ETCETERA - Students learn how deep local volunteer's family roots go


Fort Walla Walla Museum volunteer Dick Garver tagged along when 77 participants from three Green Park classes paid a call during an admission-free school tour day Sept. 23. Docent Toss Benefiel guided the students of Robin Peterson, Siomara Hobbs and Colleen Chamberlain around the complex.

With roots in the area tracing back to 1862, Dick knows his regional history, said Paul Franzmann, Museum communications manager.

The land on which Green Park School stands was donated in 1905 by Dick's great-great-grandmother Mary Green.

His ancestors came from the Willamette Valley near Portland in 1862, the year Walla Walla was incorporated as a city.

"Family patriarch Bill Green made his money as a cattleman. Involved deeply in the community's development, it was their land used as Green First Addition and later Green Park addition," Paul reported.

Green Gables Inn on Bonsella Street was once called "Smith House," named for Dick's great-aunt Clara Green Smith. The areas for Dreamland Park (now Jefferson Park) and Pioneer Park were laid out by John Langdon, Dick's great-uncle.

"Langdon was also responsible for many of the large trees in the vicinity of Whitman College's ‘Greek Row.'" And he built Langdon near Tollgate in the Blue Mountains.

Toss and Dick mixed in history while walking with the student around the complex.

For several consecutive years, Toss has garnered the annual Outstanding Docent Award.

Program sponsors are Boise's Wallula Mill, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, Mary Garner Esary Trust, Milton-Freewater Area Foundation and Pacific Power Foundation. The program is open to public, private and home schools. Tours may be arranged by calling the Museum at 509-525-7703 or via e-mail through the Museum's website at . "Staff at Fort Walla Walla Museum will be the first to tell you that this Museum runs on its volunteers. More than 200 assist with the daily operations and another 200 participate in events and other special occasions," Paul said.


Pendleton Elks 288 will host George Fry, Oregon State Elks Association president, and wife Vicki, during a 6 p.m. visit Oct. 9 at the lodge, 14 S.E. Third St.

For more information, call the lodge at 541-276-3882 or e-mail .


Crash-test dummies Vince and Larry, the "safety guys," paid calls to local grade school students during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The pair are best known for their use in vehicle safety belt testing.

While at various grade schools, they distributed pencils to students reminding them to buckle up correctly each time they ride in a vehicle; ride in the back until age 13; and to use a booster seat until the lap and shoulder seat belt fits correctly - normally after age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall, said Nancy McClenny-Walters, who is Target Zero manager with the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force.

The WWCTSTF sponsored the visit. For details on child passenger safety seat clinics or questions on age-appropriate car seats, contact Nancy at 524-2936.


Camp Wooten was the site of a weekend retreat for almost 40 Lincoln Alternative High School students. They and staff members worked toward building positive relationships, learning how to communicate and solve problems.

Students attended several mini sessions that addressed issues related to morals, ethics and learning more about themselves, the Sept. 24 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

Superintendent Mick Miller talked about overcoming challenges and taking control of their own lives and destiny with the students.


Laura Usher with the National Alliance on Mental Illness suggested a website that can be useful to folks in this area.

The Family Information Center at provides information on various topics, one of which is resources and support for families who have a loved one in jail or prison.

"The site is not directed specifically at families coping with mental illness, but some of the information may still be helpful for families needing support while a loved one is incarcerated," Laura said


Frazier Farmstead's Carriage Room raised the roof with Celtic music while 30-plus guests participated in the eighth annual fall barbecue. The fundraiser was for the Democratic party in Oregon, Bruce Campbell e-mailed.

Guests enjoyed grilled bratwurst with Walla Walla Sweet Onions, sauerkraut and other trimmings, baked beans, coleslaw and brownies. Views were shared by Oregon House of Representatives candidates Jean Falbo from District 57 and Pete Wells from District 58. Chris Burford, newly elected chair of the Umatilla County Democratic Central Committee provided an update on the state party's campaign plans.

Guests bid on 40 donated items at a silent auction and raised more than $700 for the scholarship fund and to assist candidate campaigns.

Deserving appreciation for their contributions are the members of the Wednesday Night Band, the barbecue chefs, Farmstead staff, and "all who participated and donated to make this event a memorable occasion," said Bruce.


Thomas "Tom" Callister, son of Thomas and Shannon Callister of Walla Walla, made the dean's list at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

He was cited for superb academic achievement during the 2009-2010 year and was honored at an opening convocation Sept. 13.

Tom graduated in 2009 from Walla Walla High School.


