Walla Walla to bid farewell to Dave Warkentin

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Say "farewell" to Dave Warkentin.

If you want your chance to bid adieu to the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO, drop by the Chamber office Wednesday between 2 and 5 p.m.

After eight years at the helm of the local Chamber, Warkentin has accepted the top job with the chamber of commerce in Chandler, Ariz. Wednesday is his last day here. A "meet and greet" event will run 2-5 p.m. at the office, 29 E. Sumach St. Light refreshments will be served.

For more details, call 525-0850 or e-mail: info@wwvchamber.com.

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Pacific Power has partnered with the Walla Walla Children's Museum to showcase its own take on how the "Three Little Pigs" could have gotten by the big, bad wolf.

The "Huff 'n Puff House" is an interactive exhibit demonstrating energy efficiency and sustainability, said Pat Reiten, Pacific Power president, in a prepared statement. "We hope it will inspire (children) to not only seek sustainability in their own lives and bring the information home for their families, but also that we may entice a few to pursue careers in the energy field, or science and engineering," Reiten said.

The Huff 'n Puff House will be dedicated opening day Wednesday. As an educational tool it will offer green building tips and renewable energy practices in age-appropriate ways.

In recognition of the opening, admission will be free to the museum and new exhibit noon to 5 p.m. that day. Compact fluorescent light bulbs will be given to the first 50 visitors, and refreshments will be provided.

Pacific Power is sponsoring the project in observance of its 100 years of service in the community, according to the announcement. Walla Walla was one of the four original communities served by the electric utility when it was incorporated June 16, 1910. The company is offering a "legacy project" in each of the original communities. This is Walla Walla's.

In addition to Pacific Power, others who contributed to the new exhibit include Alan Ashmore, Doyle Electric, Melody Muffler and Bicycle Barn.

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Cugini Import Italian Foods will host an Italian wine-tasting event Thursday.

Mark Rowan of Seattle-based Noble Wines will be at the store, 960 Wallula Ave., for the event that features five wines. Meats and cheeses will be served for the tasting event. A 15-percent discount will be offered on the wines tasted that evening only. For more details, call Cugini at 526-0809.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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