Go Sweets! Signups taken for 'Sweet Lou's Bing Bang Rally Gang'

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Young baseball fans can join the official kids club of the Walla Walla Sweets, which launches Saturday morning at the Walla Walla YMCA.

"Sweet Lou's Bing Bang Rally Gang" will take signups 9:30-10:30 a.m. The club is presented by Sweet Basil Pizzeria, the local family-owned pizzeria that's been serving pies, slices, calzones and more on downtown's First Avenue since 2006.

"Families make up the core of our Walla Walla community, and we are thrilled to bring kids, pizza and Sweets baseball together," said Sweet Basil co-owner Stephanie Bowen, in the announcement.

A variety of membership levels are offered for the kids club. The highest level is the Grand Slam, followed by the Home Run and Double membership levels. Each one comes with general admission tickets to a special Bing Bang Rally Gang game (July 29), a personalized membership club, a Nike Bing Bang Rally Gang drawstring bag, a Sweets souvenir program and discounts to the Sweets Shoppe and Sweet Basil Pizzeria.

For more details, visit www.wallawallasweets.com/community/bingbangrallygang.

A few more details on that Sterling Savings branch slated for the corner of Ninth Avenue and Rose Street:

The new branch will be known as a "convenience center" and will include a drive-up lane and ATM, said Cara Coon, spokeswoman for Spokane-based Sterling Savings

Coon said Thursday the new branch, an addition to the existing Main Street branch in downtown Walla Walla, is expected to open by the end of the third quarter or beginning of the fourth.

Sterling Savings had long planned to build its footprint in Walla Walla with a second branch at that location, Coon said.

The plan was delayed while the company worked to strengthen its capital position per regulatory action.

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

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