in the state that have sister cities in Japan. Altogether, 33 cities in Washington have sister city relationships in Japan.

Acting Consulate General of Japan Shinji Urabayashi hosted the meeting in conjunction with Washington State Sister City Board coordinator and chairman Burton Bard, Robert said. Bridges of Friendship - Developing and Sustaining Sister City Connections, presented a series of success stories by Takashi Kuchii, Consulate for Cultural Affairs, and Burton.

Washington State Sister Cities could present information about their programs and activities.

Robert presented the Walla Walla programs, history of our Sister City relationship with Sasayama, brochures and program descriptions.

Additional presentations were made by other sister cities in Washington and Takashi presentated Consul General of Japan success stories.

There are 40 sister city relationships that fall within the jurisdiction of the Consul General of Japan in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana. This was the first time that the Consulate-General of Japan has hosted a meeting with city officials and sister city representative in the United States, Robert said.

More than 100 individuals were present.

A Japanese tea ceremony followed for participants, along with a Japanese-style buffet.

Individuals and organizations in Walla Walla interested to learn more about the Walla Walla Sister City program or to participate are encouraged to contact Robert by e-mail at robert_wwscc@yahoo.com or evenings at 509-525-0049.

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The Walla Walla High School JROTC team completed its final competitive event of the academic year at Roseburg, Ore., according to Cadet Capt. Jessica Wilson.

Team members garnered a number of awards at the Regional Drill Meet, including the Combined Rifle Teams, which won the League championship.

Drill Team: Color Guard 1, second place; Color Guard 2, third place; Unarmed Drill Team, third place.

Unarmed Drill Team Commander: Cadet Maj. Terrika Zapata, second place. Individual Armed Exhibition Drill: Cadet 1st Lt. Seth Thomas, first place.

Rifle Team: Sporter Team, Master Division: Cadet Staff Sgt. Karri Mickelson, second place. Precision Team: Cadet Capt. Elliot Holt, first place; Sporter Team, second place; Precision Team, second place.

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World War II pilot Theron "Smitty" Smith of Walla Walla got some individual time March 8 with one of the nation's most famous contemporary pilots. Smitty and wife Sharon flew to Seattle and met up with son Reed Smith. Smitty was a VIP at The Museum of Flight where he, Sharon and Reed heard Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger speak about his dramatic landing in the Hudson River Jan. 15, 2009. In a mid-air bird-plane collision, Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles safely landed Flight 1549 on the water. Sullenberger has been hailed as a national hero for quick thinking and outstanding aviation skills, which saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew.

A former fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Sully noticed that "Smitty had one of his Distinguished Flying Cross bands on his suit lapel and was quite taken with Dad's stories when the attention was supposed to be on him," said Smitty's daughter Shannon Smith via e-mail. "It was a quick trip but one that they won't forget."

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Jake Shafer garnered a second place medal at the World Sport Stacking Association's 2010 Northwest Region Sport Stacking Championships March 13 in Auburn, Wash. The Sharpstein Elementary School fifth-grader completed the 3-3-3 event with a time of 2.76 seconds.

Participants up-stack and down-stack specially designed cups in predetermined sequences, competing to finish a sequence in the fastest time.

Events differ based on the number of cups in a pyramid.

Through sport stacking, participants develop skills in teamwork, cooperation, ambidexterity and hand-eye coordination. Jake learned the sport from P.E. teacher Jason Parsons.

At the tournament in March 2008, Jake earned two second-place medals and a fourth-place. In addition to stacking, he enjoys playing sports, especially baseball with the Walla Walla Valley Little League's Sun Rental team; rollerblading; playing the drums, electric guitar and electric bass; singing; and building robots.

The son of Bob and Sally Shafer of Walla Walla, Jake is a bilingual student in the dual immersion program at Sharpstein; a third-year Explorers student; and double bass player in fifth-grade orchestra.

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Applications are being accepted for American Association of University Women educational scholarships. Awards provide assistance to women who have completed at minimum one year of college (30 semester or 45 quarter credits) and have a desire to complete their undergraduate or post-graduate education.

There must be a break of at least one year at some time during the college education process to qualify.

The scholarship committee is seeking women who demonstrate a desire to continue their education by completing or adding to their degree.

While past academic performance will be considered, of equal importance is the person's clearly demonstrated community involvement and enthusiasm for future community commitment.

The individual financial need of the applicants will be considered in making the awards.

Scholarship funds will be directed to the college of the recipient's choice to be used as needed for educational expenses.

Information and applications are available at www.aauw-wallawalla.org or by contacting Committee Chairwoman Alicia Quackenbush at 529-7807 or rquackenbush@charter.net Completed applications must be received by April 16.

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Education Service District 123 honored Walla Walla High School student Bryson Mooso for his artwork with an award during a ceremony at ESD 123 on Wednesday. Bryson also received Honorable Mentions for "The Chess Set" and for "Bugatti Veyron," both in Media Technology and Animation "3D Space."

"Bryson has been an exceptional student and plans to make 3D animation and modeling his career direction," said teacher Dennis DeBroeck, media technology and animation, in the Walla Walla School District's March 12 online Week in Review.

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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