ETCETERA - Centenarians celebrate 202 years between them

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From left, photos of Anne Zimmerman and Nellie Briggs appear on a birthday cake along with the image of the late Margaret Heumphreus, who was born Aug. 10, 1911, and died Aug. 2, 2011, just days shy of her 100th birthday.

Between them, Nellie Briggs and Anne Zimmerman have lived 202 years. The longtime Walla Walla Valley residents celebrated their birthdays with a party on Aug. 3 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center.

Nellie was born July 26, 1909. In the early 1940s, she cooked at logging camps in the Blue Mountains and central Idaho. She raised son Ted Duncan alone during the 1950s while serving as a housekeeper for numerous families in Lewiston. They moved to Walla Walla in 1961. Now 102, Nellie has been a member of Village Seventh Day Adventist Church in College Place for more than 50 Years.

Born July 30, 1911, in Bozeman Mont., Anne grew up on a farm and remembers milking their cows several times a day.

She traveled extensively with her family to Europe and Alaska following her husband's work in construction building roads and highways. She's known for her great sense of humor, said Kim Mayer-Throw, activity director at Park Manor.

Anne has a son, Richard, a daughter, Raylene, and 10 grandchildren.

The Fisher House program is a private-public partnership that supports America's military members in times of need.

It recognizes the sacrifices made by the nation's men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, according to a release.

Families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers will find nearby Fisher Houses provide a home-away-from-home atmosphere. The 54 Fisher Houses in the United States and Germany are normally within walking distance of treatment facilities or have transportation available.

Fisher House also offers its Scholarships for Military Children Program, now in its 11th year. In its first 10 years 5,402 sons and daughters of commissary patrons have shared $8,311,000 in scholarship grants. The students were selected from a pool of nearly 58,000 applicants. The program is open to the offspring of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers.

Recipients must be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a four-year undergraduate college or university, accredited in the U. S. They must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA basis.

The 2011 scholarship program closed on Feb. 22. The 2012 program will open in December.

More information about Fisher House services is available at militaryscholar.org/index.html, including its scholarships for military spouses and Heroes' Legacy scholarships or to make donations to help military families.

Waitsburg Commercial Club has been serving up barbecued salmon for a good cause for more than half a century now.

The service group's 54th annual salmon barbecue will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Don Thomas Community building on 10th Street in Waitsburg. Admission for this event, for those 21 and older, is $25 per person. Proceeds are applied to local programs.

Tickets are available at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dayton American West Bank, Waitsburg Grocery and Waitsburg Hardware & Mercantile. For tickets by mail, call 509-337-6688.

Dusty Maland has been swooshing down ski slopes since he was a sixth-grader in 1952 at Spout Springs Ski Resort.

His lifelong love of alpine skiing evolved into a half century of dedicated service to the National Ski Patrol.

The Walla Walla man accepted a 50-year Service Recognition Award during the Pacific Northwest Division-NSP convention Aug. 13-14 in Twin Falls, Idaho.

After graduation from Walla Walla High School in 1958, Dusty went to Grand Junction, Colo., and then attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., also known as "Ski Bum U."

When it started to snow, he hit the slopes every winter quarter so it took him longer to graduate - in 1966 - from Western State.

During that time, he became a member of the professional ski patrol and patrolled at Crested Butte (Colo.) Ski Area and Grand Mesa Ski Area in Mesa, Colo.

Dusty nearly has 50 years invested at Spout Springs where he volunteers for ski patrol and remembers when the area expanded from four rope tows and a T-bar to the addition of two chairlifts in 1966.

He retired from a 33-year career as a firefighter with the Walla Walla County Fire Department, but remains active as current secretary-treasurer of Station 3.

He has served as director of the Spout Springs Ski Patrol and on division committees. He has also been assistant regional director for the Southern Idaho Region. He is currently equipment chairman for the Southern Idaho Region of the National Ski Patrol.

Now in his early 70s, Dusty plans to continue his ski patrol duties. He also owns and operates Dusty's Ski and Snowboard Shop in Walla Walla.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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