Donating goods gives back great opportunity to learn

When Candy and Ernie Schrader visited the Omo River Valley, the Gibe III dam, and captial of Ethiopia, Addis Abbaba, in April they brought along goods from several Walla Walla businesses to donate.

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In pursuit of projects that ... hold water

If there were an award for most-traveled Walla Wallan, Ernie Schrader would likely win it. Schrader, who competes in endurance horse-racing in his spare time, has been to more than 35 countries while working on more than 100 different dams across the globe as an engineer. Most recently, Schrader returned from an April visit to the Gibe III Dam on the Omo River in Ethiopia, for which he is a consulting engineer and principal designer. Schrader also spoke at the Africa 2013 conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Abbaba, a conference on hydropower and water storage.

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A local veterinarian finds ... Tending a farm feeds the heart

It’s early in the morning, but Greg Proctor has already been at work, judging from the chuff of his tractor in the distance and the scent of freshly cut grass thick in the nose. High above, summer-weight clouds daub the brightening sky. At closer distance are several rows of young cherry trees, trained along a horizontal wire. And beyond those are rooted peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and pluots at Morningstar Berry Farm on East Ferndale Road.

Church bulletin - 6/23/13

Umapine’s Vacation Bible School begins at SDA church on Monday UMAPINE — Umapine’s Vacation Bible School begins at 9 a.m. Monday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 84685 Ringer Road in Umapine. The Bible school is for children ages 4-12. It will meet daily through Friday. This VBS experience is entitled “Athens.” Parents are welcome. For more information, call Brigitte Davis at 541-730-9090.

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Take soccer, also known as “the beautiful game.” Magnify it on an international level.

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Play Ball!

Funny thing about final scores – they don’t always tell the whole story. Wednesday night’s season opening game at Borleske Stadium for the 2013 Walla Walla Sweets baseball team goes down in the record book as a 4-1 loss to the visiting Bend Elks. But it was a lot more than just a final score.

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up-LIFT-ing experience

MILTON-FREEWATER — Across the Ferndale Elementary School playground, a student worked to slow down the 6-year-old Welsh pony named “Elvis” that she was riding. “I’ve ridden before, he’s just got more life,” the girl said from her perch. “You need to pull back and get him to stop,” instructed Lorri Wright, a retired Ferndale teacher who raises Welsh ponies with her husband, John. Wright went on to describe Elvis’ lively personality.

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Even successful mushroom hunts can yield slim pickings

You could say even the worst day mushroom hunting is better than the best day working. That being said, this mushroom hunting season is proving to be one of the worst in quite some time for wild morel mushroom hunters. “The trouble is we are just finding one here or there. If it were any scarcer than this, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble,” mushroom expert Paul Miller said, as he stopped to pick a single black morel from the ground.

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On Broadway

Another opening, another show. Any chance we get.

Church bulletin - 5/19/13

Church bulletin for May 19.

Church bulletin - 5/12/13

First Presbyterian to hold meeting of church secretaries WALLA WALLA — First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla, 325 S. First Ave., will hold a get acquainted meeting for local area church secretaries at noon Wednesday.

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Weekend Warriors

Holding regular lives Monday through Friday and ranging in age from 19 to 51, fooball lives on for this Elite group of Weekend Warriors.

For Jeff Knowles, playing football is about camaraderie The 27-year-old co-owner of the minor league Waitsburg Elite said he loves spending his Saturdays on the field. “I just look forward to the adrenaline every Saturday, and the camaraderie of getting a great group of guys,” he said. “I feel like it’s kind of like the camaraderie of military men, when you’re taking risks together and fighting together.”

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Going West with a nifty 50 mm

We are very curious creatures. We take the world apart to see how it works. We build, destroy, rebuild, make it better, make it worse. We jump –with parachutes – out of perfectly good airplanes.

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A shot at a dream

For many men, sitting around a gun store all day would be a dream come true. Gun store owner Jeff Pierce, on the other hand, would rather devote his time to designing and building guns. “Retail wasn’t really my focus,” Pierce said in a recent interview at his store. “It (is) necessary to do the other parts.”

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The sound of fitness

It was hard to say which was louder, the crash of barbells hitting the floor or the hard rock music pounding the air. Both were part of the picture at a recent workout session in the CrossFit gym in Walla Walla, one of two now open in the area. (The second is in College Place.) This evening’s group was a diverse lot, men and women ranging from college age to slightly graying. But all had one thing in common, intensity.

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