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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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Annual tree project benefits seniors

Plenty of those in need in our community find it very difficult to get through the winter and holidays. It’s often cold and dark, and family may be far away. Fortunately this is also the season of giving.

Tears of Niners fans presage more 'weepy' weather

It was a wet and weepy week in the Walla Walla Valley — particularly for your weatherperson. Nearly four-tenths of an inch of rain fell late Friday into early Saturday morning, effectively melting the last few patches of ice from a couple of freezing rain events earlier in the week. The pelting rain Friday night was mirrored by your forecaster’s own copious flow of tears resulting from a thoroughly embarrassing declawing suffered by his Arizona Wildcats earlier that evening at the hands (feet?) of the University of Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.

Chill drives football fans, grapevines into seasonal dormancy

It was a long weekend of football and food — just as Thanksgiving should be — and the sudden change in the weather late Friday night and Saturday argued eloquently for a couple of days firmly planted on the couch with a warming fire, the girlfriend and dogs close by.

Truth sometimes stranger than fiction

A number of things have occurred at Fort Walla Walla Museum that I would not believe if they were not personally experienced. This is one of those stories.

Hagar: No kidding: ‘Snow Child’ a ‘delicious’ read

You know I rarely do book reviews. For good reason — my recreational reading time is limited to that very brief span between when I crawl into bed and when I can no longer keep my eyes open.

Annual fundraiser benefits Senior Center

Part of the appeal of the holiday season is finding gifts for loved ones, and having fun doing it.