Motivational speaker to discuss ‘Celebrating the Possibilities'

DAYTON - "Celebrating the Possibilities," featuring motivational speaker Barry Long will be presented April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Dayton.

The Dayton High School and Junior High Students Helping Each Other clubs are sponsoring the free event, along with the Coalition for Youth and Families.

The event is made possible by a grant from Reduce Underage Drinking and is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in collaboration with the federal government's Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.

Long is an extreme sport enthusiast and has been featured on the Discovery channel and the Canadian CBC Sports channel. He was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash at age 22, and through determination, positive personal energy and sense of humor he struggled through rehab and started his life over, according to a flier about the event.

The school SHEO group is a student-driven, student-led prevention club that focuses on issues of underage drinking and other drug use, bullying prevention and promoting a safe and healthy school and community.

The students heard Long speak at the State Prevention Summit in Yakima in October and wanted to share him with the community, according to group advisor Peggy Guiterrez, prevention specialist with Blue Mountain Counseling.

Larson to address retired public employees on ‘Yoga for Seniors'

WALLA WALLA - The local Retired Public Employees Council will present Lori Larson speaking on "Yoga for Seniors" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday as Coffee Conncetion Cafe.

Larson has been teaching "Extra Gentle Yoga" at the Walla Walla YMCA for the past eight years. She will explain how yoga can keep people strong and flexible and also encourage social interaction.

RPEC members and guests are welcome. For more information, call 525-2072

WWU professor receives outstanding-teacher award

COLLEGE PLACE - Tom Thompson, longtime professor of mathematics at Walla Walla University, recently received the Mathematical Association of America's Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in the Pacific Northwest.

The MAA has approximately 20,000 members nationwide, including about 800 in the Northwest, spread throughout five U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.

This year, the Pacific Northwest sectional meeting will be held at the University of Portland from April 20-21, where Thompson will be presented with a certificate.

"I have to say that I really am speechless," Thompson said. "It tells me that my administration, colleagues and students believe that I am making an important contribution. I really don't know what to say, except ‘thank you.' I know that I will need to work harder to make sure that their trust was not misplaced."

Thompson was nominated by Ken Wiggins, chair of the WWU mathematics department. Along with Wiggins's initial nomination and supporting documentation, further letters of recommendation were sent in by a colleague, a university administrator and a recent graduate. All of these individuals were also former students of Thompson.

"I really enjoy trying to hook students on a subject that many of them are required to take for another discipline," he began. "When you can toss out extra problems, some easy, and some more challenging, and get students of a wide variety of abilities to latch onto them, it really doesn't get better than that!"

Thompson graduated from WWU in 1968 and began teaching in 1971. He later received his doctorate from the University of California, Davis. Since then, he has made presentations around the world, including in Brazil and Poland.

The book he published in 1984, "From Error Correcting Codes Through Sphere Packing to Simple Groups," is now in its fifth printing with MAA.

All-you-can-eat dinner to fill up Prescott scholarship fund

PRESCOTT - The Community Club of Prescott is serving an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner April 14 at the Lions Hall in Prescott.

For a donation of $6.50, diners will be served spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, drinks and dessert.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.

Proceeds are to help the Lions Club Scholarship fund.

Columbia School Board to hold workshop on Monday

BURBANK - The Columbia School Board will hold a public workshop Monday at 7 p.m.

Prior to the regular meeting, board members will interview two candidates for open board position 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. An executive session is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. to evaluate board candidates. The meetings will be held in the district's board room at 755 Maple St.

The regular meeting will include a discussion on the upcoming school year, and the Teacher-Principal Evaluation Pilot, or TPEP.

A-W School Board's monthly meeting to be at museum

ATHENA - The Athena-Weston School Board will hold its monthly meeting Monday at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute at 7 p.m.

A visitors open visit time will be held in the museum from 5-6 p.m., and a dinner for board members is scheduled at 6 p.m.

The board will hear a presentation on the Weston Middle School iPad program at 6:30 p.m.

The board plans to discuss the state's common core standards; the OSBA School FAcilities and Student Achievement brief; letters from seniors to the board; adoption of social studies textbooks.

WW School Board to discuss performance of public employee

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla School Board will meet in executive session Monday at 4 p.m. in the district's administration building.

The purpose of the meeting, which is closed to the public, is to discuss the performance of a public employee.

The meeting is expected to conclude by 5:15 p.m., and any action or decision will be done in an open meeting.

Boat inspections to be provide free at county fairgrounds

DAYTON - The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will provide courtesy boat inspections between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 5, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Deputies will perform safety and regulatory checks on all boats and issue official inspection stickers.

For more information, contact the sheriff's office at 509-382-2518 weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Date changes for county redestricting workshop

WALLA WALLA - A workshop by Walla Walla County commissioners on redistricting has been rescheduled.

The workshop had been set for Tuesday morning, but at the request of the county Auditor, it has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 16.

The workshop and a public hearing will take place at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St., in Walla Walla.

Commissioners are considering a plan to adjust the county's three commissioner districts to balance populations in each district based on population information from the latest U.S. Census.

The redistricting, which is required by state law, was last carried out in 2001 following the 2000 Census.


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