Etcetera - 10/26/10

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Scarlett the Welsh Corgi is an opportunist when it comes to scraps of food hitting the floor.

The other day, she sat in quiet anticipation as our 21/2-year-old grandson ate Jell-O. Cherry-red Jell-O. Jell-O that stains.

Unbeknownst to the supervising adult, some of the goop missed its intended mark and hit the deck.

Well, make that the camel tan-colored oriental carpet under the dining table. No camouflage there.

Eeemom (mommy backward -- that's me), didn't discover anything was amiss until I saw that Scarlett's normally white neck ruff was also tinged with a glaring spot of red.

It was a mystery at first. From whence it originated. What caused it. How it got on her. How to get it off.

When I saw the carpet stain, ala "The Cat in the Hat," I put it together.

I used this great spray product designed to clean up pet messes, but it didn't work on the carpet or her hair.

It did succeed in turning Scarlett's hair a lovely shade of pink.

To make lemonade from lemons, we've decided Scarlett has the pink hair so she can stand in solidarity with everyone else who's gotten pink hair extensions as a way to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Walla Walla -Columbia Retired School Employees Association is again offering two $1,000 scholarships.

Those who apply must graduates of high schools in Walla Walla or Columbia counties and be student teaching between September 2011 and June 2012, said Deanna Aichele, communication chairwoman.

For more information, contact Mardel Bierwagen at 525 6117 or gbierwagen6117@charter.net .

Applications will be available Nov. 1 and due by April 1, 2011.

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Kids can have a safe Halloween experience courtesy of the Walla Walla High School Key Club "Trunk or Treat" candy giveaway and food drive.

It will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 in the Wa-Hi Science parking lot.

Various cars decorated by Wa-Hi club members at Wa-Hi will have decorated a variety of cars where kids can receive treats. Admission is one can of food per attendee.

Donations of non-perishable food will be delivered to local food banks. Wa-Hi FFA will also feature a Haunted Barn attraction this year.

For more details, contact Shelly Mann at smann@wwps.org

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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