Etcetera - 6/2/13

Walla Walla Police Department Police Officer Danny Lackey, left, and Support Services Technician Bill Dunham show off the recently refurbished Walla Walla Police Department go-cart.

Walla Walla Police Department Police Officer Danny Lackey, left, and Support Services Technician Bill Dunham show off the recently refurbished Walla Walla Police Department go-cart. Courtesy photo

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Well, flush my engine and buff my bumper: Even go-carts need a makeover once in a while. And so, the go-cart donated to the Walla

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Walla Walla Police Department Police Officer Danny Lackey, left, and Support Services Technician Bill Dunham show off the recently refurbished Walla Walla Police Department go-cart.

Walla City-County D.A.R.E. program from Pepsi-Cola Bottling in 1990 got a facelift.

The go-cart had been driven in parades and community events during the 1990s, but has been stored at the city corporation yard for many years and fell into disrepair, said Police Department Public Information Officer Tim Bennett in a release.

The idea to overhaul the go-cart started when Police Officer Danny Lackey and Support Services Technician Bill Dunham contacted Penitentiary staff. They were eager to assist, said Bennett.

With no cost to the city or county, into the now zippier go-cart went a bigger motor, fresh paint, tires, emergency lights and a siren. It took more than four months to complete.

The Washington State Penitentiary Motorpool and Walla Walla Community College penitentiary program donated the labor and parts.

The public debut of the refurbished vehicle will be June 1, during the first Battle of the Badge baseball game for charity at Borleske Field.

Firefighters and law enforcement will compete against each other to raise money for Walla Walla Area Crime Watch, Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association and the YMCA Youth Sustaining campaign.

Sweet treats await those who attend The Health Center at Lincoln High School’s second annual Chocolate Journey Benefit for Kids! A party with a purpose!

Described as a FUNdraiser, proceeds will support high-need children served by The Health Center’s medical and mental-health programs at the high school and Blue Ridge Elementary.

Chocolate, wine and more chocolate are on the bill from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The cost is $60 per person, which includes chocolate-themed tapas, desserts, three glasses of wine and access to the silent auction.

Order tickets online at thehealthcenterww.org, call 529-5432, send payment to The Health Center, 534 S. Third Ave., Suite 16, Walla Walla, or email Deborah Peters, Deborah@TheHealthCenterWW.org.

Once upon a time the rare, expensive contents of libraries were the exclusive domain of royalty. Benjamin Franklin in 1742 established one of the American colonies’ first libraries, said librarian Bob Jones in a presentation.

The original library in Milton-Freewater is observing its 100th year, and it’s been a decade for the new library building. Bob gathered a lot of data for a “TenCennial” program on the subject.

Early libraries weren’t free, books couldn’t be checked out and some tomes were chained to the shelves.

Supported by local taxes, the first free public lending library was started in 1833 in Peterborough, N.H.

The Woman’s Improvement Club in 1913 established the Milton Public Library in a wooden structure on the present site of the south fire station. The Knights of Pythias Lodge donated land for a new building to be built in 1918 with funds from a Carnegie Foundation grant.

When Milton and Freewater merged in 1951, they merged their libraries into the present Milton-Freewater Public Library.

Libraries in the Umatilla County Library District since 1986 have shared publications and information, Bob said. The district involves 11 cities that contract to operate public libraries.

The library district, in cooperation with Blue Mountain Community College and the Oregon Trail Library District in Morrow County, participates in operating an online library computer system that replaced the card catalog and manual circulation processes with a shared database of more than 1,300,000 items in 75 libraries in eastern Oregon, and an automated circulation system.

Friends of the Milton-Freewater Public Library came into being in 1992 support library programs and services. Principal funding for the library comes from the city of Milton-freewater and the Umatilla County Library District.

In 2001 the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation offered a challenge grant of up to $1,250,000 for the $2,500,000 project to build a new library, Bob said. The building opened on April 1, 2003, and is named in honor of Gladys Leibbrand Valley.

For further information contact Bob at 541-938-8246 or Rotarian Robby Robbins at 541-938-6523.

David Nichols embraces the command, “Go Fish!” hook, line and sinker. A pet project of his is the annual College Place Lions Club Free Fishing Derby for Youth, said Lion Dave Walk.

A College Place city employee and Lions member, David oversees the delivery of the fish to the Lions Park Pond, manages the grate that keeps the fish in the pond for the course of the derby, strings engineer tape around the pond and lowers it for the start of the event.

The club sees about 100 young anglers, parents and grandparents each spring for the event to catch fish stocked by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The pond’s depth was being compromised by silt buildup, an ongoing concern to state fish biologists. Knowing that, Dave Nichols started the ball rolling that resulted in representatives and the staff of seven groups gathering at the Lions Club to plan improvements to the pond and creek that runs through the park, Dave said.

The working group includes Pat Reay, College Place city administrator; Paul Hartwig, College Place city engineer; Glen Mendel, fish management biologist for southeast Washington; Mike Bireley, executive director, and Brian Burns, project manager with Tri-State Steelheaders; Tara Patten, restoration specialist, CURB coordinator for Tri-State Steelheaders; Dave and Jerry Davis with the College Place Lions; Mike Kuttle Jr. of Washington Department of Ecology; and Mike Denny of the Walla Walla County Conservation District.

“Mike Denny emerged as consensus leader of the group’s efforts during the early stage of planning because of his great fondness for the pond and the park,” Dave Walk said. Speaking to Dave Nichols and the Lions Club last week, Mike Denny said, “I grew up on this pond! We want to open the creek back up so fish can come up from the Walla Walla River. The goal is to get some native fish into the creek and pond.”

Engineer Bruce Hiner is coming to Lions Park in July. He’ll be drawing up plans for the pond and the stream. After that there will be a series of public meetings for public input and involvement.

“College Place, as a community, needs to get involved. We have to get involvement in the park. It’s a real treasure,” said Mike.

Denny asked the College Place Lions to coordinate community involvement on the project. He expects the project to take at least 18 months to complete. Those interested in becoming involved can email the collegeplacelions@gmail.com or call 525-4810.

The club is located at 801 S.E. Larch St., in front of Lions Park.

Those at the Sharpstein Elementary School bus stop at will now be able to wait sitting down, as Walla Walla School District Elementary Explorer teacher Mary Cortinas and students in her program recently donated a bench.

District maintenance staff installed the bench at no cost to the Explorer Program. The Explorer classes sold Snow Leopard Trust items three years ago and again this year to raise funds for it.

Students used 65 percent of their sale proceeds to fund the Snow Leopard Trust, an organization for sustainable practices and job creation in countries where snow leopards live.

Remaining funds went to purchase the bench, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter noted.

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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