Applebee's, law officers team to aid Special Olympics

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Walla Walla-area law-enforcement officers spent Thursday evening clearing tables and delivering beverages at Applebee's in a fundraiser that earned more than $1,100 for Special Olympics Washington.

The "Tip-A-Cop" event brought in 66 donations in four hours for a total of $1,122 at the final tally. It was the first of its kind locally. Officers greeted customers, delivered drinks and helped clear tables. Throughout the process, they also provided details to customers about the Special Olympics program, which supports more than 9,500 athletes across the state with the help of more than 8,000 volunteers.

Officers who participated include Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mike Eggleston; Walla Walla County Sheriff's Capt. Barry Blackman and Deputy Ian Edwards; and Walla Walla Police officers Marcus Goodwater and Tim Bennett. Walla Walla Police Crime Prevention Coordinator Vicki Ruley also assisted.

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A new season is bringing schedule changes to the practice lineup at the YWCA's Ice Chalet.

This week marks the start of skating, hockey and beginning hockey skating lessons, according to the organization.

Skating lessons are: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. for parent/tot lessons; Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. for beginner and intermediate skating lessons (also known as pre-alpha and alpha), and beginner hockey skating (a prerequisite for hockey lessons); Mondays, 5-6 p.m. for advanced skating lessons (also known as beta/gamma and delta/freestyle).

All classes are $54 for six weeks, plus the annual YWCA membership fees: $5 ages 12 and younger; $15 ages 13-17; and $25 for adults). Skate rental included.

The season includes four sessions. The first is Monday through Nov. 11. The second is Nov. 7-Dec. 15. A third is Jan. 2-Feb. 9. And the final is Feb. 13-March 22.

For hockey lesson prices and times, call Jodi or Nate Alden at the Ice Chalet, 525-2575.

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Java junkies who get their fill at Dutch Bros. Coffee are supporting one of America's Fastest Growing Coffee Chains, according to a list from CNBC.

The Grants Pass, Ore., coffee chain, with a Walla Walla outlet at 630 S. Ninth Ave., joined the ranks of Seattle-based Starbucks and Canton, Mass.,-based Dunkin' Donuts on the list of fastest growing coffee spots.

The list reflects coffee retailers that had the fastest year-over-year pace of growth in 2010, according to Dutch Bros. The company ended 2010 with 156 locations in seven states and sales of $78 million. It now has more than 165 drive-thru spots and plans to add another 25 in 2012.

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A longtime marketing professional has joined the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce as its new director of member services.

Betsy Hadden will lead the organization's various events and work directly with members on their needs, said an announcement Sunday morning from Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer David Woolson.

Hadden has worked on numerous events and brings a marketing background from a variety of companies and industries. She was co-founder of Walla Walla's Achieva Marketing Group.

Under her leadership the Chamber's communication efforts promoting businesses are expected to be enhanced.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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