'Green' fee waived for military people at Fort Walla Walla Museum

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Active-duty military personnel representing the red, white and blue can visit Fort Walla Walla Museum without paying any green.

The museum is one of 1,500 across the country in the "Blue Star Museum Program," which allows active-duty military and their families to visit participating museums without paying admission fees. The program officially ended Labor Day, but the local museum plans to continue to offer the deal through Dec. 23.

Museum officials contacted the National Endowment for the Arts, which oversees the Blue Star Museum Program, to make sure that extending the offer was acceptable.

"While our nation is at war, it seems like a small thing to offer these folks and their families," said museum Operations Manager Don Locati. "They have a tough enough time, and as our namesake is a military post, it's the right thing to do."

The free admission is open to those with a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, including those stamped URW and DB. The offer is available to active-duty military, active-duty National Guard, active-duty Reserve members and up to five family members.

The museum operates on Myra Road 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

The regular cost is $7 for adults; $6 for those 62 and older and students; $3 for kids 6-12; and free for kids younger than 6. For more details, call 525-7703, email info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or visit fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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CrossRoads Steakhouse has turned a proverbial page on its menu for the fall/winter seasons.

Owner Kim Kelly-Frank said the downtown restaurant, 207 W. Main St., will continue to offer the steaks, seafood and pasta for which it is known. Several other dishes have been added to the lineup, including house specialities, chicken marsala, steak diablo and bistro steak medallions.

Kelly-Frank said the menu includes a number of dining options for less than $20 -- a move she said was particularly important given the state of the economy.

She said a separate menu has also been created for the lounge, where sandwiches, salads and appetizers all for less than $12 will be served to the 21-and-older crowd.

A kids menu for those 11 and younger is still available, too. For more details, call 522-1200, or visit crossroadssteakhouse.com.

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AmericanWest Bank has promoted two of its Walla Walla employees.

The Spokane-based bank named Keith Weathermon as its community banking regional manager and Bob Branscum as manager of its downtown Walla Walla branch.

Weathermon, a nearly 20-year banking veteran, joined AmericanWest in 2006 and previously served as manager of the downtown branch, 30 W. Main St. As community banking regional manager his market now includes Walla Walla, Dayton, Waitsburg, the Tri-Cities and west to Yakima.

Branscum previously served as a commercial lender in the same Main Street branch where he was manage and handle small-business lending. He has been with AmericanWest 14 years, and has more than 40 years of banking experience.

AmericanWest operates 64 branches, four of which are in the Walla Walla Valley. For more details visit awBank.net .

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

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