Sweet! Child’s cookies raise dough for kids’ fund

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Jed and Jenni Gines of Walla Walla encouraged 9-year-old daughter Olivia Gines to brainstorm activities that would keep her busy during summer break.

“They were thrilled when Olivia came back with an idea to set up a cookie stand fundraiser for kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,” according to a release from Providence St. Mary Foundation.

Olivia’s business plan included her mother baking 20 dozen cookies and recruiting help from her little sister. Olivia wanted her venture to benefit kids who didn’t have the means “to pay for good treatment.”

As executive director at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, Jed gave Prospect Point fourth-grader Olivia and sister Alexis, 4, permission to place their stand on Plaza Way outside the center to sell cookies to passing motorists.

They even applied their savvy business skills for door-to-door sales to residents inside.

On Oct. 24 Olivia proudly presented $50 to the Pediatrics Fund of Providence St. Mary Foundation.


Samantha Zuger sang with a group of 87 other 16- to 19-year-old students from across the country in the FFA National Chorus while attending FFA’s 85th national convention and expo in Indianapolis.

“This experience was amazing and unforgettable. The positive energy from all the students was refreshing and inspiring,” the 17-year-old Walla Walla High School senior said.

Currently FFA president and FFA District 6 treasurer, Samantha applied to participate in the chorus and submitted a tape recording of her singing required materials. “I was the only one selected from Washington to go,” she said of the honor.

At the last convention session, more than 57,000 people were registered at one of the world’s largest youth gatherings.

Samantha enjoys cooking, singing and riding her horse. She was 2011-2012 Valley Chapel 4-H president and sings in the Wa-Hi Concert Choir.

Once she graduates she wants to run for a state FFA officer post. If she succeeds, she plans to take a year off from school, although she has college applications in the works.

The daughter of Bob and Kathy Zuger, Samantha said “FFA helps you learn leadership skills, public speaking and communication skills as well as hard work, determination and honesty.”


Walla Walla Community Hospice raises funds to provide compassionate care to area patients in the final stages of life and support for their loved ones and caregivers.

Among their benefits is the 26th annual WWCH Tree of Life.

Along with a light for the tree, sponsored by $10 donation, each person’s name for whom a light is dedicated will be printed on a paper ornament and placed on the tree.

The name is also inscribed in the Tree of Life Book and read at the Tree and Candle Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in Die Brücke Building, 38 E. Main St.

Commemorative ornaments are available for a $25 donation, in addition to the tree light and acknowledgements. The 2012 ornament design depicts holiday carolers etched into beveled-glass and gift boxed.

Special acknowledgements for living loved ones may also be made through Living Tributes. More details are available by contacting the WWCH office, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1067 Isaacs Ave., 509-525-5561, info@wwhospice.org or www.wwhospice.org.

For the bereaved, the holiday season can pose a particular mix of challenges, emotions and stressors. For those grieving this season, Hospice is offering a free two-part Getting Through the Holidays program for the community from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 28. To register, phone, email or message WWCH.


The director of grants at Blue Mountain Community College since June, Casey Beard was active for 20 years in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and served on its Board of Directors.

Casey was guest speaker at a recent Milton-Freewater Rotary Club meeting. Also a writer, he’s produced many articles for publication, including those of the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and authored the book “Tools of the Cowboy Trade.”

A retired U.S. Army officer, he previously managed the Morrow County Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program until the Umatilla Chemical Depot was closed.

For Rotarians, he gave an overview of a proposed BMCC Applied Animal Science Center. It would be sited near the Pendleton campus on about 120 acres to accommodate associated facilities and programs. Among those would be classrooms, laboratories, arenas, barns, paddocks, pastures and support facilities.

Among its programs would be veterinary assistant certificates and veterinary technician associates degrees. Job market surveys show a strong demand for graduates with these skills that may increase by as much as 50 percent over the next 10 years, Casey told the group.

There is a need for veterinary technicians because of a growing shortage of large animal veterinarians in Eastern Oregon. The facility would also support a farrier and new equestrian programs.

BMCC’s center could take advantage of new opportunities in the livestock industry and develop partnerships with other educational institutions. The completion date is hoped to be in spring 2013 at an estimated cost of $6.6 million dollars.

Half of the funds would come from state community college capital construction funds and half by renewal of BMCC’s capital construction bond, which will go to the electorate in November 2013.

The facility would also be the BMCC rodeo team home and training facility and provide an amenity for livestock judging tournaments, 4-H and FFA events and community activities.


Prescott High School seniors Claudia Janeth Soriano and Aldair Escalante and Walla Walla High School’s Quinn Anderson and Groover Snell, garnered Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month awards in October.

They are now eligible to compete for the Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship.

Mark Higgins, Youth of the Month program coordinator, said the 2012-2013 Youth of the Year Theme is Youth Volunteerism: Working Magic in Our Communities.

The daughter of Maria Reyna Soriano, Claudia has a 3.5 GPA, is Associated Student Body secretary, National Honor Society president and a member of the Knowledge Bowl team. As a volunteer, she takes care of children whose parents take English as a second language classes. She organized the St. Jude Math-A-Thon and helps with the school’s canned food drive. Next year she plans to attend Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Aldair is the son of Francisco and Lorena Escalante. He holds a 2.98 GPA, is ASB president, plays soccer and is a member of the track and field team. Aldair plans to continue his education next fall.

The daughter of Dina and David Anderson, Quinn has had a 4.0 GPA since middle school. She takes honors and advanced placement classes in geometry, algebra, calculus and English. She is an accomplished musician and plays cello. She is online editor-in-chief for the Wa-Hi Journal and competed at the National Journalism Convention last year. She volunteers regularly at Power House Theatre and works at the Walla Walla Foundry. She enjoys traveling, cooking, long boarding and taking care of her 8-year-old Labrador and German shepherd puppy. She has applied to Gonzaga University, University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University to study civil engineering.

Groover’s parents are Kelly and Stephanie Snell. He holds a 4.0 GPA, is NHS president and a member of the Wa-Hi Politics & Current Events Club. He is enrolled in four advanced placement courses this school year and completed four others last year. He plans to wrestle this winter. He is a member of the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has coached a Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association team for two seasons and has volunteered at the Veterans Benefits Fair at Worksource Columbia Basin for two years and also at the Veterans’ booth at the Columbia Cup hydroplane races. He plans to attend a four-year college next year.

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

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