ETCETERA - Ex-Walla Walla woman named Aluminum Association president

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The Aluminum Association named former Walla Wallan Heidi Biggs Brock its new president. She will step into the post on Oct. 1, according to a release from the association, based in Arlington, Va.

She will succeed Steve Larkin, who has served as the association's president since 1998, and earlier this year announced his plan to retire at the end of 2011.

"Heidi will be a great asset to the Aluminum Association and a tremendous addition to our leadership team," said Steve Demetriou, Aleris chairman and chief executive officer and chairman of the Aluminum Association. "I am certain that Heidi's skills, experience and drive will ensure continued success in the years to come as we take the industry's sustainability message to the next level. "

Most recently Heidi served as vice president of Federal and International Affairs for the Weyerhaeuser Co. She currently is a member of the executive committee and board of both the National Institute of Building Sciences and the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.

Previously she was Weyerhaeuser's e-business vice president. In that role, she served on the board of ForestExpress, the industry-backed electronic marketplace formed in 2000 by Weyerhaeuser, Georgia-Pacific and International Paper, now known as Liaison Technologies.

She also held roles in the company's government affairs group in Washington, D.C., working on public policy issues and in Weyerhaeuser's strategic planning organization. Prior to Weyerhaeuser, Ms. Brock served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Sens. Daniel J. Evans and Slade Gorton, responsible for natural resource issues.

A member of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1981, Heidi earned a bachelor's from the University of Puget Sound and a master's in business administration from Georgetown University.

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The Walla Walla High School Drama Club's Back To School Bash Carnival was a resounding success, according to Anna Hinz, club vice president and stage manager.

About 200 turned out for the event, which Anna organized with fellow Drama Club officers Caden McClure, president; Kyli Humphreys, secretary; and Isaiah Stodola, treasurer.

The most popular activities were snow cones, a henna booth and dunk tank. Organizers were assisted by around 30 drama club members and 10 people from the community, Anna said.

"We raised $580. We still need to raise $2,770 so we can attend our annual trip to see a professional show."

Contributions may be made by emailing wahidramaclub@gmail.com.

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"Radium Girls," Wa-Hi Drama's fall production, is scheduled to open in November.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity and luminous watches the latest rage - until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Inspired by a true story, the production followed efforts made by dial painter Grace Fryer as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is former employer Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who can't believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees.

Grace battles with the U.S. Radium Corporation and her family and friends, who fear her campaign for justice will backfire.

Critics describe it as powerful and engrossing, Anna said. It is written with warmth and humor, and is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece. It gives an unflinching look at the American obsessions with health, wealth and the commercialization of science.

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In competition at the 2011 Milton-Freewater Summer Series held this summer at the Pioneer Posse Grounds in Milton-Freewater Walla Walla resident Abby Grudzinski won first-place buckles for barrels, goat tying and the stake race and other awards. She came away with the Frank & Reba Curcio Family All-Around Hi-Point Trophy.

She also placed first in barrels, the stake race and bareback barrels along with other awards during the Mini Series which is held a few weeks after the Summer Series.

A seventh grader at Touchet Middle School, Abby is involved in volleyball, basketball, Wagonettes Drill Team, 4-H, Cayuse Rodeo Association and Washington State Junior High Rodeo. She is the daughter of Randy and Nancy Grudzinski of Walla Walla.

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Barb and Gene Brown, owners of Bordertown Feed and Supply, Milton-Freewater, were the major sponsors of the 2011 Pioneer Posse Summer Series and big fans of Abby's, Nancy said.

Zelma Weathermon rang in her 90th birthday with an Aug. 20 celebration at her summer cabin on the South Fork of the Walla Walla River. Eighty-one friends and family members made it memorable, said daughter-in-law Kathie Weathermon, Walla Walla, who co-hosted the event with husband (and Zelma's son) Bud Weathermon and Zelma's daughter and son-in-law, Caroll and Dave Hardesty of Sun City West, Ariz.

The revelers enjoyed refreshments and dinner, served on the cabin grounds. Mert and Leroy performed old-time tunes for entertaiment.

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An Etcetera column that ran Sept. 4 about a triple wedding anniversary celebrating 165 years of marriage was incorrect. Herb and Anna May Waters' son Steve lives in California where he has taught math for 30 years at a Northern California college. Their son David preceded them in death. And the wedding of Jim and Vicky Edwards was officiated by Jim's father Charles Edwards. I regret the errors.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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