Etcetera - 03/31/11

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Walla Walla siblings Conner and Alicia Boucher recently served as pages together in the Washington House of Representatives. Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, sponsored the pair.

During their week in Olympia, Conner and Alicia attended page school, learned how a bill becomes a law and watched firsthand the actions of the Legislature.

Conner, 15, is a Walla Walla High School sophomore, and Alicia, 14, is an eighth-grader at Garrison Middle School. Their parents are Harold and Elizabeth Boucher.

To become a page, students must have a GPA of C-plus or higher and obtain permission from their parents and school. Applicants must also have a legislative sponsor.

Paging duties vary from ceremonial tasks, such as presenting the flags, to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions. Additional information about the House page program is at www.leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.

Gamma Epsilon Gamma Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority members gathered amid 1938-39 graduation posters and red carnations to honor two longtime members. Pins for 75-year memberships went to Ernestine Peringer Gillis and Roberta Fleming Miller during a luncheon meeting March 12 at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Now of Spokane, Ernestine was initiated in 1935 and Roberta, of Lowden, was initiated in 1936. They joined Beta Zeta chapter at Whitman College in their respective freshman years, said fellow member Barbara Danforth via e-mail.

"Remaining close friends since college days made the occasion very special and the reunion delightful," Barbara said. Historical sketches of their college years and the commemorative pins were presented along with congratulatory letters from the national Alpha Chi Omega president. Family members who shared in the festivities were Ernestine's daughter Cheryl and husband Norman Scott of Spokane; Roberta's daughters Cynthia, husband Tom Thompson and son Kevin of Tri-Cities, and Diane and husband Jon St. Hilaire, and Nadine Dysart, all of Walla Walla.

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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