Walla Walla may make atlas despite judges' food-in-mouth unease

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Walla Walla may not have been named Best Small Town for Food in the recent Best of the Road Rally. But it still might have a turn on the foodie map.

An article in Wednesday's Union-Bulletin erroneously stated that Walla Walla garnered only sixth place out of the six cities that were finalists for the title of Best Small Town for Food in the 2012 Best of the Road Rally from Rand McNally and USA Today.

In fact, apart from the winner -- Santa Fe, N.M., -- there was no official ranking of the other cities including Lewiston, N.Y.; Bloomington, Ind.; Burnsville, Minn.; and Charlottesville, Va.

The error was caused by a misinterpretation of a blog post on the cities in the second annual competition.

The winners in that category and 20 or so other categories and points of interest will be recognized on best oftheroad.com, written about by USA Today and featured in the 2014 Rand McNally Road Atlas.

Tourism Walla Walla Executive Director Michelle Liberty said Walla Walla could still make the atlas with a mention if the judges and participating businesses choose.

It's difficult to tell what impact the publicity has for the community, but most certainly it's positive. The more press the community gets, the more potential visitors learn about the town as a potential destination, she said.

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Milton-Freewater City Recorder Leanne Steadman has received the designation of certified municipal clerk through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

The organization awards the designation to city clerks and recorders who complete the education requirements and have a record of significant service and contributions to local government and the community.

Steadman has been with the city of Milton-Freewater since late 1999. She started in the Electric Department as an assistant to the superintendent. She was promoted to city recorder in 2007.

In her role with the city she serves as clerk to the City Council, tracks permanent records for the city, elections management, agendas and minutes for all Council meetings and provides administrative assistance to the city manager.

She worked for three years to earn credits needed for the certified municipal clerk designation, including many hours of outside education.

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Walla Walla's Harvest Foods has gone tropical.

The Southgate grocery store, 905 S. Second Ave., has kicked off two weeks of food and fun, including a beachy, tropical dress code.

Through Friday, the "Pepsi Wagon" will be on location at the store, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with special pricing on hot dogs, tropical smoothies, "Bahama Mama German sausages" and more.

Today the store will also feature specials, samples of USDA choice premium angus beef, cool melon and Walla Walla Sweet Onion dip and chips.

Friday, the store will feature free miniature pony cart rides for children from noon to 2 p.m. The store's new line of ice cream cake will be served up in sample form 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

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