ETCETERA - Ex-Wa-Hi standout named to hall of fame

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Among the Eastern Washington University 2010 Hall of Fame inductees is former Walla Walla High School track and field standout and 1994 alumna Seville Broussard-Hering.

During her stint at EWU, she scored more than 100 points for the university at Big Sky Conference Championship Track and Field meets, easily the most in school history as she won five league titles, the website notes.

She finished her career seventh in Big Sky history with 54 points scored in indoor conference meets from 1997-99, and scored another 55 outdoors. Both marks are school records, and still rank among the highest in league history.

Seville won Big Sky championships indoors in the high jump, 1998 and 1999 and 55 hurdles, 1997, and won two titles outdoors in the 400 hurdles, 1997 and 1998.

She broke six school records: she set records outdoors in the 400 hurdles, 48.12 in 1999, 100 hurdles, 13.52 in 1999 and high jump, 5-10 in 1997; and indoors she broke records in the 55 hurdles, 7.85 in 1998, 60 hurdles, 8.51 in 1999 and high jump, 5-111/4 in 1995. All of those records remain standing. On five occasions she earned Big Sky Athlete of the Week accolades.

The EWU professor in communications studies is married to Todd Hering, Cheney High School track and field coach.

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Editor & Publisher magazine named John Partlow, press/production manager at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, as a 2010 Production All-Star. The national trade magazine honored 15 operations executives with newspapers across North America.

The economy has hammered newspapers hard so they're looking for ways in which to work more efficiently and cost-effectively. The E&P article in the October issue about these hot shots said, "Today's production executive is increasingly a jack-of-all-trades, a wearer of many hats, no matter how big or small the newspaper is."

Many have worked in the industry for at least two decades and have to face the challenges of streamlining, consolidating production and seeking out cost savings and revenue generators.

A 40-year U-B employee, John was recognized in E&P's category of newspapers under 75,000 circulation. John's repeatedly found ways to shave expenses, such as reducing the width of the newspaper itself (called the web), waste off the press and consumption of plates.

He overhauled the U-B's 40-year-old press, tracking down parts through his contacts to keep it going at next to no cost.

He looked into the computer-to-plate technology that since its implementation here is expected to shave off several thousand dollars per year as well asimprove quality.

Aided by his staff, he implemented an applicator for the stick-note ads we've run a couple of times; accommodated large ads that come in late; produced spadias (those narrow-width ads that wrap around the front and back of the A section; and worked with clients on press runs and reproduction using color; as well as seeking commercial jobs.

He's helped with an accident prevention program that has kept injuries to a minimum.

"The Northwest Press Users Users Group leader's hard work created strong morale and record-setting on-time performance." He mentored a manager for Sunday edition production and led the recycling program to a "Green Seal" award.

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Kirkman House Museum's eighth annual Sheep to Shawl event on Sept. 26 was "very successful and could grow even larger next year," said Greer G. Buchanan, assistant director.

It drew 400-plus members of the community to the festivities. Demonstrations in wool-working techniques were given by area artists and craftsmen, such as live-sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, tatting and side-saddle riding and vendors displayed handmade woolen items for sale.

A miniature horse and cart provided free rides to children and adults. There were also speed competitions, Greer said, wherein contestants raced to see who could peel an onion or eat an entire pie faster than the rest.

Stone's Throw Farm provided organic watermelon lemonade throughout the day and Graze Catering served up a lamb barbecue lunch.

Caroline Tuttle won the drawing for a handmade shawl woven from wool sheared at last year's Sheep to Shawl event. To learn more about Kirkman House Museum, obtain a monthly newsletter and updates about events see www.kirkmanhousemuseum.org,

The museum is at 214 N. Colville St., Call 529-4373, or e-mail gbuchanan@kirkmanhousemuseum.org.

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Emily Skramstad, reporter for Riata & Rowels 4-H Club, said the group elected new officers for the 2010-2011 year. Taylor Skramstad will serve as president, along with Jared Litchfield, vice president; Katie Skramstad, secretary; and Emily as reporter.

"Leader Patti Litchfield is looking forward to a fun-filled year," Emily said. The group will be involved in trail rides, educational field trips, riding lessons, fundraisers and community service. For additional details, call Patti at 509-386-6009.

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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