Pathfinders to canvass area for BMAC Food Bank donations

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Between 700-800 Pathfinders will be out in the community in black and tan uniforms on May 15.

A Seventh-Day Adventist Church youth organization similar to scouting, its 10- to 16-year-old members will go door to door from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in College Place and Walla Walla seeking food contributions for Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

The Pathfinders Fair is taking place at Walla Walla Valley Academy over the weekend, during the Upper Columbia Conference, said Wayne Hicks, Pathfinders administrative club director for the conference. The region includes Eastern Washington, Idaho and part of Oregon. There are 110 churches in the conference and 40 Pathfinders clubs from 60 of those churches, Wayne said.

The young people plan to canvass for food by clubs, Wayne said. "These are kids from all over Eastern Washington and we expect up to 1,000 of them to be in the area at that time," he said.

Gifts of non-perishable packaged and canned food items are encouraged.

In terms of community generosity, "It's just amazing how people respond and it's a good thing for our kids to see too," Wayne said. The group will meet in the Walla Walla Valley Academy auditorium for some activities; and plans to march in review beside the Walla Walla University Church as the congregation leaves Sabbath services. And Sunday morning, Pathfinders plan to have drill teams perform at WWVA inside WWU's track, Wayne said.

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It's been 55 years since the Walla Walla High School Class of 1955 graduated and classmates are refining plans for a reunion Aug. 20-22.

It will include a Friday evening event for socializing and appetizers; a Saturday noon barbecue and socializing at a cabin located in a picturesque mountain setting; and a Sunday breakfast buffet at The Oasis.

Classmates and friends of the class have been receiving a newsletter for 10 years, and attending monthly lunches and Christmas parties since 1999. The 2010 lunch schedule includes May 21 at the Pasco Applebee's; a June 9 jet boat excursion on the Snake River; a June 18 day in Dayton; a July 16 Pioneer Park picnic; Sept. 17 at the Lions Ferry Restaurant; Oct. 15 in Tri-Cities; Nov. 19 at Coffee Connection; and a December Christmas party.

For more details, contact Susan Timmons Queen at 509-525-1887 or e-mail stqueen@charter.net

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The Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch honored 13 regional high school scholars during an April 22 a dessert reception at the Walla Walla School District Administrative Office.

The following honorees received Washington state AAUW Scholars certificates of Excellence and gift certificates: Jessie Gow-Lee, technology, Natalie Slusarenko, science, Elizabeth Field, mathematics, all from Walla Walla Valley Academy; Rocio Escalante, science, Andrea Cruz, mathematics, Prescott School; Katie Tompkins, technology, Katherine Jubb, science, Breanna Jaspersen, mathematics, DeSales Catholic School; Denali Molitor, science, Kailee Willard, mathematics, Walla Walla High School; and Charlie Marie Perkins, technology, Tierra Kessler, science, Elizabeth Pedroza, mathematics, Touchet School. High school teachers and administrators nominated the young women their for achievements in science, mathematics and technology, said Sue O'Neill, high school scholars chairwoman.

Their names are listed on the AAUW state website, along with winners from more than 30 other branches in Washington state. AAUW promotes equity in education for women and girls, encourages them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and technology and awards scholarships for women at the local, national and international levels.

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Kathy and Clark Covey's oldest and youngest daughters have reached significant milestones and to describe the parents as proud is an understatement. Perhaps it's best to let their daughters' accomplishments speak for them.

Tamara Richmond Baldwin, 28, is graduating with her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. A 2000 DeSales Catholic School alumna, Tami earned a bachelor's in political science/women's studies in 2004 from St. Martin's University in Lacey, Wash. She took a break from school before heading to Lansing to attend Cooley Law School where she also interned with the ACLU and was a member of the publishing staff for the Cooley newspaper. She is currently studying for the bar exam in Philadelphia.

Youngest daughter Andrea Richmond Baldwin, 26, is graduating with a master's of social work from Columbia University in New York. Andi graduated from Walla Walla High School in 2002 and earned a bachelor's in social work in 2007 from Eastern Washington University. She then worked for a year for Clark in his Homestead Restaurant in Walla Walla before beginning her master's program. While based in Walla Walla, Andi plans to look for employment in the Seattle/Portland area.

Since they're both graduating in the same week Kathy will attend Andi's graduation on May 18, then head to Lansing for Tamara's graduation on May 22.

A social worker, Kathy has worked at Blue Mountain Action Council for 32 years and is director of community service. The girls' maternal grandparents, Floyd and Carol Richmond, live in Walla Walla. Also a social worker, Floyd is a former executive director of Children's Home Society. Clark currently works for Oxarc.

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Jeanne Leffingwell spent the last week of April teaching McLoughlin High School art students the art of beading. Jeanne enjoys sharing her beading techniques and expertise with young people, according to Blue Leitch, art teacher. The students learned to make a beaded bracelet using a loom. Students are continuing with Blue to finish a more complicated beaded lid for an Altoids container, she said.

"Beading is an art form that is relaxing and can be done by all ages of people. Beading is used in all cultures and time periods," Jeanne said. "I've especially enjoyed working with the art teacher and kids at McLoughlin High School. The kids are very creative and energetic. It also feels great to be teaching them some life skills like threading a needle or measuring a 2-yard length of thread."

Blue is coordinator for the residency. "We had participants in our community workshop after school, from ages 6 to 60 who were successful in creating a beaded design. The Artist-in-Residence program is particularly valuable by exposing students to new art forms and to practicing artists," Blue said.

Jeanne is nationally noted for her bead sculptures and "Million Bead Project" in which both the high school and Freewater School have participated. She has worked with students in Mexico and throughout the Northwest. "Beading connects every age and culture of the world as we seek to find pattern and meaning in creation," Blue said. More information on Jeanne's work is available at www.jeanneleffingwell.com/. She is based in Moscow, Idaho.

This residency is sponsored by Humanities for Youth Program in Milton-Freewater, Milton-Freewater Art Club, Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, ArtsEast, Oregon Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Walla Walla Squadron began their spring aerospace training cycle with a look under the hood of a Cessna 182 airplane at Stan Holm's Blue Ridge Aviation maintenance facility at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Since the engine covers were off the aircraft for its annual inspection and maintenance, the timing was just right to use it as a training aid. Its components were pointed out and explained by owner Bill Howard.

Cadets plan to go for a ride later this summer as a part of the Cadet Orientation Ride program.

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The John Sager Eighth Grade Class of 1975 is planning a 35th reunion for 7 p.m. on June 18 and 5:30 p.m. June 19 at the Milton-Freewater Junior Show Fairgrounds, said one of the organizers, Auralea Christiano Blackman. They are looking for contact information on classmates and encourage those who graduated eighth grade in 1974 and 1976 to join the group. For more details, contact Auralea at 509-520-3775 or e-mail ablackman@charterinternet.com .

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Nataya Lovejoy won a Washington state PTA Reflections Award of Excellence in the category of Primary Dance Choreography for her entry: "Beauty is Dancing Joyfully." Nataya received an invitation to the May 2 Washington State PTA Reflections awards ceremony. Her submission ranked as one of the top six Primary Dance Choreography entries in the Washington State PTA Reflections contest, the April 23 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. Nataya's mother is Green Park Head Start/ECEAP teacher Tensie Lovejoy.

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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