Etcetera - 01/30/12

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An accident on Fishhook Park Road in Walla Walla County Jan. 25 that nearly whipped an overturned semi-truck load of apples into applesauce will benefit the Tri-Cities Union-Gospel Mission.

Josh Peterson's Jan. 27 story at kvewtv.com reported that Pasco towing company Action Auto Services not only came to the aid of the semi-truck but was allowed to salvage the dozen boxes of apples, courtesy of the insurance company.

On Jan. 27, Action Auto donated the fruit to the mission. There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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From Belfair, Wash., on Hood Canal, across Puget Sound from Seattle, Mosquito Fleet Winery is releasing its 2009 cabernet sauvignon, a single vineyard selection using 100 percent cabernet sauvignon fruit from Pepper Bridge Vineyards in Walla Walla. MFW is also releasing its 2009 Tyrus blend.

Pepper Bridge "is well-known for producing some of the most sought-after bordeaux varietals in the Northwest and we are thrilled we got our hands on some of this high-quality fruit," Mosquito Fleet notes on its website.

The Tyrus is a blend of cab and merlot aged 22 months with fruit out of Pepper Bridge and Double Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This one is named after one of the original Mosquito Fleet ships.

A wine tasting paired with local cheeses and chocolates will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 4. See www.mosquitofleetwinery.com.

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Operation Christmas Child's collection of shoe box gifts for children around the world was a resounding success in November. The international goal was 8.5 million shoe box gifts. When the number of gifts shipped to over 100 countries was totaled, the final count was 8,630,568, with the United States portion totaling 6,051,799.

The Walla Walla Relay Center collected 1,755 of those shoe box gifts which share the good news and hope of Christmas. Dan and Janet Clark, Relay Center coordinators in Walla Walla, are thankful to the individuals, churches, clubs, businesses and schools in the Walla Walla Valley who packed boxes.

Many volunteers promoted and coordinated the collection of gifts from their groups and worked at the Relay Center receiving and preparing the boxes for shipment, the Clarks said.

Northwest Collision continues to provide space for the Relay Center each year, the Clarks said. "Walla Walla has truly been blessed to be a blessing to children around the world."

For details about volunteering with Operation Christmas Child or the ministry, call the Clarks at 529-7178 or email wallawallaocc@hotmail.com.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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