Etcetera - 12/12/11

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Santa is warming up his ho-ho-hos for a visit to the Weston Public Library, 87 School St.

The jolly old elf will be there from 4-6 p.m. Thursday. He's attending at the invitation of the Weston-Athena Lions Club. For more details, call 541-566-2378.

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A wish Carl Walk first dreamed about at age 12 came to fruition recently. The 18-year-old earned his Eagle Scout rank and will be honored with a 7 p.m. Wednesday ceremony at the College Place Lions Club, 801 Larch St.

He's still working on another wish, to become a successful author, according to his parents, David and Crystal Walk.

Carl enlisted the assistance of fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 343 to earn scouting's highest award. He had to earn a minimum 21 merit badges, advance through five scout ranks and complete a major community service project.

He undertook the installation of a sound system in the Lions Community Building. "It was fun and a great learning experience," Carl said.

"Our Lions Club sponsors a Boy Scout troop and we often support Boy Scouts with their Eagle service projects," said Jerry Davis, Boy Scout Charter Organization representative and the Lions Club treasurer. We were happy to work with Carl on his project and to honor him with his Eagle Ceremony."

In all, 19 volunteers worked a total of 73 hours on the project. Carl's technical advisor for the installation was Bill Storms, technology services director at Walla Walla Community College. And Billy Stahlheber, service team leader at Doyle Electric, carried out the electrical work.

Boy Scouts Jason Ioala, Brendan Smith, Nicolai Morrison, Jaren Rudie, Christopher Pereyda, Brennan Barberich, Jeremy Marley and Timothy Rudie worked with speaker wire and installed ceiling speakers for the sound system's amplifier and distribution hub.

Scout leaders David Rudie, Steve Bushman, Eddie Pereyda and Preston Fredrickson joined Lions members Jerry Davis, Annette Rudie, David Nichols and Crystal and David in helping Carl and the Scouts complete the project.

Carl said, "The new sound system benefits the Lions Club and the community."

The Lions Community building is now a more attractive building for groups and events to use.

People and groups typically rent the building for family gatherings, events and club meetings.

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