Etcetera - 11/17/11


The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association honored DeSales Catholic High School football team, 2B Football Academic State Champs.

Nancy Metro, Walla Walla Catholic Schools director of admissions and community relations, said in a release that Coach Pat Graham fosters a keen sense of athleticism and a high regard for academics.

The award can be earned by teams with an average 3.0 GPA or higher. The team with an average of 3.0-3.49 qualifies for the Distinguished Team Award, a team with an average of 3.50-4.0 qualifies for the Outstanding Team Award, and the team with the highest average GPA for its activities and classification level is recognized as Academic State Champion.

This isn't the first time a sports team from DeSales has been given this award, Nancy said. Last year the DeSales volleyball team garnered the Academic State Champions title. Athletic director is Greg Fazzari.


Brrrrrrrr. Hey, baby, it's cold outside ... . In a snuggle-up operation, Helpline is holding its fall blanket drive to benefit the homeless and families in need. Clean, reasonably good-condition blankets of all sizes are needed.

Last year, the social service agency received hundreds of blankets that it passed on. Individuals, organizations and groups interested in donating blankets or hosting a drive may contact Daniel Willms, executive director,, or Wendy Gonzales at Helpline, 529-3377. Blanket donations may be made at the Helpline office, 16 S. Colville St.


So there was Walla Wallan Karen Morton lunching with her mother al fresco in London in early November when she looked up and beheld friends from Walla Walla, Barb and John Knowlton, en route to South Africa. Small world getting smaller and a "jaw-dropping surprise for us all," Karen said.


Family physician and tai chi master Paul Lam, known around the world for his health programs, visited Walla Walla for a training workshop Oct. 29.

Paul, who came to Walla Walla from Australia, was guest of honor at an afternoon tea Oct. 28 at Many Waters Wellness Center, 820 Sprague Ave.

He led a full workshop in "Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis," a program developed by the Arthritis Foundation as safe and effective for its practitioners.

Many Waters owner Sandi Wicher, a senior instructor for Paul, scheduled the visit more than a year ago. She said the trip is a rare opportunity to bring the workshop to students and instructors on the West Coast.

For more information on tai chi for health programs, contact Wicher at 509-386-4305.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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