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Wild weather week as winds over Blues blow up temp records

The Walla Walla Valley did little to diminish its well-known reputation for meteorological drama last week as once again the area was subjected to a wide and wild variety of weather — both welcome and unwelcome.

Networking, on-site tours help to educate farmers

Continuing farmer education takes on many forms for us here at Welcome Table Farm.

Navigating holiday traditions in 2nd marriage a tricky waltz

I’m becoming something of an expert on second marriages. On my second marriage, anyway.

Greenhouse project has students raising funds

The thought of spring excites most people, especially gardeners. This year, classrooms full of budding growers are looking forward to spring — and their new project. Grade K-2 students at Rogers Adventist School, taught by Robin Browning, are planning the construction of a greenhouse.

‘Strategic and tactical,’ ‘Hearthstone’ gets players all fired up

How does one write a review of a game that has a marketing model one finds somewhat sickening? Especially when that review is an extremely positive endorsement of said game?

AARP Driver Safety course offered in December

WALLA WALLA — AARP Driver Safety is offering its Smart Driver Course in December. The curriculum was developed to help drivers 50 and older stay current with driving laws and new technologies inside and outside of vehicles.

World War II-era pump organ rediscovered at local church

Self-described as “old but very active,” Ora Rae Ottmar “can’t stand to sit around in a rocking chair. I’m just a member of (Emmanuel Lutheran Church) Council at the moment but I stay busy helping with anything that needs to be done,” Ora Rae said.

YMCA to host US Masters Swim Clinic

WALLA WALLA — A U.S. Masters Swim Clinic for adults is coming to the Walla Walla YMCA.

Marine Corps veteran lands scholarship at WWCC

Robert Dixson accepted a Stanley A. Neal Veterans Scholarship through the Walla Walla Community College Worker Retraining Program, said Kelly Snell, worker retraining manager.

Job’s Daughters to host Breakfast with Santa

WALLA WALLA — The annual Breakfast with Santa fundraising event sponsored by the Walla Walla Job’s Daughters will be 8-10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Walla Walla Masonic Center, 607 E. Main St.

Officers raise more than $2,400 in No Shave November

The American Cancer Society will benefit from $2,456 raised by Walla Walla Police Department employees. A few last-minute donations trickled in as part of the hirsute crew’s “No Shave November” fundraiser. The local group blew past its original goal, to raise $1,000.

WSU Master Gardener program seeks volunteers

WALLA WALLA — The WSU Extension in Walla Walla County is now taking applications for its Master Gardener Volunteer program.

Better birth date among birthday wishes for some

Everybody seems to think they have the best day for a birthday, even if we all know they are wrong. Some, like my son, who was born on June 21, think they have a pretty good argument: It’s always sunny on his birthday, and it doesn’t matter what day of the week it falls — people can always come to an evening party. Outside. But he doesn’t ever get to have cupcakes or a party at school; he will never know how cool that is. Plus, a lot of his friends miss his party because they end up being on vacation.

Column: Family says goodbye to best friend

I carry this little florist card with me lately, tucked into my pocket like a talisman against the stupid tears.

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