ETCETERA - Salmon feed to benefit senior nutrition program

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Senior Round Table, which brings area communities the Meals on Wheels nutrition program, will host its eighth annual Bristol Bay wild Alaskan red salmon barbecue dinner.

The fundraiser will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at The Center at the Park/Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center, 720 Sprague Ave.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

A complete dinner with salad bar will be served up with entertainment. It's a fun evening for a local cause, organizers say. For more details, call 527-3775.

Under way for more than 30 years, the nutrition program is available to those 60 and older and their spouses.

"This dinner is our biggest fundraising effort of the year, where we have 300 in attendance for a delicious gala dinner. We hope to raise enough funds to continue a healthy level of services to senior citizens in the region, serving over 50,000 meals per year with many volunteers and a small, but excellent staff," said Howard Ostby, director, Senior Round Table Nutrition Program.

Volunteers deliver hot or frozen Meals-on-Wheels and hot congregate meals are served in a social setting.

Income criteria and membership fees are not necessary, but suggested $3 donations are accepted, although not required. They also accept food stamps (Quest cards).

Therapeutic diets may be offered and diet counseling is available.

Meals are served at The Center at the Park, Waitsburg Presbyterian Church, 504 Main St.; Burbank Grange Hall, 208 S. Fourth St.; Dayton Senior Center, 403 E. Patit St.; and Pomeroy Senior Center, 695 Main St.

Find out more at seniors.bmi.net/, ostby@bmi.net or 527-3775.

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Edward C. Mills served Walla Walla County as a Superior Court judge from 1912 to 1926. Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht is seeking information about Mills, including biographical details and photos. Contact Judge Schacht at P.O. Box 836, Walla Walla, or call 524-2795.

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The College Place Lions Club is now linked to new websites. By searching for the club name online, it's easy to find the interconnected sites: www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/collegeplacewa/ and sites.google.com/site/collegeplacelions/

Dave Walk, first vice president, said the new e-clubhouse.org site showcases Lions International and the College Place Lions. They built the new site under the guidance of Lions web consultant Winster D. Ceballos, while attending the Lions International convention in Seattle.

The Google website offers large format photo slideshows and important Lions documents, Dave said. Those who have attended parades and other events in College Place where Lions members have been present, may find images of themselves enjoying the day.

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As Grant Farmer Post 992 Commander Elaine Vandiver says, what better way to kick off the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days than to participate in the post's annual Cowboy Breakfast?

Members of the post will host the community fundraiser at 102 N. Colville St. from 7-9:30 a.m. Sept. 3. Diners can fuel up on eggs, sausage, pancakes, juice and coffee for $5 per person. The parade will follow at 10 a.m. on a route through downtown.

Elaine is the freshly minted new commander, the first woman in this role for the post, according to the August-September Post & Auxiliary News. She and husband Mike moved to the Walla Walla Valley in 2008 for their jobs with the Walla Walla District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A former U.S. Army sergeant, she served with the 864th Combat Engineer Battalion based at Fort Lewis.

She deployed for 12 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the day war started in 2003, she crossed over the border from Kuwait into Iraq. Also an Army veteran, Mike currently serves in the Washington Army National Guard.

Elaine assumed the commandership from Fil Rivera, show had served the local veterans' group for several years with wife Paulette Rivera as president.

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The VFW Auxiliary has a new slate of officers, according to president Wilma McBain. She will serve with Joyce Lovell, senior vice president, and Renee Eggleston, junior vice president.

Among projects this VFW post undertakes is packing and sending boxes of goodies and useful items to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. To have your military person be a recipient, call the post at 525-1310.

VFW and Auxiliary members sponsor the Voice of Democracy and Junior Essays writing contests for the area's young people, including home-schooled students. Regional winners have a chance at the VOD national top prize of $30,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Online, see www.vfw.org or www.ladiesauxvfw.org or call the post for more details.

VFW members are about community service, including volunteering at church, helping senior citizens with shopping and transportation needs, doing yard work and so forth.

Member Lisa Bigelow is fielding requests from family members with relations serving in Iraq and Afghanistan who would like to receive Blue Star flags to display. Call her at 509-876-1808 or at the post.

And Brian Bigelow and Larry Diederich are working toward the establishment of a VFW men's auxiliary in Walla Walla. If you are a husband, widower, father, grandfather, son, grandson, full or half brother of someone qualified for but not necessarily a member of VFW and would like to become a member, call Brian at 386-8528 or Larry at 301-0751 for details.

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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