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Music therapy strikes a chord with Park Manor memory patients

Remember when? The songs you love take you right back by stirring memories and emotions. Tunes and memories are now incorporated in a program at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center. According to Merilee Richardson, director of social services, the 99-bed center has a variety of residents, some in temporary rehab and some with more long-term memory issues. The program helps residents and their families, using the power of music.

Etc - Rotarians hear presentation on beer brewing

Beer makers and consumers can thank President Jimmy Carter, who in 1978 signed legislation that legalized local home brew in the U.S.

Etc - School administrators group honors engineer, construction manager Lodmell

The Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators presented its Community Leadership Award to Dean Lodmell, a longtime engineer, construction manager and Walla Walla community volunteer.

Etc - Walla Wallan thrives on making dresses for Africans

There’s just no stopping Walla Wallan Jane Samples, who thrives on making garments that benefit the Little Dresses for Africa program.

Etc - Gifts from youth’s birthday bash to benefit Blue Mountain Humane Society

When Jeremy Fetter turns 17 this month he will celebrate through birthday gifts the benefit Blue Mountain Humane Society, according to parents Jeff and Sheril Fetter of College Place.

Fairgrounds-housed German POWs gave peas a chance during WWII

The Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Pavilion is one of the town’s most distinctive buildings. Designed by Henry Osterman, it was built in 1906. Most citizens associate the Fairgrounds with family fun at much-loved yearly events such as rodeos, crab feeds and car shows. Yet during World War II it was a prisoner-of-war stockade populated with 650 captured Germans.

Etc - WWCC, Wa-Hi alum graduates with honors from CWU

Jill McDaniels James graduated magna cum laude from Central Washington University with an education degree in mathematics. She played two years of softball on scholarship at CWU.

Scots invade Athena for Caledonian Games Friday

The annual Caledonian Games gets started with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Athena’s City Park. That evening’s events also include a candle lighting service and blessing at 7:30, then an outdoor movie, “The Hills of Home,” at 8:15.

Etc: AAUW book sale comes to Fourth of July in the Park

There’s nothing like reading in the summer months when taking time off from school and work. Even on staycations readers can travel abroad and have adventures between the covers of a good tome.

Etc: Camp Fire takes up Disney theme

In Camp Fire’s second week of Super Summer! day camp, the group’s outdoor activities focused on a Disney theme. Campers could participate in such activities as dragon-slayer relays, excavate frozen hands with jewels hidden inside and have a fancy party in a fantastic wonderland. See bit.ly/1Rx9MS6 for details.

Service people - 6/30/15

Service people - 6/30/15

Etc: Wa-Hi Latino Club wins acclaim

Walla Walla High School Latino Club students received recognition in late May for exceptional dedication to the community and personal achievements in the past few years, said adviser Bill Erickson in a release.

Column: Granddaughter’s driving ambition brings back memories

Well, dear reader friends, another year in my most pleasant pastime as a retiree volunteer at the school where I was formerly employed as an elementary/junior high music specialist has crested the hill and disappeared into the waning sunset.