Etcetera Jan. 14

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Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force will honor its 2013 Safety Awards Recipients during its annual recognition luncheon.

Open to the community, it will be held at noon Jan. 17 in the Walla Walla Masonic Center, 607 E. Main St. Reservations for the $15 event may be made by contacting Task Force Coordinator Nancy McClenny-Walters at 524-2936.

Numerous program volunteers who’ve helped during 2012 with such programs as Child Passenger Safety, Victim Impact Panels and Tipsy Taxi will be recognized, Nancy said. A number of other awards will be made during the luncheon.

It’s a new year filled with opportunities to extend goodwill, friendship and peace, according to Walla Wallan Robert Keatts, chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee. He received word from friends in Sasayama, Japan, that a group will be visiting the Walla Walla Valley from around March 24 to April 3.

Altogether, 19 students and two chaperones will be in Walla Walla for 11 days, and the search for host families is on. Their stay coincides with Walla Walla School District’s spring break. He’d like to hear from those who are interested in hosting one or two students.

“Your interest is not a commitment, but it will give us a general idea of how much harder we will have to beat the bushes,” he said.

Separately, Walla Walla High School will be hosting its own contingent of 80 students from sister school Yamate about 10 days after Sasayama students head for home.

Potential hosts are encouraged to consider being involved in both visits.

For more information, contact Robert at 525-0049 or email robert_wwscc@yahoo.com.

Walla Walla High School alum Jerry Zahl, who founded the Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship Fund, reports it has grown to more than $25,000 in just nine months.

An item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter notes that the endowment fund is managed by Blue Mountain Community Foundation.

Jerry established the fund to help students receive money for college for generations to come.

Donations to the fund may be made at any time, he said, by mailing BMCF, P.O. Box 603, Walla Walla, WA 99362; or online at bluemountainfoundation.org.

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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