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Valley, grapes mostly evade worst of cold, snowy conditions

After one of the warmest Octobers and early Novembers on record, Mother Nature played a nasty trick on the Pacific Northwest last week as a deep and frigid intrusion of arctic air descended on the area, bringing snow and record-low temperatures to many locations.

Far from dry, bones can tell quite a story

His teeth had no cavities, but they were heavily worn. He was about my height — some 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He wasn’t petite, likely weighing around 160 pounds. Well before his death, he broke six of his ribs. Five of them never healed, but he kept going nevertheless.

Anthology to collect stories of Walla Wallans

Wayne M. Bushnell Jr. initiated an opportunity for local high school through adult writers to have submitted works included in an anthology dubbed “Walla Wallans and Their Stories.”

YCCY announces Youth & Government program

WALLA WALLA — The YMCA Community Center for Youth has introduced a new program for local high school students.

Registration open for annual Thanksgiving Day fun run

WALLA WALLA — The Salvation Army’s annual Turkey Trot 5K fun run and one-mile walk will be held Thanksgiving Day.

Ex-Walla Walla resident heads up foundation in Spokane

Former Walla Wallan Susan Joseph Nielsen is the new executive director of College Success Foundation in Spokane.

Art event to celebrate Universal Children’s Day

WALLA WALLA — Children’s Home Society of Washington will celebrate Universal Children’s Day, 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday at the YMCA, 340 S. Park St.

Wa-Hi junior selected for program in Olympia

Walla Walla High School junior Christian Moreno will serve on the Washington State Leaders in Education Ambassador Program in Olympia.

Old-school photographer to present at Fort Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — “Captivating Black and White Large Format Photography,” a lecture by photographer and engineer Jay Decker, will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Sifting through history: The lone female Medal of Honor recipient

U.S. Medal of Honor recipients have been in the news recently, making me curious to know if the nation’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, has ever gone to a woman.

Workshop to discuss prevention of drug use by teens

COLLEGE PLACE — Along with The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla, Sager Middle School will host a Parent Workshop on Wednesday at the school, 1755 S. College Ave. A family dinner from Sweet Basil will be at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30.

Mothers unite to gift headstone for 10-year-old girl’s grave

Walla Wallan Penny Piatt’s daughter, Vicki Smith Cooper, died at 22 on Feb. 19, 1997, because of heart problems caused by the chickenpox. In memory of her daughter, who attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Burbank, Penny wanted to gift a cemetery plot to a children’s program that grants wishes to seriously ill or dying children.

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Crafty gifts abound at annual holiday show

The holidays are all about traditions, and the Christmas Trio Gift & Craft Show — now in its 11th year — has become a tradition of its own.

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November’s chill drives farm activities indoors

Cold brings quiet. As of the date of this writing, Nov. 9, we haven’t had cold yet. The forecast is now showing a low of 16 degrees in a couple of days. Cold in the teens would bring quiet to the farm. Crops stay too frozen to harvest until midday sun. Those tedious and long-neglected office tasks become much more appealing.

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Video: Fake month reveals authentic courage

November is “National Diabetes Month.”

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