Etcetera - 09/26/11

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Aaron Gardner graduated from the 16-week training program at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Police Academy in Salem.

Aaron is an officer with the city of Weston Police Department, according to a release. He will complete a field training program before moving to solo status.

During seven years' service in the U.S. Army infantry, Aaron was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

He was deployed in support of the missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Aaron grew up in a small town between Roseburg and Eugene.

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The Washington Music Educators Association invited the Whitman College Orchestra to perform at its convention at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 in Yakima.

A recording by the musicians was selected from a pool of applicants representing other schools statewide, said Jeremy Mims, visiting professor of music in orchestra, choir and conducting.

"This will be an exciting performance for the students and for the Whitman Department of Music.

"There are 33 in the Whitman Orchestra, all strings. We sent in a recording of excerpts from last year's concerts."

The orchestra will perform a Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins, two movements from Stravinsky's Apollo Suite, two movements from Respighi's Suite for Strings, and Prevost's Scherzo, he said.

"We are excited about this opportunity to play for the Washington Music Educators Association."

The orchestra will go on a tour coinciding with the performance, he said.

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Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association has new officers, said Gordon Taylor, communications committee chairman.

Elected officers include Rick Nebeker, president; Nancy Whitycomb, president-elect; Bob Fox, treasurer; Claudia Ford, secretary; and Ellen Wolf, vice president, Program.

There are also committee chairmen, appointed by the president.

Three local unit members serve on committees for the Washington State School Retirees Association, which has 17,000-plus members, Gordon said.

Joan Helm is chairwoman of the state membership committee, Linda Thorne is a member of the health committee, and Gordon serves on the outreach committee.

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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