Etcetera - 09/13/10

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Frog-themed embroidered bookmarks created by Jane Jones, a local artist, are currently for sale at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, 8 N.W. Eighth Ave.

Frog-themed pins have been offered for 16 years and sold in conjunction with the Muddy Frogwater Festival, said Bob Jones, librarian.

But this time Friends of the Milton-Freewater Public Library shifted gears.

The limited-edition bookmarks are available at the library for $5 apiece.

They were previously sold during the 18th annual Friends Book Sale at Yantis Park Aug. 20-22, Bob said.

Jane is the designing artist behind most prior frog pins and two frog-themed T-shirts.

Remaining quantities of past years' pins and shirts are available at the library, too.

Proceeds support library programs and services through the Friends group, which was organized in 1992.

Since its inception, the Friends group has purchased furniture, equipment and materials for the library.

The group sponsors an annual scholarship for a graduating senior at McLoughlin High School and has raised more than $50,000 since 1992 to assist library programs and services.

Everyone holding a current valid library borrower's card from the Milton-Freewater Public Library is automatically a Friends member at no charge.

Members are encouraged to assist with Friends projects throughout the year.

Additional information about the Friends is available at the library, by calling 541-938-8247.

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Students at Ferndale and Freewater Elementary schools in Milton-Freewater were treated to the play "Annelie in the Depths of the Night" during school hours today, courtesy of the University of Oregon Theater Department. Jim Reger, principal at Freewater, accepted an invitation from the UO traveling theater group, which wanted to put on the show for students in the Milton-Freewater Unified School District 7.

Students and staff saw the production at 9 a.m. at Ferndale and 2 p.m. at Freewater, a press release reported.

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Jim Caple, a senior writer with ESPN.com wrote about his experience Aug. 17 while attending a Walla Walla Sweets game. He waxed eloquent about our grapes, wheat and onions and the team players and folks who make the sport happen here. He likened his view through the ninth inning cut-out panel on Borleske Stadium's hand-operated wood scoreboard to "a field a dreams so vivid James Earl Jones would get laryngitis describing them all." You can read his story at sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=caple_jimid=5468086. For more about our local team, see www.wallawallasweets.com .

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