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J. Andrew Rodriguez, president of the Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club, enjoyed helping the Cascade Bicycle Club out of Seattle coordinate a three-day excursion in and around Walla Walla.

About 40 road cyclists were expected to take advantage of cycling opportunities that abound in the Walla Walla Valley in early October, J. Andrew said.

Cascade member Alexa Volwiler may have had something to do with the venue as her father, Craig Volwier, lives in Walla Walla.

She coordinated things from the Seattle end. The riders convened each day at the Pioneer Park Rose Garden then hit the road for a 58-miler on Oct. 4, an 88-miler on Oct. 5 and a 30-miler Oct. 6.

Local riders were encouraged to participate, J. Andrew said.

“This is exactly the kind of cycling tourism we envision for the Walla Walla Valley. It’s a win-win situation. The visiting cyclists get to enjoy the fabulous cycling our valley offers, and the local economy benefits from the tourist dollars. The potential for expanding this type of tourism in Walla Walla is huge.”

Wheatland Wheelers hosted a recovery meal for visiting riders immediately after Saturday’s ride, J. Andrew said. For more details, email him at president@wheatlandwheelers.com or 509-520-1838.

Five Walla Walla High School students are currently in Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan, for a 12-day homestay, according to Robert Keatts, chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee, and a chaperone for the group along with Kim Hays.

They left Walla Walla on Oct. 9 and expect to return Monday It’s the 20th year that the local sister city committee has conducted a home stay experience for area high school students.

The visitors are being hosted by families in Sasayama. They are traveling as a group to schools, museums and craft centers; experiencing the sounds, smells, taste, and rhythms of daily life there, Robert said.

Students Brighlee Ferguson Smith, Jack Peterson, Serena Uribe-Clay, Riley Winnett and Reed Bond have the opportunity to sightsee, attend food festivals, national sports day activities and various shrine festivals that are common this time of year.

Walla Walla and Sasayama became sister cities in 1972 to extablish friendship, goodwill and peace through cultural exchange and economic development potential. For more information find Walla Walla Sister City on Facebook.

Costumed kitties participating in a Kitty Couture Catwalk will prowl the runway at 109 N.E. Fifth St., in Milton-Freewater, on Oct. 29.

Chelsey Weber spoke to the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club about the event in which kitties compete for prizes, reported Rotarian Robby Robbins.

Entry forms are available at the Nine Lives Thrift Store or call 509-240-7582 for more information. Proceeds will benefit the Milton-Freewater Humane Society.

Rotary President Jon Lieuallen and past President Jesse Maxwell said the club is setting up a Harlem Ambassadors Basketball event for Nov. 14. Tickets are being printed and will be available soon. Twenty players and sponsors are needed to make the event a success, they said. Potential players and/or sponsors may contact Robby at 541-938-6523 or robby@valint.net for more information.

Jesse reported the club’s Base of the Blues Bash raised more than $15,000 for its projects, courtesy of sponsors, donors and participants.

The event was not dampened even after it was moved inside because of threatening weather.

The club honored Carol Woodhall with a certificate as a Ross Lee Fellow.

In 2005 the third “$100 Club” was established to continue to build a fund that supports the group’s scholarship awards.

Each year its 10 members meet for dinner and one name is drawn for the award that year. This time Pete Peery was drawn. Already a Ross Lee Fellow, he donated the award to Carol who recently retired from Baker Boyer Bank. He and Carol worked together for many years.

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club established the Ross and Helen Lee Scholarship Endowment Fund on July 1, 1988, organized and sponsored by Jim Swayne. The perpetual trust was named after Past District Governor Ross Lee and wife Helen to honor them for their many contributions to Rotary.

Its income provides college scholarship assistance to McLoughlin Union High School graduates. Contributions remain in trust and any income generated is available for distribution as scholarships.

A Fellowship is awarded for each contribution of $1,000 to the Endowment Fund. The Fellowship can be in the name of the donor or in the name of another person whom the donor wishes to honor. Contributions to the Endowment Fund may be made by Rotarians or non-Rotarians. The club has 39 Ross Lee Fellows.

Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets are seeking area veterans and their photos.

“We want to reach out to all veterans in our community,” said cadet Lt. Col. Zach Chlipala, Blue Devil cadet battalion commander.

“We hope they and their families will attend our annual Veterans Day assembly on the morning of Nov. 8. This year we’re trying to expand the way we recognize and honor our veterans. We’d love to get photos from area veterans to use in our video that will run during the ceremonies.”

JROTC cadets and ASB staff are organizing the event to honor those with service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, whether active, reserve, national guard or retired, said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Wa-Hi Army instructor.

“... any photo would be a great start, but we’re hoping to get ‘then and now’ images of every veteran, back when they were in the service and another more recent photo, too.” Images may be emailed, or they can scan and return hardcopy prints immediately to veterans or their families.

Further information for attendees and veterans intending to participate will be announced closer to the event. For more information about submitting photos, call the Senior Army Instructor at 509-527-3035 or email wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

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

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