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Annie Charnley Eveland

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Legislator feted for support of early learners

Early Learning Action Alliance bestowed a Gold Crayon Award on state Rep. Maureen Walsh, D-16th District, in recognition of her commitment to the first five years in children’s lives.

Former Walla Walla couple weds

Former Walla Walla residents Michaella Pugliese Schilling and Austin Schilling, now of Vancouver, Wash., wed on June 28, 2014, at Creekstone Gardens in Walla Walla.

Children's Museum of Walla Walla receives $7,000 grant

The Children’s Museum of Walla Walla recently received a $7,000 grant from the Blue Mountain Association for the Education of Young Children.

Trunk or Treat set for Oct. 30 at Wa-Hi

A can of food provides admission to the annual student-sponsored Trunk or Treat from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Walla Walla High School in the science parking lot off Abbott Road.

YCCY plans Halloween dance at Armory

All the teens can be killin’ it (vernacular for doing something very good) when they turn up for a YMCA Community Center for Youth-hosted Halloween dance from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Washington State National Guard Armory, 113 S. Colville St. Costumes are encouraged.

Pheasants Forever chapter plans planting

In its continuing efforts to provide cover for upland game birds, members of Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain Chapter will plant about 200 trees and shrubs at 9 a.m. Saturday at a site on the north side of Lewis Peak Road, east of Dixie.

School officials review emergency preparedness list

Walla Walla Public Schools looked at their emergency preparedness list and checked it at least twice, finding they have met the requirements outlined in RCW 28A.320.125. This state law requires school districts and schools to have emergency plans in place that include drills, safety training, interaction with first responders and expertise in the Incident Command System.

Scholarships on offer for area students

Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association is offering two $1,200 scholarship grants to prospective teachers and/or candidates in other school-related fields who will student-teach or do internship experience in an educational setting.

Area firefighters blaze fundraising trail for cystic fibrosis

Raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, several area firefighters competed in the sixth annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge Climb for the Cure in September.

Youthful musician from College Place performs original song

Fifteen-year-old songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Jack Sherrell performed an awesome original song during his first performance at Interlochen (Mich.) Arts Academy.

Businesses chip in school supplies for kids in need

Two area businesses teamed to donate school supplies to students in need in the College Place School District 250, according to a release.

Garrison Middle students to launch weather balloons

Five high-altitude weather balloons will be cut loose simultaneously on Oct. 23 at Garrison Middle School athletic fields.

Program to discuss sites of WW County Poor Farm, Cemetery

Before welfare programs and federal Social Security, indigents in Walla Walla County could live and work at a poor farm during the Depression in the 1930s.

Local students named to WSU president's honor roll

A dozen students in the U-B circulation area made Washington State University’s summer semester president’s honor roll:

Events for veterans set for Wednesday in Walla Walla

American Veterans Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111’s monthly member meeting will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a potluck dinner, followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. in the Maxson Room at the Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center, 720 Sprague Ave.

Walla Walla school worker elected to statewide union board

Benjamin “BJ” Colvin, a technology department technician with Walla Walla Public Schools, was elected a zone director on the Board of Directors of Public School Employees of Washington/Service Employees International Local 1948.

Walla Walla Student makes honor roll at OSU

Walla Wallan Peter B. Rindal made the scholastic honor roll summer term at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Climbing wall a hit at Blue Ridge

Now kids at Blue Ridge Elementary School can climb the walls with a stamp of approval.

Teacher- and parent-led trip heads to Belize

Situated on the northeastern coast of Central America and bordered by Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is the destination for a teacher/parent-led student expedition slated for spring break in 2016.

Feats of Strength fundraiser benefits schools

Teacher Chris Plucker got students hopping at Pioneer Middle School recently during the all-school Feats of Strength fundraiser. Chris was assisted by Pi-Hi leadership class members.

Workshop to focus on bullying, harassment in schools

Mark Thompson, a risk management consultant who specializes in student bullying and harassment prevention, will speak on Oct. 16 at Garrison Middle School, during Garrison’s first Parent Workshop of the year.

Wa-Hi class of '69 to celebrate this weekend

The Walla Walla High School Class of 1969 will gather for its 45th-year reunion with two events this weekend, said Lynn Cheatham Della, reunion coordinator.

Gathering planned to celebrate woman's 103rd birthday

Friends, neighbors and former students are encouraged to join Elsie German, who will celebrate her 103rd birthday from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at her home.

Sasayama sister city committee honored for work

For contributions to peace, friendship and cultural understanding the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee received the 2014 Washington State Sister City International Peace Prize Award. Current committee chairman Robert Keatts attended the WSSCA annual conference on Sept. 27 in Ellensburg and accepted the Crystal Globe award. Representatives from sister city committees across the state, WSSCA Chairwoman Barbara Sanchez, and Japan Consul Yoshiki Uenishi were there, too.

Realtors present wreath at Veterans Memorial

Members of Walla Walla Association of Realtors presented a wreath at the Veterans Memorial during the Sept. 25 picnic at Fort Walla Walla Park.

Walla Walla 5th-grader raises funds for mentor’s cancer treatment

Prospect Point Elementary fifth-grader Abby Blethen is spearheading a book sale and other activities to raise funds for a friend.

