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Annie Charnley Eveland

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Walla Walla students awarded scholarships at WSU

For demonstration as a student in good standing, Washington State University awarded Walla Wallan Carmen Pacheco a $2,000 Scott Family Scholarship Endowment in Communication and $1,500 through the Katie Knapp Whitworth Class of 1940 Scholarship.

Walla Walla Choral Society selects artistic directors

After a season of auditions, the Walla Walla Choral Society selected Jeremy Mims and Rob Dennis as its new co-artistic directors for the 2014-2015 season.

Genealogy in focus at upcoming event in Walla Walla

“I have a curiosity about the past. Besides their names, what we are interested in is finding out more about our ancestors and relatives. It’s about fleshing out your genealogy and finding out the stories of your own people,” said Rick Benn, an organizer for the Walla Walla FamilySearch Center’s second free annual family history seminar A Knitting Together of Generations.

Walla Walla University students participate in ethics bowl

In addition to learning methods or argumentation and critical thinking, participants in the Ethics Bowl also learned on a personal and team level.

Area man’s viticulture started with backyard vines

“As a government employee, Ben felt compelled to ante up the fee, rather than risk being caught making moonshine.”

Nebraska grade-schoolers inquire about Walla Walla

The students are seeking informational brochures, pamphlets, pictures, nonperishable products unique to the area, leaves from native plants, small rocks or shells or other small items.

Autism 101 session on offer at restaurant

Kathleen Gilmore will offer a free Autism 101 seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. April 23 at Jacobi’s Café, 416 N. Second Ave. The event is sponsored by the Eastern Washington Autism Spectrum Disorder Association for autism awareness month in April.

Ag program to host Farm Days 2014 at Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla High School’s Agriculture program will host its annual Farm Days 2014 when first-graders in the district visit the Wa-Hi farm Thursday.

Support group for parents of teens to meet Thursday

Parenting Teens Together, a confidential support group for parents of teens,will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the YMCA board room, 340 S. Park St.

YMCA gathering to honor late, former director Ned Shafer

Ned Shafer, former YMCA director, will be honored at 2:30 p.m. April 27 in the main gym at the Y, 340 S. Park St.

Tour of Walla Walla Kids’ Races and Bike Rodeo downtown Saturday

Tour of Walla Walla Kids’ Races and Bike Rodeo will wheel into downtown on Saturday. Registration is from 9:45-10:55 a.m. and the Bike Rodeo will be from 10 a.m.-12 noon.

Walla Walla designated a 2014 Tree City USA

It’s all about the trees, in which Walla Walla is awash. Recognition for the plethora comes from Arbor Day Foundation, which named Walla Walla a Tree City USA.

Team RELAY bingo fundraiser a success

Team RELAY’s annual Shamrock Bingo on March 15 at Waitsburg Elementary raised $1,457 for the American Cancer Society, said a very pleased Pam Conover.

Late choral singer’s fund commissions new work at WWU

An ardent amateur choral singer who sang in the alto section of Episcopal church choirs in Washington, Philadelphia and Los Angeles from 1988-2012, Ann Stookey was a steadfast cheerleader for all styles of choral music.

Helpline fundraiser set for Wednesday

Helpline’s annual SoupPort fundraiser will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 16 at St. Patrick Blanchett Hall, 425 W. Alder St.

Rotary Club recognizes Walla Walla students with scholarhships

Recipients are Dakota Phillips, Lincoln High School, $1,000 High School Scholarship; and $500 to the Exploring Post 311, Blue Mountain Council-Boy Scouts of America, in support of the Walla Walla High School Latino Club.

Berney students win Walla Walla's Battle of the Books

Berney Elementary School students Kellen Kenny, Denali Parodi, Brooklyn Schoesler and Jasaih Keifer from Robyn Ponti’s fourth-grade class won the 2014 All-City Battle of the Books.

Run-up begins for 17th Ducky Derby

Can you believe 16 annual Ducky Derbies have been held in town so far? Exchange Club of Walla Walla kicked off its 17th annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby Monday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Student elections held at Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla High School elections for 2014-2015 class officers concluded recently, according to adviser and teacher Arch McHie.

Altrusa to host spelling bee in May at Whitman College

Altrusa International of Walla Walla will host its annual Youth Spelling Bee for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students on May 10 in Hunter Conservatory on the Whitman College campus.

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South-of-the-border basset Chuy finds Walla Walla Valley home

“I came around the corner, pointed and screamed, ‘basset, basset!’”

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Teddy bear tea raises funds for scholarships

Proceeds from the 225 who attended came to $2,545.

YMCA adds Moms' Network leader as communications coordinator

Beth Swanson, who has shepherded The Moms’ Network since June 2007 at president, is adding communication coordinator duties with the YMCA.

20th reunion in works for Walla Walla High's class of '94

Richele Heilbrun Loney, a member of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1994, said plans are in the works for the group’s 20th reunion in early August.

