Etcetera - 10/07/11

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Bill Hickey's hopes for a restored 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado were nearly dashed when the car's control panel took a wrong turn and went AWOL. A little bird told me Bill bought the vehicle about a year ago and proceeded to have it restored. The work dragged on and on, my source said.

At one point the entire dashboard was shipped to California for restoration, but was lost in transit so they had to find another.

No more tales of woe now, however, as the Toronado, painted a shade of the original factory blue, is home and restored to like new.

Wikipedia notes the two-door coupe came out of General Motors' Oldsmobile division between 1966-1992.

The word "Toronado" was originally invented for a 1963 Chevrolet show car and has no definition. Oldsmobile's full-size personal luxury car was built to compete with the Ford Thunderbird. It was the first front-wheel drive automobile produced in the United States since 1937. It could have been named a Raven, a Scirocco or Magnum, the latter two of which were later selected by Volkswagen and Dodge, respectively.

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The Fill the Bus food drive is rounding the corner. Walla Walla School District personnel and area Realtors are teaming again to collect donations for the Care and Share food drive to benefit the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

Students, staff, parents, friends and neighbors can get involved in this effort.

The Fill the Bus drive will be at area grocery stores from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15.

On Oct. 15-16 volunteers will distribute collection bags to area homes and then pick them up the next day.

Non-perishable food items may be donated during Walla Walla High School home football games.

Collection barrels are now in place at all district schools

Demand is at an all-time high, project coordinator Peter Swant told the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Walla Walla High School's varsity football Coach Eric Hisaw joined the Coach to Cure MD campaign in the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He is participating along with 500-plus high schools and universities nationwide.

Wa-Hi is the first high school in the state of Washington to participate, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online reported. And Washington State University is also involved.

When Wa-Hi played Davis High School at Borleske Stadium on Sept. 30, coaches from both teams sported armbands showing their support for the Coach to Cure MD and the fight against the disease. Mostly affecting boys, the progressive muscle disorder causes loss of muscle function and independence, including a decline in respiratory and cardiac function.

More information is available from Amanda Hammond at 208-284-6640.

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One boy out of every 3,500 live male births will be diagnosed with Duchenne, the release noted. "There is no cure but there is great hope and promising treatments on the horizon. Boys in Walla Walla are fighting the disorder. Donations were gathered throughout the game.

Coach to Cure MD is a partnership between Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the American Football Coaches Association. The goal of Coach to Cure MD is to raise national awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and to raise money to fund research for a cure.

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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