Junior Club of Walla Walla wrapped up another superlative service year at its recent year-end banquet. Its 41 members logged 5,931 hours in service to community and nonprofit organizations in the Walla Walla Valley. That’s $131,312.34 in economic impact to these groups, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that values volunteer time at $22.14 an hour.
Documentary filmmaking has opened doors of discovery and adventure for Walla Walla native Chris Cresci, a member of the Walla Walla High School Class of 2008.
Walla Walla Kiwanis Club and Walla Walla Camp Kiwanis Foundation awarded Service/Merit Scholarships to three Walla Walla High School seniors for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to Bill Vollendorff and Scott Wolfram, scholarship committee co-chairmen.
A local student will serve on the 2013-2014 Washington State Future Farmers of America state officer team.
Former area resident Marissa Mabley graduated on May 3 from Grand Canyon University’s Ken Blanchard College of Business in Phoenix.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Walla Wallan Andrew J. Gallagher tuned in to the constant barrage of metaphors such as “playing hardball,” “a flood of immigrants,” “the economy has collapsed,” “candidates are neck and neck” and “the election is going down to the wire.”
On an overnight trip to Olympia to meet with elected officials, Pioneer Middle School teacher Chris Plucker and students in his Leadership Class visited with 16th District Reps. Terry Nealey and Maureen Walsh and Sen. Mike Hewitt.
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 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.
The Walla Walla YMCA credits the “tireless and passionate work of volunteer campaigners and generous contributions of the Walla Walla Valley residents” for its successful Annual Youth Sustaining Campaign that raised close to $155,000.
Five area residents were among recipients of 350 degrees conferred during Whitman College’s commencement ceremony May 19.
P.E.O. Chapter AP will host its second annual golf tournament on June 8 at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local women.
A new children’s book by Walla Walla native Sonja Biggs is truly a family affair. Illustrated with photos by husband Atom Biggs, “Brandon’s Dream” is about their son Brandon’s journey with blindness and achieving his goals.
The Board of the Walla Walla Public Library, Beth Hudson, library director, and Jeffrey Townsend, media lab director, are inviting all y’all to the grand opening of the library’s media lab, CrewSpace. The “bold new opportunity for media creators of all ages” and the event celebrating it are at the library, 238 E. Alder St., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday.
Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored four students with Accepting the Challenge of Excellence awards. Winner, Vanessa Flores, of Prescott High School, received a $500 scholarship and plaque.
Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary are gearing up for another big benefit yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Friday-Saturday on the lawn at the aviary building, 925 Whitman St.
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