Etcetera - 01/25/12


Milton-Freewater Rotary Club observed its 83rd anniversary as a chartered unit of the international service group. Walla Walla Rotary Club sponsored Milton-Freewater Rotary when it became the 11th club chartered in its district, on Jan. 11, 1929. The club started with 27 members.

"The club has a long history of community projects around the city," Robby Robbins, club reporter noted. Steve Williams, assistant governor visiting from Hermiston Rotary, encouraged the club to better indoctrinate new members into the many facets of Rotary around the world so the organization can serve more effectively.

Milton-Freewater Fire Chief Shane Garner spoke about the Milton-Freewater Fire Department, its equipment and staff. First organized on Feb. 6, 1897, the fire department now operates with a volunteer staff of 23. Shane showed examples of old equipment including turnout coats and helmets -- some dating from when the department was first organized. The clothing is replaced every five to seven years as new and improved materials are developed.

Firefighters train at a site west of town for various scenarios they could encounter. They lug an oxygen breathing apparatus that weighs about 35 pounds -- an improvement over older steel tank models that weighed at least twice as much. When firefighters are called out, they don protective clothing and carry hoses and other equipment to the scene, making fitness a high priority.

At Napa Valley Register online, Jennifer Huffman posted a profile of Ashley Hepworth, a 37-year-old who came to the Napa Valley by way of Chicago, where she was a chef for two years.

Turns out Ashley holds Walla Wallan Christophe Baron of Cayuse Winery in high regard.

"He was one of the first people I met that really concentrated on Rh?¥ne varietals. I love his wines. They are beautiful, unique and concentrated. And very true to where they are grown. I like that he's always experimenting and pushing the envelope," she told Jennifer when asked who her favorite peer was in the industry.

She came to the Napa Valley because "I was really fascinated with wine. I wanted to learn more about it."

She applied in 1999 for a harvest job at Joseph Phelps Vineyards and afterward took a full-time job in the cellar. Now she is its winemaker. Read more at

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or 526-8313.


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