Etcetera - 3/28/13


Through efforts of Pioneer Middle School National Junior Honor Society members, the coffers at Blue Mountain Action Council received $875.75 to aid in its efforts to tackle hunger in the Walla Walla Valley.

During a Souper Bowl of Caring Bowl-A-Thon in February, students collected pledges and donations.

National Junior Honor Society challenges its members to organize community service projects as part of the program, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

“We paired this event with our mid-year celebration and the kids had a great time bowling,” said Alba Biagi, advisor.

“I’m so proud of our NJHS kids for all their hard work with this event. We have some really great kids that really care about their community.”

Exchange Club of Walla Walla members honored Walla Walla Fire District 4 firefighter Wade Hicks with their Officer of the Year Award.

District 4 Fire Chief Rocky Eastman nominated him for recognition, noting that Wade was a valuable asset to the training officer during fall academy recruitment and that he has excelled in his ability to learn the role of a firefighter/EMT.

“Over the course of 2012 Wade Hicks completed 270 hours of training and did not miss a scheduled training,” Rocky said.

“Hicks has been a resident firefighter for the last two years and most recently he has started his new position as a full-time employee with Fire District 4.”

The Exchange Club Officer of the Year program coordinator is Kim McDaniels.

Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association will host the 35th annual Barrel Daze April 12-14 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds, said publicity director Rosie Gallaher in a release.

She said in addition to local talent, they expect contestants from every state west of the Mississippi River, as well as Alaska and three Canadian provinces.

There is $190,000 in cash and awards for the event.

Contestants range in age from at least 4 years to well past 80.

“Come watch this great event for free and take in one of the largest western trade shows in the Northwest,” Rosie said.

For more details, call Rosie at 509-337-6366.

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


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