ETCETERA - Museum receives $2,000 donation from Pacific Power

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Pacific Power doesn't just switch its generosity on and off the way we use lights at home. It has maintained a constant presence in the region for many years by supporting institutions that provide great service to the residents of the various communities it serves, said Paul Franzmann, Fort Walla Walla Museum communications manager in a release.

Bill Clemens, Pacific Power's regional community manager, recently toured the museum's new facilities project in which his company has assisted several times.

This year, Pacific Power's support of $2,000 was for Phase I-b of the Services and Facilities Enhancement Project.

He saw the facilities the Museum's Heritage Resource Services maintains for its archaeological services including a lab area, artifact storage space and research library.

As the Museum's services have become more popular, Pacific Power's support has grown increasingly important to the Museum's ability to support the services it offers through the facilities it maintains, Paul said.

Bill "was impressed with the Museum's extensive comparative collections used to help identify artifacts found in its field work. There's a lot of good work going on at Fort Walla Walla Museum and Pacific Power remains very pleased to continue its support."

On Sept. 11, 2002, Walla Wallan "Torch" Davis penned "September Skies," a 9/11 tribute song on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

A video of Torch performing the piece at last year's Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend street dance can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1QiG0k6Ac.

"My fantasy is to get the song recorded by some big-name artist, and performed at a memorial for those who died, and the recording sold to generate funds for the families," Torch said.

"I will not accept a nickel for that song, since I believe God downloaded it to me. My dream is to have every aspect of the recording, distribution, production, etc., donated, so there is zero cost. That way, ALL proceeds can go to the 911 survivors fund."

For more information, contact Torch at sourcer@charter.net.

How well do you know the U.S. Constitution?

The Bill of Rights Institute celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 16 with educational games, videos, and activities for all ages, and classroom lessons for teachers across the country according to a release.

BRI's newest resource, the Constitution Duel, is a 15-question quiz that challenges participants to defend their constitutional honor. Individuals are asked multiple-choice questions from four categories; the Constitution, primary source documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and historic people.

Take the quiz as an individual, or as a team - even challenge another classroom, family, or workplace to a Constitution knowledge duel, the release suggests.

BRI also created a new video on the constitutional principle of representative government to help explore the key differences between republics and democracies. Visuals from current events, a historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, familiar music and memorable quotes make the 7-minute video perfect for use on Constitution Day. A short viewing guide is also available.

Additional activities include "Life Without the Bill of Rights?" which explores how life would change without our constitutionally-protected rights and "Madison's Notes are Missing," which allows readers to "travel through time" to converse with the Founders and report on the Constitutional Convention.

The Bill of Rights Institute and the National Constitution Center partner to provide resources for Constitution Day. Tune in to Constitution Hall Pass, a free webcast which allows teachers and students to learn more about this historic day while chatting live with the National Constitution Center's education staff.

All materials and more resources can be found at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/ConstitutionDay.

The non-profit Bill of Rights Institute, founded in 1999, strives to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's founders, the liberties guaranteed in founding documents, and how the nation's founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

Narcissa Prentiss Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution meets once a month September through May for lunch and a program on either a Friday or Saturday, according to a release.

Founded in 1890, 850,000-plus members have been admitted since its inception. It has accomplished an array of service work, a historic National Headquarters building with extraordinary collections and countless activities that occur locally, nationally and globally. The non-profit group is for the descendants of individuals who aided in achieving American independence.

DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Those interested in attending a meeting of the women's service organization may contact Chris Crowder at 529-0899 or dartoday@gmail.com for reservations, meeting date and time.

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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