ETCETERA - Pantry Shelf's new manager has food industry background

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Pantry Shelf Food Share of Walla Walla recently hired Tom Galloway to fill its manager post.

A retired certified chef, Tom was general manager for several big chain restaurants during his career in the food industry.

Most recently he was general manager of Elmer's Restaurant in Walla Walla.

"The Pantry Shelf Board feels his background in food management meshes well with the needs of our food share," according to a release.

Tom is replacing Pat King, "our very capable interim manager since July 2011." Pantry Shelf is situated in the basement at First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave.

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Miss the opportunity to do some spring cleaning? There's always fall, which has finally descended on Walla Walla like an October rain shower.

A local church plans to hold its semi-annual rummage sale and is seeking items that will appeal to buyers. That means no polyester garments, old televisions or other things that just don't sell.

Donations can be dropped off at First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse St., on Oct. 24 and 25. The sale will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 28. Call Sue Gillespie at 540-9813 or 525-1890 for more information. Proceeds benefit church programs.

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Local high school and their teachers are encouraged to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute's sixth annual Being an American essay contest.

This contest, sponsored this year by History Channel, explores the Constitution's founding principles. It is administered by the non-profit educational BRI in the Washington, D.C., area. BRI is devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and founding principles.

"This context is vital to helping students see their founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government," said Jason Ross, BRI vice president of education programs.

Students may share their thoughts on the Constitution while answering how the Constitution established and maintains a culture of liberty.

The top three student winners from each of the five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Teacher sponsors for each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100.

"The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms. The contest is really a tribute to the excellent work teachers do in the important task of civic education," Jason said.

Essays should be no more 1,000 words and adhere to the essay question. Judging is also based on originality, organization, writing style and depth of analysis. The deadline for essay submissions is Dec. 15 and should be submitted at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Submit.

Winners will be announced in February. Further information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, founders and the founding principles are available at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest.

BRI is based at 200 N. Glebe Rd. Ste. 200, Arlington, VA 22203 United States

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Remember the awesomeness of school field trips? Among the many places in the area students can explore is our own Fort Walla Walla Museum where school tours are in full swing.

Students and teachers can check out the Pioneer Village, Headquarters, exhibits and other features on the museum grounds through Dec. 23.

A group of 150 fourth-grade students, plus teachers and chaperones from Ruth Livingston Elementary School in Pasco came recently for an admission-free tour.

Tour funding is provided by several entities, including Boise Cascade Wallula Mill, J.L. Stubblefield Trust, AmericanWest Bank, Bonnie Braden Foundation and Mary Garner Esary Trust.

Tours haven't always been free, said Paul Franzmann, museum communications manager, in a release. The expense of admission made trips to the museum prohibitive from tightly-stretched school budgets, he said.

"When you combine that with the number of kids who attend school on free-or-reduced lunch plans, many of those kids would be unable to experience their own heritage without this program," said Museum Operations Manager Don Locati. "Our surveys along the way tell us that more than 80 percent of kids on our tours have not been to a museum before this. The overwhelming majority of those kids say they'd like to return with their families, too."

More than 50,000 participants have come from schools mostly in Washington and Oregon but also around the Northwest over the last 10 years. Teachers interested in booking a tour may call Don at 509-525-7703 soon to ensure that a spot of their choosing is available. A Teacher's Guide to Fort Walla Walla Museum is also free to any teacher interested in employing its pre- and post-visit activities.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com. or afternoons at 526-8313.

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