Etcetera - 05/28/10

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Residents of the Washington Odd Fellows Home transitioned from baking for the holidays to baking for Haiti in February this year, said Heather Johnson, activities assistant there.

In the wake of the Haitian earthquake, staff and residents decided a fundraiser might add some levity. Many intense days of baking in the new resident recreational kitchen was followed by a mad morning of wheeling and dealing on the bake sale floor, Heather said.

Staff and apartment residents also donated items to the sale that they had baked at home. Altogether, the sale earned $500, which was donated to the Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts.

Two residents, Bernice Mock and JoAnn Kruger, avid and dedicated bakers, hand-delivered the check to the Red Cross.

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Walla Wallan Carole Lepiane thoughtfully responded to a recent column item with a definition for woeld. The mystery word appeared in a Walla Walla Union article from Jan. 4, 1889. The newspaper evidently was the first to use the word hamburger in print and leading up to its mention on a menu, the writer reported that "The waiter approaches you with an expression of countenance which betrays an experience with a cold and unsympathetic woeld."

Carole said it's German for "world," as in "... an experience with a cold and unsympathetic world."

Pretty good for a self-described Italian who doesn't know German. Thanks, Carole!

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Walla Wallan Bonnie Olds, who has run Bloomsday in Spokane for most of the last 12 years, this time placed fourth in her age group, said husband Cliff Olds.

It's the fourth time in the last six years that she has placed in the top 10 for her age group, he said. The first two were in the 55-59 age group for females, and the most recent two were in the 60-64 group.

Her time for the 71/2-mile race this year was 1 hour 7 minutes 12 seconds, a 9-minute-mile pace. She finished fourth out of 1,146 in her group and 5,598 out of 50,696 for all participants.

Bonnie walks daily and bikes frequently but doesn't ofen jog, Cliff said. She trained for just one month for the race, and wasn't even watching her time as she ran.

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The National Society of High School Scholars recognized Walla Walla Valley Academy student Jessica L. Hutton for superior academic achievement.

The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those student who have achieved superior academic excellence. Members enjoy such benefits as scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events and member-only resources. The daughter of David and Lori Hutton, Jessica is a junior at WWVA.

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