Etcetera - 02/22/11

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If you are thinking about coming to the Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain Chapter 258 banquet, now is the time to send in the registration forms, said Jim Sonne, president. The event's coming up Saturday at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center, 363 Orchard St. The fundraiser will kick off with a social hour at 4 p.m. Prime rib or salmon dinners from Graze Catering will be served at 6 p.m.

The group has collected $14,000-plus in donations, Jim said. "That is almost three times more than we had last year, plus we have purchased over $15,000 worth of merchandise."

The $1 raffle tickets offer prizes that have increased in value, which are available by calling Jim at 525-3550 or Alison at 509-432-6425.

Out of the 300 items that were donated or purchased, the chapter has 88 items that are worth more than $50 and as high as $600, not including an ATV or 16 guns, he said.

Other items that will help the group raise funds for its local conservation efforts and youth programs are: a German shorthair puppy and $175 gift certificate at a veterinarian; a party for 20 at the Red Monkey; a party for eight at the Stone Hut; at least four golf certificates; at least four hotel or resort certificates, including Wildhorse Resort & Casino for golf and hotel; a jet boat trip; a resort stay for two nights on the Oregon coast; two $250 gift certificates from Les Schwab; more than 40 bottles of local wine; a carpet valued at $600; and a catered party for 10. Additional information is available online at bmpf258.org to print a registration form.

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Walla Walla Chapter 12, Daughter of the Pioneers of Washington, is offering a $500 scholarship to a student residing in Walla Walla County, Dayton or Milton-Freewater.

Qualifications include being a descendant of a person who established residence in Washington state during or prior to 1870, Oregon state during or prior to 1853, Idaho state during or prior to 1863 or Montana state, west of the Rocky Mountains crest during or prior to 1863.

Area school administrators have scholarship application packets available, according to a release from Dorothy Hall, scholarship committee member.

For more details, contact her at 522-0923.

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Walla Wallan Rose Peterson earned an associate of applied science degree in health sciences from Kaplan University. Her accomplishment was celebrated during a graduation ceremony Feb. 5 in Miami. The KU winter 2011 class included more than 5,600 graduates who earned their degrees online.

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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