Etcetera - 08/24/11

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Italian Heritage Association honored Walla Wallan Jim Bock with the John P. Destito Jr. Non-Italian award. Presented by IHA member Carmy Buttice, the award was created in his memory in 1992 by John Destito's four sons and widow. It recognizes community members who promote Italian heritage.

Sometimes called 'the voice of the valley', Jim began radio broadcasting in 1979. He's been able to live here all along, in the town he loves, while gaining experience in radio, cable television and marketing.

Radio station KUJ describes Jim as an unabashed Walla Walla Valley booster whose "interest in its people are manifest every morning on KUJ's Walla Walla Live with Jim Bock."

He attended Walla Walla University and sought advanced studies at San Diego University. His communications and drama background has led him to theatrical stages in Walla Walla, Portland, Spokane and London. He's also acted and directed productions at The Little Theatre of Walla Walla.

Many know him for his distinctive announcing at the annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

Jim extends his community involvement to serving on many boards and committees including United Way, College Place PTA, Exchange Club of Walla Walla and Little Theatre.

KUJ's website notes that Jim is very happily married to Ester, has a son, Brandon by a previous marriage, and he gained three sons and daughters-in-law and five grandchildren in his extended family.

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The following Western Washington University graduates earned their degrees and were awarded diplomas.

Walla Walla: Mariana Cains, bachelor's in environmental science/environmental toxicology; Benjamin Harter, bachelor's in general studies; Joel Klipfel, master's in mathematics.

In addition, three local students were named to WWU's roll. To qualify, students must complete at least 14 graded credit hours during a quarter and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Waitsburg: Amanda Weis, honor roll.

Walla Walla: Timothy Duffy, 4.0 GPA; Ann Lowe, honor roll.

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Sweet Adelines Blue Mountain Chorus is gearing up for its annual stage production, which this year will focus on songs by composers that folks love to sing.

"They Write the Songs" will be presented Oct. 14-15 at the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts auditorium, 500 Tausick Way, according to director Darlene Filla.

Expect to hear tunes by Gershwin, Lennon and McCartney, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Leonard Cohen and Taylor Swift, to name a few. In addition, featured performers include Kevin Loomer, Nathan Loomer, Richele Loney Cougar Henderson and Blueprint quartet.

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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