Helpline fundraiser set for Wednesday

Helpline’s annual SoupPort fundraiser will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 16 at St. Patrick Blanchett Hall, 425 W. Alder St.

Veterans' dinner to honor law enforcement, first responders

Veterans of Foreign Wars Grant Farmer Post 992 will host an appreciation dinner at 6 p.m. April 24 to honor fire, law enforcement, safety and first responders.

Rotary Club recognizes Walla Walla students with scholarhships

Recipients are Dakota Phillips, Lincoln High School, $1,000 High School Scholarship; and $500 to the Exploring Post 311, Blue Mountain Council-Boy Scouts of America, in support of the Walla Walla High School Latino Club.

Berney students win Walla Walla's Battle of the Books

Berney Elementary School students Kellen Kenny, Denali Parodi, Brooklyn Schoesler and Jasaih Keifer from Robyn Ponti’s fourth-grade class won the 2014 All-City Battle of the Books.

Walla Walla High JROTC battallion names cadet of the month

Cadet Sgt. Victoria Van Mierlo earned Cadet of the Month in the Walla Walla High School Blue Devils JROTC Battalion.

Run-up begins for 17th Ducky Derby

Can you believe 16 annual Ducky Derbies have been held in town so far? Exchange Club of Walla Walla kicked off its 17th annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby Monday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Student elections held at Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla High School elections for 2014-2015 class officers concluded recently, according to adviser and teacher Arch McHie.

Altrusa to host spelling bee in May at Whitman College

Altrusa International of Walla Walla will host its annual Youth Spelling Bee for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students on May 10 in Hunter Conservatory on the Whitman College campus.

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South-of-the-border basset Chuy finds Walla Walla Valley home

“I came around the corner, pointed and screamed, ‘basset, basset!’”

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Teddy bear tea raises funds for scholarships

Proceeds from the 225 who attended came to $2,545.

YMCA adds Moms' Network leader as communications coordinator

Beth Swanson, who has shepherded The Moms’ Network since June 2007 at president, is adding communication coordinator duties with the YMCA.

20th reunion in works for Walla Walla High's class of '94

Richele Heilbrun Loney, a member of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1994, said plans are in the works for the group’s 20th reunion in early August.

Nicole Sawatzki Hodgson headed to 3-year emergency medicine residency

Nicole Sawatzki Hodgson got the word that her three-year emergency medicine residency will begin in June at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Nicole is set to graduate in May from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she is in the top 5 percent of her class and earned admission to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is an alumna in 2006 from Walla Walla High School and in 2010 from Washington State University, Pullman, with a bachelor’s in neuroscience. Nicole’s husband Mark Hodgson is completing his bachelors’ degrees in international relations and political science degrees with a minor in Spanish at Florida International University in Miami. He will also receive certificates in Latin American and Caribbean studies and in security studies. Mark directs the FIU Model United Nations Team, currently ranked in the Top Five in the nation. He will graduate magna cum laude in April and expects to pursue graduate studies in international relations when they move to Phoenix. Nicole’s parents are Tom Sawatzki and Gay Buissink, both of Walla Walla. Also a member of the Wa-Hi Class of 2006, Mark is the son of Jeanne Hodgson Thompson of Walla Walla and the late Gary Hodgson.

Winners emerge from local Toastmasters speech contest

A lively speech contest ensued when Walla Walla area Toastmasters gathered on March 23. Contestants showcased their skills, according to a release from Thomas Brown.

WW elementary schools compete in math contest

The Walla Walla Valley Elementary School Math Contest took place March 29 at Edison Elementary, said Albert Schueller, who records statistics for the competition and keeps track of rosters.

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