Etcetera - 03/14/12


Whitman College film students Nathan Lessler, Stephen Toyofuku and Cindy Chen began filming a documentary recently that will feature local residents Murray Fisher and daughter Karen Fisher-Alaniz.

Their story, and subject of the documentary, is told in Karen's debut memoir, "Breaking the Code: a Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything," which was published in November 2011.

Karen sought to help her father, a World War II veteran who began showing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms more than 50 years after the war.

Karen said plans are underway for a public showing of the film this spring.

McLoughlin High School student and saxophonist Lucas Simpson won first place in his division at a district solo festival and will now advance to the Oregon State Solo Festival, said Mike Agidius, band director for the Milton-Freewater School District.

Several Mac-Hi students participated in the annual Oregon Music Educators Association District 6 Solo Festival at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande on March 3, Mike said in a release.

Lucas' win was in the alto saxophone division and he will compete in the state solo contest at Lewis and Clark College in Portland April 28. He received a superior 1 rating and a score of 98 out of 100 for his performance of the Sonata for Alto Saxophone by Paul Creston.

It's Lucas' third year in a row to win at district and advance to state, Mike said.

Students received written and verbal critiques from a judge and were rated on a scale from 1, the highest, to 5, the lowest.

Other Mac-Hi band students who went to district were Colin Dygert, trumpet (1), Jacob Chaney, baritone saxophone (1) and Cheyenne Duncan, flute (2).

McLoughlin High School and Central Middle School Bands will present their free Spring Gala Concert for the community at 7 p.m. Monday in the Jack Williams Auditorium at Mac-Hi.

Planning ahead to ensure the 10th annual Sausage Fest happens without a hitch on Oct. 5-6, organizers Nancy Anhorn and Maureen Hall need folks to share their time and talent on the team that makes it happen.

The fundraiser for Walla Walla Catholic Schools is a fun way to meet people and get involved in jobs that are very organized, they said.

For more details, contact Nancy at 525-8898 or or Maureen at 301-6037 or

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


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