Etcetera - 10/29/10

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The Grant Farmer Post 992 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary News October-November issue reported that members are planning to host several activities on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The special day will begin with a breakfast from 7-9 a.m. at 102 N. Colville St. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and be followed by a luncheon at noon, served by Auxiliary members. Non-perishable food items are being accepted in the morning.

The 5 p.m. dinner will cost $10 per person.

From 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17, there will be a free Veterans Stand-down at the Army National Guard Armory, 113 S. Colville St. Haircuts, flue shots, a visit with a dentist and VA help are including along with breakfast and lunch.

The newsletter also reminds readers that for those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces there are Honor Guard and flag services available to honor the veterans when they died. Request can be made in a will or living request.

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Walla Walla Blues Society publishes a monthly newsletter that informs its subscribers about local and regional events. To inquire about receiving a copy and membership, e-mail wwbs@bmi.net. WWBS's officers are "Tired Puppy" Patty Keyes, president; Charles Stanger, vice president; Lisa Rodighiero, treasurer; Laura Hall, secretary; J.W. "Torch" Davis, IFK coordinator; "Melody" Mike Hammond, BITS coordinator; Ray "Biggdaddy" Hansen, webmaster; Kevin "Bad Dog" Shenefield, Blues News editor. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month at CrossRoads Steakhouse' new location on Main Street.

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Randy McKone garnered the Oregon Association of Broadcasters' Broadcaster of the Year award for 2010. The vice president and general manager of Capps Broadcast Group, he was honored during the fall conference banquet Oct. 22 at Skamania Lodge, near Portland

Randy has been with CBG since 1983 and currently manages eight local radio stations that serve Northeastern Oregon and Southeastern Washington: 103.5 K-Wheat; 107.7 The Vine; 92.1 KUMA; The Superstation 104.7 KCMB; 99.9 The River; 1490 ESPN Walla Walla; News/Talk 1290 KUMA and 1240 KTIX.

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A Milton-Freewater cider company merited a write-up in the East Oregonian Oct. 24.

Reporter Samantha Tipler reported on Blue Mountain Cider company, an enterprise started in 2002 by Ron Brown, Mike Swinnerton and Robbi Ebel. Its award-winning product took the business out of a garage and into its current space, shared by Watermill Winery. Now a brewery, the company puts out 3,800 cases with 12 bottles in each case. They also make a 7 percent alcohol content draft cider.

Blue Mountain Cider produces three flavors, but experimentation is afoot using blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate cherry.

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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