$n$ Etcetera - 05/14/10

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Wow. A diaper and wipe drive sponsored by Big John's Pizza in Pendleton April 19-25 was a resounding success, said owner Andy McAnally in a release.

The restaurant at 225 S.W. Ninth St., collected 1,889 diapers and 3,920 wipes for Pioneer Relief Nursery by offering free pizzas and lunch buffets in return for diapers and wipes.

The restaurant gave away more than $1,600 in pizza and lunch buffets in exchange.

"It is always gratifying to watch the people of Pendleton rally around a good cause," Andy said. "Big John's customers gave everyone a great lesson in giving and they deserve the credit for the success of this drive."

Pioneer Relief Nursery is a nonprofit organization that helps build safe and stable parent-child relationships throughout Umatilla County.

Part of that mission is to provide a few hours of care for children younger than 6, giving parents time to take care of personal and family matters.

"The Pioneer Relief Nursery is grateful to Andy McAnally and Big John's Pizza for supporting us," said Kelly Sager, executive director. "Diapers are an expense many families we serve struggle with every month.

"These donated diapers will ensure babies and young children remain healthy. The generosity of donors and Andy reminds us that the community supports the work we do and the children in our community."

For more details, call Pioneer Relief Nursery at 541-215-1017.

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Walla Walla Community College students were major players at the state Skills USA conference the last weekend of April in Pasco, said instructor Dan Norton.

"It was truly impressive when six out of nine WWCC students were called back for the final run-off in Job Demonstration," he said.

Gold medalists include: Candice Churchill in auto refinishing and prepared speech, two medals; Austin Zaring, for welding; Brian Holmkvist, Jacob Reeve and Chris Thompson, one each in welding fabrication; Jarod Chong, one in technical drafting; Oscar Morales, one in auto body repair

Cory Maas, one in precision machining technology.

Silver: Dave Fesler, one each in job demonstration and CNC milling programming.

Bronze: Dave Fesler, one each in extemporaneous speaking and customer service; Jacob Reeve, one in job demonstration.

Team members swept the top three places in related technical math: Jarod Chong, gold; Dave Fesler, silver; and Daniela Roman, bronze.

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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