Nicole Sawatzki Hodgson headed to 3-year emergency medicine residency

Nicole Sawatzki Hodgson got the word that her three-year emergency medicine residency will begin in June at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Nicole is set to graduate in May from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she is in the top 5 percent of her class and earned admission to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is an alumna in 2006 from Walla Walla High School and in 2010 from Washington State University, Pullman, with a bachelor’s in neuroscience. Nicole’s husband Mark Hodgson is completing his bachelors’ degrees in international relations and political science degrees with a minor in Spanish at Florida International University in Miami. He will also receive certificates in Latin American and Caribbean studies and in security studies. Mark directs the FIU Model United Nations Team, currently ranked in the Top Five in the nation. He will graduate magna cum laude in April and expects to pursue graduate studies in international relations when they move to Phoenix. Nicole’s parents are Tom Sawatzki and Gay Buissink, both of Walla Walla. Also a member of the Wa-Hi Class of 2006, Mark is the son of Jeanne Hodgson Thompson of Walla Walla and the late Gary Hodgson.

Winners emerge from local Toastmasters speech contest

A lively speech contest ensued when Walla Walla area Toastmasters gathered on March 23. Contestants showcased their skills, according to a release from Thomas Brown.

WW elementary schools compete in math contest

The Walla Walla Valley Elementary School Math Contest took place March 29 at Edison Elementary, said Albert Schueller, who records statistics for the competition and keeps track of rosters.

Love of God, husband inspire former WW writer

Aimee Filan Anderson, an alumna of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1953, recently finished a book that she and husband Albert worked on prior to his death a year ago.

At-large potholder tries sneak attack on columnist

All my pot holders, spotted veterans of oven-hot bubbling over dishes, recently took a bath in pairs.

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club present badges at meeting

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members attended to a bit of housekeeping at a recent meeting.

Every 15 Minutes may be in swan song this year

Possibly the final Every 15 Minutes drunk driving prevention program is being presented to seniors at Walla Walla High School this week.

Volunteers plant rose, elderberry, sage around valley

Fourteen volunteers with Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever Chapter 258 planted a mixture of 78 rose and elderberry on Saturday at the Sudbury elevator site.

Walla Walla Gun Club seeks help for trapshooting event

Bob Bloch with the Walla Walla Gun Club is seeking assistants for scoring and trap filling duties on Sunday.

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Touchet students participate in national reading project

The national goal was Strive for Five Million, and participants across the country got very close, with 4,987,949 quizzes in one day.

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Sharpstein students start Wednesdays with music

Performing duo “Torch & Burn” reunited for a special festival-seating performance one recent Wednesday morning.

Library embodies Whitman alumna's love of books

Whitman College graduate Jamie Soukup Reid, who was 25 when she died in a car crash in North Carolina last year, led an enthusiastic life energized by a lifetime immersion in books.

Host families sought for exchange students

Plans to host new AFS students are in the works for the 2014-15 academic year and host families are new being sought, according to Darcy Dauble, WW Valley AFS chapter coordinator.

Quistberg receives nutrition manager state award

The Washington state Louise Sublet Award of Excellence for nutrition managers went to Jeanna Quistberg, the person in that post at Green Park Elementary.

Public school kids taste-test garbanzo beans via Farm-to-School program

The Farm-to-School Program is all about garbanzo beans this month, said Coordinator Beth Thiel.

Local Exchangeites to host district convention

Northwest District Exchange Clubs will visit Walla Walla for the annual convention May 31-June 1, coordinated by Tracy Shrouf, convention chairwoman, and Brian Dohe, District president-elect.

WW woman graduates with honors from Whitworth

Kendra Ann Greenwood of Walla Walla earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing, cum laude, from Whitworth University in Spokane.

Exhibit of SoupPort bowls coming up at Carnegie

Helpline’s SoupPort fundraiser is just around the proverbial corner. Mid-April to be exact.

A cappella Boots ’n’ Cats group a purrfect fit at regionals

Say “boots ’n’ cats ’n’ boots ’n’ cats” while emphasizing the consonants and you will begin to approximate sounds produced when beat boxing or vocalizing percussion sounds.

Pheasants Forever members get surprise with planting tarp

Imagine their surprise when, in the midst of preservation work, members of Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever Chapter 258 unrolled a planting tarp March 22 they thought would be 120 feet long. When unfurling it at the Sudbury elevator site, it rolled out to 177 feet, said project coordinator Larry Boe. So, John Houston, Jim Sonne, Carl Bisgard, Dan Eveland, Bud Jones, Ed Crain, Gary Benson, Randy Snyder, Ron Porter and Larry dug 374 feet of trench to secure it and planted 58 juniper. Saturday volunteers will plant elderberry and roses at 10 a.m. as part of their conservation efforts.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group starting in Kennewick

Bob Fairchild of College Place said a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group is starting in Kennewick.

Speaker at meeting to focus on heart disease risk factors

Blue Mountain Action Council Americorps volunteer Jessica Goldsmith will address heart disease risk factors in a talk called “Spring into Health and Fitness."

Project turns veterans' recollections into preserved oral history

American Red Cross volunteer Dixie Ferguson is a fan of the best sort. Not only does she listen to the experiences of U.S. military veterans from all wars, she records their stories as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Edison Elementary students to present 'The Little Red Hen' musical

A little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from fellow farmyard animals to plant it, but none of them volunteer.

Pioneer Middle School filmmakers invited to New York after award

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program awarded Pioneer Middle School eighth-graders Kyndal Locati and Hally Ruff a gold medal in the film and animation category for their film, “Piece of You.” It also garnered Best in Grade, one of just 24 such awards given nationally and the only one in the film and animation category.

Walla Walla High speech, debate have 'incredible showing' at state

Making it to finals in every event in which they competed — a first — members of the Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate Team had “an incredible showing” at the state individual events tournament at the University of Puget Sound, said their coach, Jean Tobin.