Rocio DeLaTorre, housekeeping/laundry supervisor at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, marshaled efforts of fellow staffers to aid a town in Mexico.
Rocio hails from Colonia Madero, Zacatecas, Mexico, a village of 694 citizens.
The majority of the work available in the area is agricultural, working in vineyards that grow table grapes, Mike Henckel, admissions director, said in a release. He's standing directly behind Rocio in the photo at right.
The staff and others from the Walla Walla community donated more than 200 pairs of shoes that Rocio distributed while on a visit to see her family.
"Word spread quickly about the gifts she brought and families would come to her house daily to pick out a ‘new' pair of shoes," Mike said.
Rocio told Mike the recipients felt very grateful to receive such thoughtful, nice gifts. "The staff at Park Manor was thankful to be able to share in such a direct and simple way the blessings we have with those less fortunate," Mike said.
Most of the shoes were freighted to Colonia Madero. Mike said they hope to continue the shoe and clothing collecting effort so that every time Rocio visits, she can bring new contributions with her.
There are many reasons to explore Fort Walla Walla Museum, including a new attraction for younger visitors: a playfort installed last year by members of Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary.
It resembles a fur-trade era trading post of the early 1800s, said Paul Franzmann, communications manager. It even has a Hudson's Bay Co. flag the museum acquired early this year to fly over top to complete the look.
Walla Walla's Moms' Network, headed by president Beth Swanson, began making it a destination for its Friday play dates last spring and continued to do so throughout the summer, Paul said in a release.
"The Moms' Network members had a great summer at Fort Walla Walla Museum," Beth said. "It is a perfect place to gather. The facility is family-friendly with a picnic area, bathrooms, shade, the play structure and the best part is the entire facility is fenced in. It is a perfect place to spend time together while the children run and play in a safe environment."
"This was great for the museum," Paul added. "We sold a lot of memberships - a key portion of our financial base - to families who appreciated the opportunity to bring their children many times over to a safe, wonderful place."
The museum generates a lot of comments, that are placed in its suggestion box near the playfort.
"We'll be back. This is an amazing museum!' came from a Portland family. A couple from Boston wrote that "The museum is a wonderful creation. Splendid exhibits, old treasures, farm implement history. An important place." A new local family making its first visit said, "Very well done. A very enjoyable experience. We will return!"
And on a small pad of yellow legal paper written in a child's hand was "I like it. I like your playset."
"We knew the fort would be popular with our shorter visitors, but never anticipated that we'd be the focus of play dates for so many families. We saw lots of families picnicking on the grounds this year and hosted several birthday parties near the playfort this year, too."
The Museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving Day, through Dec. 23. After the first of the year, hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The Museum Store is available to visitors without admission charge throughout the year.
The Seattle Times Food & Wine section online featured an item on archived newspaper recipes on Oct. 23 by Nancy Leson, Seattle Times food writer.
Scores of readers responded to her musings and named recipes they've clipped, saved and appreciated since.
Reader Rosemary Soper noted her all-time favorite was an Oct. 1, 1950, recipe from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin for Genuine Italian Meatballs. She's been producing the dish for 61 years now and the tattered clip is encased in plastic so it won't be completly ruined. Mrs. Robert Lamperti is the source for the clipping. "She is pictured (in her kitchen apron, of course) making the meatballs," Rosemary said.
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