Les Schwab to help keep Sweets on road


Local Les Schwab Tire Centers will be powering the Walla Walla Sweets' baseball team's 2012 road trips.

The independent tire retailer has partnered with the Sweets to become the team's exclusive tire retailer. The new multi-year relationship was announced this week.

The Sweets log more than 4,500 miles each year on the road traveling to away games in the West Coast League.

As part of the partnership, Les Schwab's brand will be integrated throughout Borleske Stadium and online.

The business will also present the Sweets' Independence Day game and will be the presenting partner of the popular "6 for $36 nights" promotion, which includes six reserved tickets, six hot dogs and six soft drinks for $36.

Furthermore, Les Schwab will present a season ticket-holder with a major prize based on attendance during the season.

"Les Schwab has been a great partner- since the early days, when we ran the team out of a basement," said Sweets General Manager Zachary Fraser in a prepared statement. "We are excited to continue to work with them as a Founding Partner, which allows the Sweets to increase what we offer to fans and helps Les Schwab solidify their position as the leader in tires, brakes, shocks, alignments, and outstanding customer service."

The Sweets, defending 2011 West Coast League East Division champions, will open the 2012 season June 1 against the Corvallis Knights.


A College Place resident's rave review of the Walla Walla Regional Airport was just the ticket for a free flight to anywhere in the continental United States.

Shari Brumbach had the winning entry in the airport's Facebook marketing campaign, airport Manager Jennifer Skoglund announced. Brumbach will get an Alaska Airlines ticket to any destination in the country. She was the second and final winner in the contest designed as a promotion for the airline and service out of Walla Walla.

Sharon Schafer of Walla Walla was the first recipient. Followers of the airport's Facebook page were asked to post their experiences and comments about flying from Walla Walla for the chance at a free ticket.

Brumbach's winning post: "There isn't anything better than flying into and out of Walla Walla! 5 minute drive to the airport, free parking and then it takes 15 minutes to check in and get through security. Why fly out of anywhere else?"


The Walla Walla Valley Soroptimist Club is putting together a Bunco fundraiser in February.

The dinner and social event is a fundraiser for women's scholarships. Tickets are $20 apiece for the Feb. 8 event at Blanchet Hall at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 415 W. Alder St.

Dinner and socializing starts at 6 p.m. Recipients of this year's Women of Opportunity and Violet Richardson awards will be announced. The dice will roll starting at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information call 593-5287 or email: wwvsi@yahoo.com.

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


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