Etcetera - 10/19/11

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Dan and Janet Clark, coordinators for the Operation Christmas Child Walla Walla Relay Center, are getting ready for national collection week Nov. 14-21.

On Thursday, Tricia MacFarlan, area team coordinator from Richland, will talk here about her February trip to Honduras where she distributed shoe box gifts to local children.

The community countdown event will be 7-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 595 Abbott Road.

Information and supplies to equip individuals and groups for participation in Collection Week will also be available.

First-time participating churches or groups will each receive 50 preprinted GO boxes, which are ready for packing.

For information and to RSVP, call 301-4041 or 529-7178.

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Representatives from agencies that help seniors gave presentations during the October luncheon meeting of the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association.

Mary Cleveland, with Southeast Washington Aging amp; Long-Term Care, described multiple services provided by agency staff, such as training and support for caregivers who provide unpaid care for elderly and disabled loved ones.

Duane Cinnamon, local director of Seniors Helping Seniors, emphasized the agency's primary goal: keeping seniors in their homes. Various levels of support are provided to seniors in their own home by staff who are also seniors.

And Kathy Patton, a senior care consultant, helps guide her clients through issues such as care options, knowing which legal documents are needed and dealing with the red tape of public programs.

In an effort to attract birds of prey in the area, students at Walla Walla High School built nesting boxes.

Wa-Hi teamed with North Slope Management, under the direction of Jon Davies, to build the boxes, which are designed to attract owls, bats and kestrels, a release from Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online noted.

The aim is to get these avians to live near local vineyards to reduce damage to grape vines caused by rodents and bugs.

Agricultural Education teacher Lindsey Butcher said the nesting boxes and perches will be placed in the vineyards to attract and house the birds and bats. Next the students will study and observe the bird and pest populations. "The goal is to see less damage on grape vines and control the population of the pests without the use of traps or poisons." The boxes were delivered to Seven Hills Vineyard in Milton Freewater. Students could tour of the vineyards to make initial observations of native wildlife including the pests and the birds of prey. Paige Montgomery, is student project coordinator.

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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