Domestic violence in focus for activities this month

Members of the YWCA of Walla Walla board, staff and volunteers will Speak Up (and) Step Out Against Domestic Violence throughout this month, said Jan Asher Dolph, YWCA communications coordinator.

Photo of deceased Walla Walla veteran among those needed by Faces Never Forgotten program

Volunteers are seeking details about 19 Southeast Washington soldiers who died during the Vietnam War.

Blue Mountain Riders earn accolades at Pendleton Round-Up

Hours of rehearsals scored big for the Blue Mountain Riders when they rode off with the Best Equestrian Group trophy for participation in the Pendleton Round-Up’s Dress-Up Parade Sept. 6, according to Linda Brown, who coordinates the local women’s club.

Former Walla Walla woman hosts two shows on Spokane radio

Former Walla Wallan Susan Joseph Nielsen hosts two live shows weekly on KJRB AM 790 in Spokane. The programs are now streamed live at

St. Pat's hosts Blue Mass for law enforcers

The Blue Mass is a long-standing tradition in America. Typically given for those in law enforcement, the name is derived from the blue uniforms many wear.

Walla Walla Catholic Schools plan sausage fest

Proceeds from a local fundraiser will benefit capital improvements and technology at Walla Walla Catholic Schools. The Walla Walla Sausage Festival & Beer Garden, a tradition here since 1999, will be from 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and family day from 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday at DeSales High School, 919 E. Sumach St.

Wa-Hi volleyball team sets events to raise breast cancer awareness

Can you dig it? Participants in Walla Walla High School’s volleyball program are sponsoring DIG PINK from Oct. 3-9. Multiple athletic teams will support PINK and host events to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

Special events on tap at Kirkman House Museum

There’ll be a clan gathering of sorts when Kirkman House Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary on Friday.

Walla Walla High School teacher selected for Afterschool ambassadorship

A Washington, D.C., organization selected Brent Cummings, 21st Century Community Learning Center program director for Walla Walla Public Schools, as a 2014-2015 Afterschool Ambassador.

Lecture series set in October at Smith Rock

It’s a little bit of a journey from here to Smith Rock State Park, but well worth the four-hour-38-minute, 256-mile drive for history buffs to catch the annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration lecture series Fridays in October.

Walla Walla schools to host Taste Washington on Oct. 1

Speaking of local fruits and vegetables, students and guests will be in for a feast when Walla Walla School District cafeterias host Taste Washington Day on Oct. 1.

Sharpstein to host school carnival Thursday

A plethora of bouncy houses, slides and games, an obstacle course, dunk tank and style studio will abound at the Sharpstein Elementary School Carnival from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

Penitentiary employees step up for students in need

Employees at the Washington State Penitentiary donated school supplies to students in need in the Walla Walla School District.

Pond & Garden Tour to benefit Walla Walla Community Hospice

Walla Walla Community Hospice Marketing Coordinator Laurie Klicker teamed with Hillary Price, the new WWCH events coordinator, to plan the 13th annual Pond & Garden Tour.

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Sketch artist drawn to WW architecture, color palette, people

Urban Sketchers cover a lot of territory in the Seattle area when illustrating what they see on location. Jane Wingfield enjoys their monthly outings so much she commutes to the Emerald City from her Olympia home to participate.

Waitsburg High senior a National Merit semifinalist

Waitsburg High School senior Emma C. Philbrook is a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Italian Heritage Festa set for October

In November 1985 15 local residents gathered together to talk about how they could emphasize with their children the culture, music, folk dances, language, people and regional geography in Italy from which their parents had immigrated.

Milton-Freewater Senior Center raises $1,250 in rifle raffle

The Milton-Freewater Neighborhood Senior Center saw an increase of $1,250 for its building maintenance budget with the successful conclusion of a rifle raffle.

First-year Wa-Hi classmates hook up with Link Crew activities

The Link Crew at Walla Walla High School is getting into the new academic year with activities that engage first-year classmates.

Drive nets 30 pairs of tennis shoes for those in need

As a fitness expert, Stevie Johnson feels it’s important to give back to the community. She couldn’t think of a better way than donating tennis shoes to students to help them stay fit and active, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter reported.

Mac-Hi Class of ’64 legacy gifts flag, music funding

Five years before their 50th reunion, members of the McLoughlin High School Class of 1964 realized they’d better start raising money in order to make a class gift to the school in 2014, Lindsay Winsor said.

Former Walla Walla woman establishes new business, More Arts! LLC

Former Walla Wallan AnnRené Joseph lives and breathes creativity. In fact in her newest professional incarnation, she’s established More Arts! LLC because, as she says, “your life is an artwork in progress. Dance, sing, act, create, make music, and play every day. Discover the artist within.”

New mental health director named for center at Lincoln High

Among the changes and activities at The Health Center at Lincoln High School is Michelle Coleman, the new director of Mental Health Services, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

Officials: School District meeting new nutrition standards

The USDA administers several nutrition programs that benefit children across the country, including the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, After-School Snack, At-Risk Supper, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable and Farm-to-School programs. In each instance, they aim to fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children, according to the USDA website.