Siblings' lemonade benefits juvenile arthritis Etcetera 7-14-13


When you get to Friday, arrive thirsty.

Sister and brother Allison and Jack Wanichek will peddle lemonade once again to raise money to increase awareness of juvenile arthritis.

Donors can tank up on three kinds of lemonade and a selection of baked goods will be available from noon-3 p.m. at the lemonade stand at Walla Walla Builder’s Supply, 607 W. Tietan St.

Lemonade for the cause will also be available for purchase through Friday at Red Monkey, Stone Hut and Green Spoon restaurants.

Nearly 300,000 children in America have the disease, Allison among them. The Garrison Middle School seventh-grader was diagnosed two years ago with arthritis in several joints.

It’s now her mission to ensure everyone knows more about one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the United States, Allison says.

The pair raised $8,000 in the past two years and hope to bring in $5,000 this year, said mom Staci Wanichek.

A portion of the proceeds this year will benefit Children’s Wishes & Dreams, a nonprofit wish-granting organization that helps ill children in Walla Walla see their dreams come true.

In a truly community effort, 20 Garrison Middle School Space Project students chased a weather balloon about 120 miles across the Palouse region to the northwest corner of Whitman County, said Bill Erickson in a Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter item. It was launched from Garrison’s football field June 17.

The students and their van drivers, project coordinator Brent Cummings, Martin Fortney and Jeremy Gradwohl, were helped by a chase crew of advisers, Frank Skorina from Walla Walla Community College, Andrea Dobson, Marin Meades and Emma Dahl from Whitman College and Bill, who is involved with the Walla Walla High School Latino Club.

The team found the balloon several hours after it landed in a wheat field, about a mile from the nearest road.

Prior to the launch, it took about 11/2 hours to prepare the camera platform and fill the balloon with 150 cubic feet of helium.

Aided by Garrison science teacher Sue Schultz and retired Garrison science teacher Sue Parish, the girls used a checklist developed weeks before to ensure requirements and cameras were set before launch. This included a call into the FAA to provide a pre-flight notice of the high altitude balloon launch, which occurred at 10:30 a.m., Bill said.

Involved in a six-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics program, the students pursued the balloon through Dayton, Dusty, Colfax, St. John and Ewan, and eventually sited it just west of Rock Creek Lake.

During the balloon’s four hour flight, it reached a maximum altitude of 105,835 feet or 20 miles. As a follow-up to the flight, the students analyzed data and reviewed and edited the video taken during the flight. A final presentation was planned for their families, the community and sponsors.

Student participants, with the support of 3R’s mentors Nallely Facio, Brenda Lopez and Eduardo Duran, included Fatima Alvarado, Angie Alvarado, Yesenia Balderas, Angeles Hernandez, Rubi Lopez, Sarai Lopez, Cynthia Macias, Lizbeth Maya, Cynthia Montalvo, Isla Ortiz, Yolanda Osorio, Axel Patino, Jaelyn Pineda, Kimberly Pureco, Sonia Robles, Andrea Romero, Itzel Salazar, Diana Sandoval, Joycelyn Sotelo and Samantha Vivanco.

The project’s mission is to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Latina students at Garrison. Funding sources included an initial $1,500 grant from the Walla Walla chapter of the American Association of University Women for 4 GoPro cameras; $250 from Nelson Irrigation for GoPro micro SD cards; $200 from Columbia REA for camera chargers and battery packs; $200 from Exploring Post 311, First Fruits Fund via Blue Mountain Community Foundation. Valley Vision donated anti-fog wipes for cameras.

Whitman College Outreach Coordinator Sue Burt provided funding to help transport the students to pre-launch educational opportunities in the community. Larry Dobson helped provide assistance with the rocket lab and camera mounts and Whitman astronomy/physics professor Andrea Dobson purchased the $700 balloon kit.

Two longtime residents and fast friends celebrated their 100th birthdays during a come-and-go reception June 29 at the Walla Walla Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall.

Birthday girl Mabel Jones and her late husband Mike moved to the Walla Walla area in 1965.

She taught second grade and was a librarian at Rogers Elementary School in College Place. She also gave remedial reading lessons in the community, taught 55-Alive defensive driving classes for seniors, assisted with the M.O.P.S. program and volunteered at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

She has five daughters, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mabel’s fellow celebrant Lester Ruud’s 100th birthday is Wednesday. He relocated to this area from Pendleton 30 years ago. A businessman, he had a gift shop and hearing aid service that his son took over and continues to operate.

Lester launched a new certified hearing aid service for the Walla Walla community. He has been a director of City Church community services for many years and volunteered for the Gospel Outreach organization. He and wife Vera have two children, six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Adem Arac of Walla Walla earned placement on Gonzaga University’s 2013 spring semester dean’s list.

Students attending the private Catholic, Jesuit and humanistic university in Spokane must earn a 3.5-3.69 grade-point average to be on the dean’s list.

GU’s president’s list for the same time period included Carter Currin, Dayton; and Claire Elmenhurst, Nathan Gallinat, Danielle Hall, Shelby Osborn and William Thorne, all of Walla Walla. They had to earn GPAs of 3.7-4.0 to be included.

Former Walla Wallan Jessica Majerus Ritchie graduated June 14 from the University of Washington with a doctor of pharmacy degree.

She graduated in 2005 from DeSales High School and in 2009 from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry.

The daughter of Doug and Chris Majerus of Walla Walla, Jessica and husband Jeremy Ritchie wed in 2010 and live in Everett.

She plans to work at a pharmacy in the Seattle area, Chris said.

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


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