Etcetera - 09/28/11


The Milton-Freewater Rotary Golf Tournament brought in $2,100 for its scholarship fund, tourney chairman Mike Swinnerton reported at a recent club meeting.

Altogether, 16 four-person teams competed and it was described as very successful. There were sponsor prizes for every hole and everyone had a great time, added Robby Robbins, club reporter.

They credit their sponsors, participants, the golf course and volunteers for making it happen. Mike was assisted by John Thunell and Todd Schroeder.

Jose Mendonca, Rotary Youth Exchange student of Recife, in the Brazil's state of Pernambuco, spoke to the group about life in the fourth largest metro area in the country. There are 4.1 million residents in the major port on the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the equator.

Jose arrived in Milton-Freewater around Sept. 10 and is staying with his first host family, Rene and Shannon Erm.

Jose's dad is an economist and Rotarian in one of the 17 Recife Rotary clubs. His family has hosted four Rotary Youth Exchange Students in the past.

He is looking forward to snowboarding for the first time and is interested in football and soccer.

For more about Milton-Freewater Rotary Club, contact Robby at 541-938-6523 or


Friends and family will join a longtime school librarian and elementary teacher at her 100th birthday celebration on Oct. 8.

An open house for Elsie German will be from 1-4 p.m. at 517 S. First Ave.

A member of First Congregational Church, Elsie taught at Davis and Sharpstein schools and was librarian at Pioneer Middle School.


Talk about throwing one's weight around: A 53-year-old man beat out a 2009 Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight squat lifted in one hour, drug free, while on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.

On Sept. 15, Walter Urban lifted 127,245 pounds.

His aim was to complete 700-1,000 squats in one hour or 11-17 squats per minute for 60 minutes with a total of 126,000, which he succeeded in surpassing.

In a release the Guinness World Record representative said this weight was "equivalent to approximately 20 African elephants."

The 2009 record-setter was a 32-year-old man. Walter wanted to demonstrate that folks can be fit at any age.

He also was independently and voluntarily drug tested for performance-enhancing drugs to show one can have the strength without using any sort of drugs

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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