It's show time! Milton-Freewater Drive-In to debut 50th year


Owners of the M-F Drive-In Theater are gearing up for the debut of their 50th season.

Provided the weather cooperates, opening weekend is expected March 25, according to an announcement on the drive-in's Facebook page.

The films have not been determined yet. That detail won't be known until closer to the opening.

Owners Dick and Loretta Spiess took over the helm of the outdoor movie theater in 1961. The operation is a family affair manned, in part, by their children and grandchildren at 84322 Highway 11, at the corner of Sunnyside Road.

The cost is $6 apiece for those 12 and older; $1 for kids 6-12; and free for kids younger than 6.


The owners of Salumiere Cesario are thinking green this week. As in St. Patrick's Day.

With the holiday two weeks out, the gourmet grocer at 20 N. Second Ave. is lining up orders for its corned beef briskets. Shop owners Damon and Colby Burke get the brisket from Thundering Hooves and brine it in-house for 10 full days before serving.

Those interested in placing an order must do so by the end of this week. Orders of all sizes are accepted.

Generally a half of a brisket piece is around 5 pounds once finished. The cost is $6.50 per pound. To place an order or for more details, call 529-5620.


The Home Loan Center crew will host its own take on a Mardi Gras celebration this week with a "Pardi Gras Open House."

The Walla Walla mortgage office at 1 E. Main St. will host a two-hour event Thursday to welcome Janis Craig to the team and congratulate team member Jesse Goodwater, who recently became licensed as a loan consultant.

The party starts at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear purple, green and gold. The Home Loan Center will provide the beads. Prizes will be awarded for those who wear the best mask and the craziest hat.


The Scottish Rite Foundation of Washington has scholarship funds available for college students.

The Masonic organization is offering $2,500 scholarships. The requirements: The funds are offered to U.S. citizens living in the state of Washington and attending an accredited four-year college or university as a junior or senior in the state. The student must have a 3.0 or better grade point average.

To schedule an appointment for an interview, call Paul Schneidmiller, owner of World Wide Travel Service and director of the Walla Walla area Scottish Rite organization at 525-8040. The cutoff date for consideration at March 25.


Key Technology's 2010 annual report was listed at one of the top 50 winners gallery in what is described as the world's largest annual report competition.

The League of American Communication Professional's annual Vision Awards in the annual report competition also recognized the Walla Walla manufacturing firm's report with a Platinum Award, the highest honor offered for annual reports in its industry category.

The report was the result of a partnership between Key Technology and College Place corporate communications firm CMBell Company. On the cover was a photo of fresh produce taken at the top of Whitman Mission and designed to convey Key's role in ensuring product purity, freshness and quality, according to an announcement from CMBell.

More than 4,400 entries representing 25 countries were received in the competition. Other winners included Cisco Systems, Munich Airport, Monsanto India, Office Depot Foundation, DirecTV, Xerox and Whirlpool.

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


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