Etcetera - 09/15/10

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Grant Hendley is Milton-Freewater Rotary Club's outbound youth exchange student, the club reported on Aug. 17 . He left for Taiwan on Aug. 25, headed to Taoyuan City, in the northwest corner of Taiwan, for his stay overseas.

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Like many other businesses, Walla Walla School District has been trimming costs, and this time that includes not printing a Book Calendar. The Aug. 20 Walla Walla Public School Week in Review notes that district staff is encouraging the use of its electronic tools to help protect the environment. "The elimination of the Book Calendar will save the district nearly $10,000 annually," the report said.

Calendar information can be accessed at www.wwps.org. Students and parents will receive a one-page printed calendar at the start of the school year. One-page printed calendars are also available at all schools and on the district website.

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In late August, Walla Walla High School Chamber Singers participated in a team-building retreat at Westminster Woods Camp in Meacham Ore., according to the Aug. 20 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review. "The prestigious singing group worked on music, singing, team-building and fun events," said Director of Choral Activities Norb Rossi.

Check out Walla Walla School District news on Facebook by clicking on the icon on its website homepage, www.wwps.org to visit the WWPS Facebook page. In fact, School District Communications Director Mark Higgins will post items and photos of interest on Facebook. E-mail information to mhiggins@wwps.org.

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Nothing is cheap when it comes to heritage preservation, said Paul Franzmann, communications manager at Fort Walla Walla Museum. The Museum has mastered the art of doing a lot with very little over the years, but the need is ongoing.

More than 300 folks and the city of Walla Walla stepped up with donations to make the new Entry Hall Exhibit Galleries building a reality represents a true community-minded, community spirit endeavor." Paul said staffers hear from national and international visitors what a gem this area has in the museum.

Volunteers are always in demand there. "Taking care of your family's precious heirlooms or photographs and one day considering them as a donation to the Museum is one way. Becoming a member is another way, with benefits beyond the scope of most comparably sized heritage institutions," Paul said. Bill and Ilene Hepler became involved years ago when they started Customer Appreciation Day at Big Cheese Pizza on North Wilbur Avenue. Local groups can earn needed operating funds by helping to make pizzas there. The Heplers' daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Rich Podolski, manage the business and continue the tradition. The museum raised funds on Aug. 25, aided by volunteers.
The museum is at 755 Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park. It's open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through October. There is an admission fee. For more details, call 509-525-7703, e-mail info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or see fortwallawallamuseum.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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