Etcetera - 09/23/10

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Peter G. Vander Griend, a DeSales Catholic High School student, is among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a release from National Merit Scholarship Corp. officials.

In addition, Grant Nielsen, grandson of Walla Wallans Gabe and Margaret Joseph, made the semifinalist list.

Grant is the son of former Walla Wallan Susan Joseph Nielsen and husband Scott Nielsen of Spokane. Grant is a senior at Ferris High School.

Peter and Grant can continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships. Worth more than $36 million, the scholarships will be offered in spring. To be considered for an award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Officials anticipate that about 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, and around half of those will win National Merit Scholarships and earn the Merit Scholar title.

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Twenty people stepped up to host parties for the annual Dinner for Friends with Friends, resulting in $18,000 to support clients and the work of Blue Mountain Heart to Heart. Hosts were aided by co-hosts and assistants, corporate sponsors and many other volunteers, the September issue of BMH2H's Heartbeat reported.

"Our feedback indicates that most of you think this was the best event in our history and we couldn't be more pleased," said Parke Thomas, president.

Chances are they could reach or surpass the $20,000 level as two more dinner parties were in the works.

Donations may be made to BMH2H, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Support Services, P.O. Box 40, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Or call 509-529-4744; e-mail info@bluemountainheart.org; online see www.bluemountainheart.org or visit them on Facebook.

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Retired librarian Joe Drazan is a lean, mean photo compiling/editing machine. He has put together a second volume of historic photos on CD, all taken from the pages of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

There are 1,000 photos of historic Walla Walla from the U-B's annual progress editions circa 1934-1976.

The second CD features more than 1,000 additional photos, Drazan said.

In the second group, 750 images were copied from microfilm.

The remainder came from the newsprint and range through decades from the 1880s to 1990s.

Images on both discs have file names and dates, to aid with searching.

Sale of the CDs, for $10 each, will benefit the Walla Walla Public Library, where they can be bought, at 238 E. Alder St., or call 527-4550.

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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