Etcetera 7/25/12

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Fort Walla Walla Musuem

755 Myra Road, Walla Walla

The countdown is over. Fort Walla Walla Museum launched its new, improved website, according to Nancy Parry, executive assistant.

Site development came under the guidance of a committee of community volunteers, board members and staff who worked innumerable hours on it.

"The new website is a strong reflection of what people will see when they visit the Museum. It is engaging and energetic," said James Payne, executive director.

Readers can see the fruit of their labor at www.fortwallawallamuseum.org and "then pay a visit to the Museum to see what you've been missing," Nancy added.

The museum is at 755 Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 31 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1-Dec. 23. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students and $7 for general admission. Membership includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits, beginning at $25. For additional details, call 525-7703 or email info@fortwallawallamuseum.org.

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Because PBS Newshour found out that Walla Walla Community College is "doing great work training and retraining folks and getting jobs for our graduates," they sent a crew here to use the WWCC wine program as the centerpiece of their story, emailed Myles Anderson

Myles is a founding director of the WWCC Institute for Enology and Viticulture. The Aspen Institute recommended the program, which is what tipped off PBS. It's currently up in the air as far as a broadcast date, however.

"They were here filming our students in the winery and vineyard (the morning of July 19) and will be filming our students pouring wines at the Seattle Wine Awards gold metal pouring on Sunday (July 22). Since we are a renowned job-ready wine program contributing to economic development, we are on PBS's radar."

He added that WWCC's programs for wind, water and culinary arts are receiving attention, too.

WWCC's Melissa Harrison, interim director of marketing, toured a wind farm outside Dayton with the PBS crew.

"While visiting Walla Walla they spent time at WWCC, at wineries of some of our recent graduates, at the Puget Sound Energy Wind Farm and at a few other locations for candid Walla Walla shots," she said.

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