Etcetera - 9/10/12


To give their voices a leading edge for the season, Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines members attended a recent seminar in Yakima.

The educational event for singers in Regions 13 and 24 featured prominent Sweet Adelines International faculty presenter Dale Syverson, said local chorus director Darlene Filla in a release.

Director of the five-time International Chorus Champions, The Richtones, Dale has also helped to create five educational CDs in a series called "Sing, Baby, Sing."

General classes in the Yakima Convention Center were attended by 300 participants. Private vocal instruction was also offered by regional faculty.

Local singers sang in a chorus of 80 women, under the direction of Nikki Blackmer and coached by Dale. Nikki coached the local Sweet Adelines toward third place in their division in 2012, Darlene said.

Local Sweet Adelines are prepping for their upcoming Broadway-themed show, "SWEET APPLAUSE!" which will be Oct. 26 and 27 in the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Center. Blue Mountain Chorus encourages women to visit or its Facebook page for more information.

Steve "Ech" Echevarria's career as a police officer spanned 30 years by the time he retired on Aug. 30 from the Walla Walla Police Department.

He started there on Aug. 26, 1982, according to a release from Tim Bennett, public information officer.

He helped start the city's K-9 program and was handler of the first two narcotics detection dogs. Due to his K-9 expertise, he assisted in training 23 new K-9 officers in Brazil .

For almost 10 years, he was a detective in the City/County Drug Unit. He managed informants and made controlled purchases of narcotics. During his two-year stint as a Crime Prevention officer, he taught the McGruff Program in elementary schools. He also made presentations at Walla Walla County high schools as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program.

He has the distinction of being tapped as the Walla Walla School District's first school resource officer at Lincoln Alternative High School and middle schools.

While in the U.S. Air Force, he was a security police officer for eight years, including in Thailand. In 1985, Steve won a gold medal in judo at the World Police and Fire Games in San Jose.

"My thanks go out to Steve for his service and I wish him nothing but the best in retirement," Chief Scott Bieber said.

Now Steve expects to continue coaching youth athletics, spend more time with his family and ride his Harley-Davidson.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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