The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program at The Center at the Park is preparing for fall and winter with Project Warm Up. Loretta Cole and Peggy Needham are seeking donations of scarves, mittens, hats, slippers and blankets to give to those in need.

RSVP participants can receive training and serve as patient care volunteers with community partner Walla Walla Community Hospice. Working around volunteers's schedules, they are matched with patients. They go to the patients' homes to offer comfort and companionship to them and their families. More details are available through Mary Wollmuth, WWCH volunteer coordinator, at 525-3517; or Peggy Needham at RSVP, 527-3775.

From 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 2, RSVP and the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force will present a Senior Carfit Program. Trained professionals will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicles, recommend car adjustments and adaptations and offer community specific resources and activities that could make their cars fit better or enhance safety. Twenty-minute appointments may be scheduled at RSVP, 527-3775. The Center at the Park is at 720 Sprague Ave., in Jefferson Park. For more details about the senior center's programs and meals, call 527-3775 or online, see .


Nine students from this area earned undergraduate degrees for the summer 2010 semester at Washington State University.

Dayton: Chelsea Miller, bachelor's in political science, magna cum laude; and Camille Weatherill, bachelor's in English.

Pomeroy: Zachary Adams, bachelor's in psychology.

Walla Walla: Karl Frazier, bachelor's in civil engineering; Stephanie Harmon, bachelor's in human development and undergraduate certificate in adolescence; Jay Klicker, bachelor's in mechanical engineering; Rhyan Reid, bachelor's in social sciences; Jenna Wooldridge, bachelor's in natural resource sciences, cum laude; and Holly Young, bachelor's in human development, cum laude.

Honors earned by students are: summa cum laude for a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or better, magna cum laude for a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.70 but less than 3.90 and cum laude for a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 but less than 3.70.

Several area students were recognized for outstanding academic work and included on the President's honor roll for summer 2010:

Burbank: Ryan William Cutsforth, Chelsea Jo Rada, Kara R. Rucker and Joshua J. Taylor.

College Place: Ruben Armando Rodriguez, Paul V. Slusar and Scott Allan Wagner.

Dayton: Chelsea Ann Miller and James Wayne Pettett.

Pomeroy: Jake R. Fischer and Todd Curtis Keatts.

Walla Walla: Kimberly Marie Armentrout, Joseph A. Ballinger, Sarah Christine Bridges, Lee Sung Cyr, Amanda Kay Flood, Jay Kirk Klicker, Kristyn Michele Knight, Jordan Dane Kofler, Sheri Marie Miller, Rea Colleen Rude, Kaylynn Pauline Smith, James A. Sutliff, Jenna Kristine Wooldridge and Holly Eileen Young.


Staff and students at Pioneer and Garrison Middle schools will team with the Realtors Association to collect food for area food banks during "Food Bowl" 2010.

The event will be in conjunction with the annual eighth-grade football game at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Borleske Stadium.

Staff and students will collect food two weeks prior to the big rivalry game. Game spectators will be asked to donate a can of food to the school of their choice for entrance into the big game.

Students from each school will man donation stations during the event. A final weigh-in will determine the winning school, the Sept. 24 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

And students will participate in the weekend food pick-up campaign with the Realtors Association.

"In this spirit we will compete to raise donations as we work together as Walla Walla middle schools to give back to our community," said Pioneer Middle School Principal Dana Jones.

"In this annual football game, the athletes begin the game as two middle school teams and end the game as one team helping the community."


David Smith got the surprise of his life while a guest at a Sept. 20 dinner hosted by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 466 and its Ladies Auxiliary.

The VFW surprised David with a national life saving award for his persistence in awakening a customer of his on his Union-Bulletin newspaper route. He noticed her paper box was about to fall off and wanted to get her permission to fix it.

If he hadn't ultimately roused her by knocking on her door earlier this year, she told him she probably would have slipped into a diabetic coma and died.

"David is a hero. Even the little things we do can be so important to others," said Barbara Ellwein, former state ladies auxiliary president .

The College Place fire chief, fire inspector and firefighters attended the dinner and some of Post members were feted for their birthdays.

Post Commander Mike Hays and Barbara were honored to present David with the prestigious award.

  1. A new alumni webpage has been created by Walla Walla Public Schools to help keep graduates connected with former classmates. Visit and click on the "Where Are They Now?" link.

"This is a great way to stay connected with your fellow alumni and an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments and achievements of graduates," noted the Sept. 24 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review. Graduates can open the page, type in information about themselves and post photos.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or 526-8313.


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