Etcetera - 08/11/11

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Sept. 10 will be an auspicious day for members of the McLoughlin High School Class of 1971. That's when they'll gather for their 40th reunion at the American Legion Building, 424 N.E. Eighth St., Milton-Freewater. Doors will open at 3 p.m., said classmate Corky York.

Attire is casual for the event, which begins at 10 a.m. with a tour of the high school, followed by a time of sharing in the auditorium.

The committee is looking for several classmates and anyone knowing their whereabouts may call 541-938-6056 or email cyork@pocketinet.com: Darrel Patteson, Dave McElrath, Steve Forthman, Bruce Schofield, James Steward, Gail Mitchell, Larry Schneider, Victor Whitmore, Malinda Schlatter, Janice Graf Woodlee, Marion Longacre, Juanita Mangis, Terry McClure, Laura Lee Repplinger, Bill Mobley and Ron Weber.

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Tim Phillips, who was heavily involved in the recent Walla Walla Rock Camp as photographer/videographer said he's producing DVDs and photo discs for the families and instructors who participated.

The discs will include the week's activities, candid shots and group portraits.

A second disc will feature the culminating concert at Crawford Park on Main Street. The discs will be ready in late August and can be ordered for $10 a set at Melody Muffler, 429 S. Ninth Ave. , or call 525-8600. Proceeds will help fund next year's Rock Camp.

The free education program was July 25-29 and 80 youths participated.

"What makes me the proudest is that they were able to take teenagers with no formal musical training, coach them with four days of lessons and showcase their new-learned talents like pros on stage in front of a large receptive crowd," said Jim McGwinn, owner of Hot Poop.

He was one of many contributors who helped make the camp a happening thing.

Barbecue lunches were courtesy of Kari Savelesky of Copier Service and J.D. Smith, and the Walla Walla Symphony also did yeoman's duty to make the camp a success, Tim added.

Tim was joined by a number of current and former area residents who offered instruction: Glen Ayers, Afro-Cuban drums and percussion; Jared Pennington, guitar; Anthony Barba, guitar tech/studio production; Marquel Faller, bass guitar; Patrick Kofler, do-it-yourself custom T-shirts; Phil Lynch, guitar/surf band coordinator; Jeremy Gradwohl, journalism; Nicolai Carrera, guitar; Gary Winston, guitar; Johnny Johnson, vocals/guitar; Erika Ingersoll, vocals; Tim Phillips, photo/video documentation; and Mike Hammond, equipment/artist relations.

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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