Etcetera - 10/21/10

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Members of Grandmothers' Roundtable will present "The Health of our Business Community" forum at 7 p.m. Monday in the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.

As its members continue examining the health of the Walla Walla Valley, their forum will present issues facing the business community:

"What effect has the economic recession had on businesses and workers in the area? What resources are available to help unemployed residents find jobs? What are some future areas of economic growth in our Valley? Are we preparing our students to have the necessary skills for employment in the future," said Linda Moats.

Many guests have talked with the group during the last year about the business climate here --what works and what doesn't. Three of those guests will be panel members for this forum, including Rich Monacelli, of Monacelli Business Associates, who will give an overview of the business community's health. Doug Loney, operations manager for WorkSource Walla Walla, will talk about skills workers need to fill vacant positions.

And Steve VanAusdle, Walla Walla Community College president, will discuss where areas of future economic growth may occur and what education and skills WWCC can provide to prepare students for employment in these businesses.

Susan Palmer, WWCC sociology instructor, will moderate and direct questions from the audience to panel members after their presentations.

"The evening promises to be informative," Linda said.

The non-partisan group focuses on issues of interest in the area and on educating the public about how to better participate.

All ages, genders and political views are encouraged at the forums. For more information, contact Pat Yenney at 509-529-6505 or Linda at bmoats@q.com.

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Pioneer Middle School students took a break from their classrooms recently to walk or run outdoors and raise funds for school activities as part of Pioneer's "Fund Run."

Students generated pledges based on the distance they covered. Pioneer staffers donated more than $1,000 dollars in prizes for students to earn for meeting donation goals.

Proceeds generated will support activities and programs at the school.

Jack Mehn, assistant principal, organized the event, which is expected to bring in more than $10,000, according to the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review. He said Pioneer's Fund Run is a great way to raise money for important school programs and help the students learn the importance of fitness and healthy lifestyles.

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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