Two area wine writers up for blogging awards

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Walla Walla Valley wine bloggers have the write stuff, according to the American Wine Blog Awards.

Catie McIntyre Walker and Paul Gregutt are both finalists in the 2012 awards, which will be presented Aug. 18 at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland.

The contest includes nine categories. Finalists were selected by a prestigious panel of wine writers, but the winners are up to the public. Today is the final day of voting. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/WBA12 if you'd like to cast yours. You have until 8:59 p.m. to register your vote.

McIntyre Walker, also known as the "Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman," is up for Best Writing on a Wine Blog. Her work is up against "Hosemaster of Wine," "Intoxicology Report," "Been Doon So Long," "Bigger Than Your Head" and "Vinography."

Gregutt's "Unfined & Unfiltered" blog is a finalist in the Best Single Subject Wine Blog category. He's going head to head with "ELLOINOS," the "Washington Wine Report," "On the Wine Trail in Italy" and "Libation Law Blog."

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It's hard not to marvel at the mix of old and new technology at some businesses these days.

Just ask the owners of Graze -- a place to eat. John and Becca Lastoski have installed a new cash register system, they noted in a post this week on Facebook.

"It is an iPad ... the pinnacle of technology, at a sandwich shop with a record player, where you can text in your order," they wrote. "We are so futuristic retro it hurts. Cheers."

And the beat goes on.

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Kay Raddatz, a Walla Walla resident who has long had a presence in local theater, has taken on the job of community director at Affinity at Walla Walla in her latest role.

"Kay's specialized background, community involvement, and natural leadership skills make her a welcome addition to the Affinity team," says Sherry Vincent, portfolio manager for the 55+ apartment community next to the Plaza Safeway.

Raddatz's new position is a return of sorts to a previous job she had as business office manager and marketing director for Atria Kachina Point, a retirement and assisted living community in Sedona, Ariz.

She had that position before moving to Walla Walla, where she was named program coordinator for the Walla Walla Community College Foundation. There she was known for her work with the summer musicals and other fundraising events. Most recently she was marketing director for Shakespeare Walla Walla.

Affinty at Walla Walla is a community of studio, one- and two-bedroom units that include full kitchens, personal washers and dryers, utilities, housekeeping and a daily continental breakfast, starting at $925 a month.

Those interested in scheduling a visit, can call Raddatz at 522-0725.

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

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