Mini-golf outfit is Sweet on civil servants

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A weekend on the greens will serve to salute those who keep us safe, healthy and educated. The Sweet Putt is hosting several events to thank firefighters, nurses and educators. Starting Friday, Walla Walla's miniature golf course, 417 Wellington Ave., will offer discounts in honor of civil servants. Friday's event will offer local firefighters and their families $1 off any round of golf as a commemoration of International Firefighters Day. The same discount will be offered Sunday to nurses and their families for National Nurses Day. That will be followed in one week for teachers and their families on National Teachers Day. In the meantime, guests can drop by the Putt and tell operators about their favorite teacher. The Sweet Putt will send out a special gift on your behalf. For more details, call 876-4949.

California's iconic Ridge Vineyard will make an appearance in Walla Walla for a rare tasting Wednesday at the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop. The two-hour tasting will start at 5 p.m. at 19 N. Second Ave. Christina Donley, regional sales manager for Ridge, will pour six new spring releases. The wines will be served alongside the grilled meats, breads and cheeses of Milton-Freewater's King of the Grill Paul Freeman, owner of The Bank Grill Catering Co. For more details, call 529-0503.

The United Way of Walla Walla County is calling on businesses and individuals to help "Bridge the Gap." The nonprofit organization that distributes charitable gifts to a mass assortment of organizations is $30,000 shy of its annual fundraising goal. The local branch has raised about $430,000 so far and is reaching out to help fill the final gap. Those interested in contributing can donate online at unitedwayww.org or via mail at PO Box 1134, Walla Walla. To learn more follow the organization on Facebook at United Way of Walla Walla County.

Gesa Credit Union's senior vice president of lending has been honored as a "Trailblazer" by "Credit Union Times" for his prolific work on behalf of the Richland-based credit union. Brett Jorgenson was honored with the Trailblazer Award as Lending Officer of the Year from the publication at a reception in Washington, D.C. The event, the Credit Union National Association 2012 Government Affairs Conference, is one of the largest gatherings of credit union professionals in the U.S. Jorgenson was recognized for his development of Gesa's full-service Lending Department from a previously limited service department, according to the announcement. He created policies and procedures and a range of produces and services, growing Gesa's loan portfolio from $323 million in 2007 to $856 million at the end of 2011.

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