Etcetera - 4/11/13


Milton-Freewater Public Library’s new building is a decade old this year, an excellent reason to host a TenCennial.

Librarian Bob Jones said it combines the building’s 10th anniversary opening in April 2003 and the Milton Public Library’s centennial dating back to April 1913.

The Woman’s Improvement Club originally organized and operated the library, which 100 years ago was only open four hours per week on Thursday afternoons. Today it welcomes patrons six days a week over 44 hours.

The TenCennial party will be 1 Monday in the Albee Community Room with special guest, State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen.

The event also will mark National Library Week, April 14-20, and Marie Vancil Day. Longtime library volunteer Marie Vancil was recognized several years ago in a City Council proclamation making April 15 Marie Vancil Day annually.

TenCennial cake, in the shape of the Gladys Leibbrand Valley Public Library Building, will be served to all comers. “We may have a surprise or two, as well,” Bob said.

The library is at 8 S.W. Eighth Ave. For more details, call Bob at 541-938-8246.

The safety of students in drop-off and pick-up zones being paramount, Pioneer Middle School Principal Mira Gobel teamed with Walla Walla Public School District’s school zone safety committee Safe Travels Alliance and city representatives to evaluate those areas and improve parking for staff and visitors. The most significant change is designating the school’s main parking lot in front of the school, 450 Bridge St., for parents and visitors only.

Moving a storage container near the science building portables on the north side of campus created space for additional staff parking. And a storage container on the school’s south side is being relocated to offer more staff parking there.

Pioneer staff have permits for the designated parking areas during school hours. Police officers will patrol these areas to enforce the new rules.

“Our local law enforcement officers will be diligent in helping everyone be safety conscious,” Mira said in an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter. “We are positive that enforcement of the safety zones and new parking configurations will take care of some of the running between cars, darting out into traffic and other problems we have experienced.”

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


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