Etcetera - 11/14/11

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Sven Arild Storberget, a researcher with the Feelgood Film & TV production company in Oslo, Norway, contacted the U-B seeking folks in the U.S. of Norwegian heritage to feature on the program "Uncle in America."

While we don't have the types of things they feature, such as shark fishing, gold mining, under-city exploring -- unless you count the aquifer and how much water we can store there -- or UFO researchers, we do have some experience with Bigfoot sightings.

But in terms of Norwegian heritage, Sven's in luck with Walla Walla as we have the Sons of Norway Bla Fjell Lodge here. According to information online, Martha K. Clinehens is president.

The group meets monthly at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Second Ave. They host events that introduce the community to Norwegian food and other customs.

The show's two TV hosts "want to experience the best and most fascinating the state of Washington has to offer," Sven added.

I sent them some details about our history and what the community is like now.

They'll be in Washington for a week, beginning on Dec. 9.

For more information, contact Sven at sven@feelgoodmail.no or by cell phone at 0047-412-08-445

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Members of Alpha Beta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will host their annual holiday bazaar.

Baked goods and other items will be sold at the event from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 19 in the Fireside Room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 S. Roosevelt St.

Refreshments will be provided. Proceeds raised will benefit such philanthropic projects as multiple sclerosis research, Easter Seals and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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A U-B story that colleague Andy Porter wrote about Nat Small on Nov. 6 reported the Walla Walla native received the Bronze Star with Valor Device for actions during his service in Afghanistan.

The fourth highest combat award in the U.S. armed forces, it was presented to Nat on Nov. 4 at the Marine Corps Ball in Yakima.

The son of Mark and Kathleen Small of Walla Walla, Nat was a Marine Corps lance corporal and an assistant team leader of a scout sniper platoon in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.

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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