Children comfy against cold with cozy contributions


Hey, baby, it’s cold outside. To help those in need bundle up against the chilly weather, Camp Fire Walla Walla youngsters and their families donated 187 warm winter clothing items and blankets for Helpline.

Sharpstein Elementary kids led the way with a total of 82 items donated. Each school site cut and tied fleece blankets for those cold winter nights ahead, said Peggy Needham, Camp Fire communications coordinator.

“Camp Fire Walla Walla kids want to make a difference in our community by helping others.”

For more details, contact the Camp Fire office at 509-525-3180 or .

Nominations are being accepted for the College Place Volunteer of the Year Award through Dec. 9, cosponsored in its second year by College Place Lions Club and the city of College Place.

Seven volunteers from the community were honored with the Nichols Award for Public Service in 2012, said Lions President Carl Walk. Janice Anhorn of SOS Health Services was tapped as Volunteer of the Year.

The club got the word out this year with posters and nomination forms dropped off at public schools, Walla Walla Valley Academy, city of College Place administrative offices and at Andy’s.

The nomination form is also available online via a Google or Yahoo search for “collegeplacelions.” Anyone can submit a nomination.

Nominees do not have to live in College Place but their service must benefit the College Place area. Nominees should have a past history of volunteer work over a period of years.

The awards ceremony will be Jan. 11. “On that night we will be recognizing the 2013 Volunteer of the Year and give a large cash award to the organization our selected volunteer serves,” Carl said.

The Oregon School Boards Association’s Leadership Institute recognized Milton-Freewater School Board members Tim McElrath and Don Miller with leadership awards.

The pair were among 31 locally elected board members recognized on Nov. 16, with awards for completing course work through the institute. A silver award went to Tim and Don was given a bronze award.

Presented at OSBA’s annual convention in Portland, the bronze-, silver-, gold- and platinum-level awards recognize significant levels of achievement in leadership and development.

“School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon’s children,” said Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA’s executive director. “This is an extra measure of their dedication.”

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Signing a letter of intent, Walla Walla High School Senior Cadet 1st Sgt. Sarah Jameson officially accepted a scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno, to shoot on its 2014 Rifle Team.

The signing was witnessed by family, friends and members of the Walla Walla High School JROTC Rifle Team while in the Wa-Hi Fletcher Room.

“We are very excited for her” said Rifle Coach Mark Mebes. “This young lady has spent untold hours on rifle ranges across the country to rise to the level she is at today.”

Although the 2013-14 high school rifle season has just started, Sarah has been grabbing headlines in the sport since her sophomore season, said Walla Walla Public Schools Communications Director Mark Higgins in a release.

Competing on the Wa-Hi Precision Rifle Team in July, Sarah’s group brought home the Junior Olympic Three-Position Rifle National Championship from Anniston, Ala. Her score set an individual national record.

She’s been busy the past few months. “The University of Kentucky Rifle Team flew me out to their college for an official visit last month and I have been talking with the University of West Virginia as well.”

Ultimately Sarah chose based on other new team members signing at UNR.

“I know a couple of the athletes that are going to be freshmen on the team with me next season,” she said. “Although we have been shooting against each other for years in high school we have bonded outside the rifle range and truly like each other. We all know how important it is to bond as a team, and I am looking forward to the experience.”

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


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