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Service people - 1/27/15

Graduated: Army Pfc. Russell D. Walker, from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

Workshop this evening to prepare children for college

Pioneer Middle School will host a Moms’ Network parent workshop this evening. Tony Cabasco, dean of admission and financial aid at Whitman College, will share information with parents about how to prepare their child for college, and what local resources are available.

Rotary meeting recounts New Year's Eve sights in NYC

Oh, sure, to ring in the new year, New York City’s Times Square has its famous, flashy 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball, with computerized LED lighting system covered in triangular crystal panels. In Key West, Fla., they lower a drag queen in a giant stiletto; it’s an onion in St. George’s, Bermuda; a tangerine in Brooksville, Fla.; a peach in Atlanta, Ga.; an Indy car in Indianapolis; and a red crab in Easton, Md. From liberty bells to beavers, pretzels to pickles, many communities mark the beginning of the new year with unusual devices.

Column: Instead of a difficult resolution, try a simple weeklong detox

I don’t buy into the whole new year’s resolution thing, making big promises to myself to change old habits or start a strict exercise regime. I’ve learned, over the years, it doesn’t work for me. I start strong but wane after a few days. Time and age have brought wisdom, and I now only aspire to be a better me, a more true version of myself, a kinder, more compassionate me. I aspire to make fewer mistakes, say what’s in my heart and support those people I care about.

Column: January a time to feast

There is a delicious scent in the air as we sit down to open January’s container of insight. Feelings of security and sated contentment overwhelm us. Nostalgic, poignant, emotional and powerful, this month’s vessel holds wisdom from the kitchen. It is an edible cultural identity, nourishment for both mind and body. January’s philosophy is one of food, of course.

Pressure makes for low-snow gloom

A tantalizing hint of what might be someday was offered to Walla Wallans last week when the sun made a half-day appearance before scaring itself away and becoming shrouded once again in a dense and drippy miasma that is as stubborn as the most partisan legislator.

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WWU alumni play around with Shakespeare

COLLEGE PLACE — Mix timeless humor, audience interaction and improvisation with Shakespeare and you get the upcoming performance at Walla Walla University. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]” was written by comedians Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. The production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987, and has since been performed all over the world.

Weathervine - Warmer, drier-than-normal conditions forecast to persist

A grateful populace welcomed much-needed rainfall and mild temperatures this past weekend as a wet and windy Pacific storm system swept over the Walla Walla Valley, dropping nearly one-half inch of rain on the area.

Author participates in Law Enforcement Citizens Academy

I became more familiar with how law enforcement and the criminal justice system work in Walla Walla County by participating in the 11-week Law Enforcement Citizens Academy in 2014. That’s our group at right.

Wa-Hi student returns for 'Week of Code'

Former Walla Walla High School student Nick Ferraro returned to the classroom to help digital media technology instructor Dennis DeBroeck with his “Week of Code.”

Miniature pinscher sets fashion trends around town

When Kaiser the miniature pinscher, 2, steps out into the chilly Walla Walla Valley clime, paws down he’s kitted out in a variety of on-trend, fashion-forward, yet warm and practical togs.

Failure, surrender able to inspire success, heroism

I recently traveled through China to check out opportunities to export products made in the Walla Walla Valley.

Organic certification the next milestone in farm’s development

“Are you organic?” This is the question we are asked most frequently at market. For eight years now we’ve been giving out answers that all go something like, “No, but we use organic practices.” Finally we’re ready to move toward that unequivocal, “YES.”

Humane Society helps pets fetch new owners

It’s a new year, with new hopes and beginnings. For animals dreaming of a forever home, the Blue Mountain Humane Society is building on a year of success and plans on continuing the forward momentum.