ETCETERA - Organizers: Volunteers make Teddy Bear Tea a success

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A team of volunteers made the fifth annual Walla Walla Retired School Employees Association Teddy Bear Show and Tea a great success, according to organizers.

There were 265 people in attendance at the Feb. 26 event.

The association annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to students who plan to enter the teaching profession, said WWRSEA member Dee Aichele. The result of the tea is that the 2012 scholarships are secure, she said.

Volunteers made it happen. One of them was the mother of a prior scholarship recipient who wanted to help another student who plans to become a teacher.

Some volunteered donations and some helped with the handsewn articles for the bear store, Dee said.

Bear-related activities included the Coloring Table, Bear Story corner and a raffle for two handmade bears.

Exhibits featured a collection of Hoyer dolls depicting the four seasons. Raggedy Ann and Andy tables illustrated the history of Raggedy Ann and Andy that dates back to 1917.

Another featured display contained a handmade sled with a huge handmade bear coasting through a snowy wood.

Bears made of the softest Alpaca fur were popular, Dee added. In addition, Goldein Photography Co. was available for photos.

"It is a thrill for our dedicated volunteers of Unit 31 to realize that our Teddy Bear Show and Tea has become a community event to assist prospective teachers," Dee said.

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Because blueberries didn't have a good season last year it impacted Lyla and Clark Lampson's blueberry farm in Milton-Freewater. The couple generally uses funds from their growing operation to support Cats Galore but they're struggling to make ends meet for the shelter, said Kay Nash via e-mail.

The Lampsons "work very hard to meet the needs of the rescue cats, but it has been a difficult year for them," Kay said.

Cats Galore could benefit from some financial support. Kay recommends voting for the shelter on a daily basis at the website animalrescuesite.com and shelters win a large amount of money. Local people may donate money or time to help them out, Kay added.

Through its trap-neuter-return program, Cats Galore works primarily with spayed/neutered stray cats and kittens and tamed feral kittens.

The no-kill facility doesn't euthanize cats unless they are terminally ill and in pain or have very little quality of life remaining, according to the Lampsons' website. The site notes they've been doing this for five years and now the shelter is always overfull. They've stopped taking in cats and now work to decrease the number of adoptable cats in the shelter.

Their adoption fee is $50 for kittens under 4 months old; $35 for 4 months to 5 years, and $10 for older cats or cats with physical shortcomings that make them harder to adopt.

Adopters receive a small bag of Science Diet food and a DVD that shows how to care for a newly adopted cat.

Every other Saturday and Sunday the cats can be seen at Petco in Walla Walla and on alternate weeks at Wags to Whiskers, 1903 E. Isaacs Ave.

An appointment must be made to see the cats at other times.

E-mail Lyla at lampsonl@motioncodec.com or leave a message at 541-938-4711.

The shelter is at the Blueberry Farm on Walla Walla River Road, 54738 Day Road, 2 miles southeast of Milton-Freewater, on the road to Harris Park. Online, Cats Galore is at www.milton-freewaterhumanesociety.org and cats it currently has for adoption are on www.petfinder.com .

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There appears to be no rest for the historically intrigued. Take Joe Drazan, for example. A retired Whitman College librarian, Joe enjoys seeking out old photos and compiling discs of .jpeg images dating from the 1880s into the 1990s. The sale of resulting CDs from his hobby raise funds for the Walla Walla Public Library.

His latest collection, Volume 3, features 1,900 photos from Abbie Mosner Simmons' scrapbooks. Her photos date from the 1930s to the 1980s and are not duplicated on previous discs Joe has assembled.

The 1,000 historic photos in Volume 1 are from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin's annual Progress Editions from 1934 to 1976; and Volume 2 offers 1,000 more photos taken from microfilm or newsprint that range from the 1880s into the 1990s.

To aid in searching, each image has a file name and date. Volumes 1 and 2 are $10 each; Volume 3 is $20.

They are sold at the Library, 238 E. Alder St. Call 527-4550 for more details.

Joe is currently on the lookout for snapshots of downtown parades from before 1990 to scan into his collection. Call him at 529-5078 or e-mail skippycat3@charter.net . More of Joe's work is visible at www.wallawalladrazanphotos.blogspot.com/

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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