Drive rounds up diapers by the hundreds

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A two-month diaper drive led by The Moms' Network and supported by local businesses raised by more than 2,500 diapers for families in need.

The Moms' Network announced Tuesday 2,543 diapers were collected by the group and with help from dropoff locations at the Plaza Way Safeway, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walmart, Kmart and the YMCA.

The diapers were delivered to Helpline, the social service agency for families in need.

This year's efforts bested the 2010 Diaper Drive, when 1,600 diapers were collected.

"We are so excited about the donation numbers," said Amy Reed, board member for The Moms' Network. "Helpline has had an increase in diaper demand and these donations were needed. Walla Walla is a tremendously giving community and we are so thankful to the businesses, TMN members and the community for embracing this fundraiser."

Though the Diaper Drive is officially over, donations are still accepted at Helpline, 16 S. Colville St.

For more information on The Moms' Network, visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or call Beth Swanson at 301-7471.

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With Father's Day on Sunday, the owners of Tumac Outdoor and Tumac Machinery are showcasing gift ideas to make dads happy every other day of the year.

More specifically: grills, gadgets and lawn gear. Tumac Outdoor, 902 W. Rose St. in Walla Walla and 218 W. Main St. in Dayton, and Tumac Machinery, 3037 Melrose Ave., are enticing consumers with Father's Day gift ideas.

Traeger Grills and Kamado Joe Grills are among them, as are gourmet grilling products and accessories, including tools, grill covers, hard wood pellets and more.

Tumac owners have also announced special financing options on many of the operation's lawn mowers, chain saws, string trimmers and rototillers. That includes items from John Deere, Kubota, Honda Power Equipment, Husqvarna, STIHL, Walker and more.

The stores can be reached at 525-4550 or 525-2010, or online at www.tumacoutdoor.com or www.tumacmachinery.com.

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Shari's Restaurants has cooked up a new menu. The Beaverton, Ore.,-based restaurant chain, which operates in Walla Walla on Ninth Avenue, is featuring new products, healthier alternatives and more.

"Shari's has always been a great family restaurant offering great food at a great value," said Kevin Bechtel, Shari's senior vice president of menu development, in the announcement. "But now we have a series of new offerings designed to appeal to a growing demographic that expects more fresh, seasonal and locally sourced products."

The menu features a new design that allows the pages to be switched out more frequently with the changing seasons. It also has a "LiteStyles" section for healthier items. Other additions include comfort foods that had been limited-time offerings, such as chicken and waffles. A more guest-friendly layout was also part of the changeover in restaurants throughout the Northwest, Bechtel said.

Shari's, founded in 1978, is a 24-hour restaurant with 104 locations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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