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Annie Charnley Eveland

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Hospice discussed at Sunrise Rotary meeting

There are myriad things to deal with when people are terminally ill, from physical care, to the emotions to countless practical considerations.

Wagon Wheelers pay tribute in late member’s memory

Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers consider the late J. Michael “Mike” Humphreys “one of the finest men who ever put on a Wagon Wheeler shirt,” said group secretary Carolyn Hansen. Mike was a member of the group from mid-1989 until his death on March 17 this year.

Racetrack once found on western edge of town

Once upon a time, the Walla Walla Valley featured a racetrack situated behind what’s now Cugini Italian Import Market at 960 Wallula Ave., according to research by Paul Joseph Pluth of Spokane.

Base of the Blues Bash set for Saturday in Milton-Freewater

Young people and seniors will benefit from proceeds the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club will raise at the 2014 Base of the Blues Bash on Saturday in the Milton-Freewater Armory.

Scholl tip line open to field safety concerns

Students and parents have the power to help keep Walla Walla Public Schools safe, according to the District’s Week in Review online newsletter. It’s easy to do through the district’s anonymous tip line.

Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days parade results are out

It’s official. The Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days 2014 parade results are out. Award recipients are:

Penitentiary employees honored for service

The Washington State Penitentiary recently recognized the efforts of employees with awards.

Former Athena resident has new book out

A little bird told me that former Athena resident Donna Johnson Miller, now of Texas, has written a new paperback book.

Scout pack seeks new members

Cub Scout Pack 306 recruitment is underway. The pack will welcome new members between 6-7 p.m. Monday in the Sharpstein Elementary cafeteria, 410 S. Howard St. All boys in first through fifth grades are invited to bring a parent or guardian.

Walla Walla school workers gain recognition

Several Walla Walla Public Schools employees garnered Staff Achievement Grant awards.

Mental health support groups suspended in area

The Family Support and NAMI Connections mental health support groups through the Walla Walla National Alliance on Mental Illness have been suspended for the time being.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox nears kickoff

With the 2014 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox kickoff drive right around the corner, it’s time for those wishing to help to collect things for needy children that will fit into a shoebox.

New exchange students arrive in area

The newest group of exchange students participating in the AFS Intercultural Programs are here, said Darcy Dauble in a release.

Matching tattoos key to solidarity in face of syndrome

By choosing to get matching tattoos, Heidi Lewis’ family formed a united front in the face of a lifelong relationship she’s endured with a rare skeletal condition called Klippel-Feil Syndrome.

Walla Walla author a finalist for state book award

Walla Walla author Scott Elliot is among five writers in the state who are finalists in the fiction category for Washington State Book Awards.

Club garners 4th fair parade entry award

For the fourth time the Best Community Sweepstakes Award went to members of Walla Walla High School’s Latino Club for their entry in the Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days parade on Aug. 30. Once again, the group’s annual volunteer efforts made the fairgrounds shine in preparation for the whole shindig over Labor Day weekend.

Street sign with typo needs a fix

Here’s hoping this isn’t a sign of the times. Blayne Barnhart, who lives in the Green Park Elementary School neighborhood, spotted this place indicator, recently installed on the parking strip of a home at the corner of Alvarado Terrace and Clinton Street. Unfortunately, it misspells the street name, with an E in place of the second A in Alvarado. Drat.

Walla Walla High School, WSU to host college representatives for students

Walla Walla High School and Washington State University GEAR UP will host local and regional college representatives from community colleges, universities and technical colleges from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Wa-hi small gym, 800 Abbott Road.

Whitman College professor honored by fraternity

Founded on Jan. 27, 1870 at DePauw University in Indiana, Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity recently listed Heather Hayes, an assistant professor of rhetoric studies at Whitman College, as one of its Ten Outstanding Faculty Members.

Milton-Freewater Rotary's Base of the Blues Bash slated for Sept. 30

It’s nearly time for the 2014 Base of the Blues Bash. Milton-Freewater Rotary’s major annual fundraiser will be Sept. 30 at the recently refurbished Milton-Freewater Armory, 84101 Oregon 11.

VFW, Ladies Auxillary hold scholarship contests

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 992 and Ladies Auxiliary 992 members are sponsoring the 2014/2015 scholarship essay contests for area writers from third-graders to high school seniors.

AMVETS plans new motorcycle group

Motorcycle riders interested in becoming charter members of a newly forming group in Walla Walla are encouraged to contact AMVETS Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111, according to its September newsletter. The post is establishing an AMVETS Riders Chapter and needs a minimum of five AMVETS members to start. Non-members can participate as supporting members.

Group to hold ceremony at Frenchtown on Thursday afternoon

Members of Providence Chapter of Colonial Dames XVII Century will mark Frenchtown as a historical site during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday at Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 W. Old Highway 12. The entrance is two miles west of Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

Local cadet making mark at West Point

Cadet Lucas Dean “Luke” Fazzari blazed through his first year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Campaign gears up to give kids in need a boost at holidays

While out shopping the specials for school supplies, consider a few extra items to tuck into the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes as this annual campaign gears up.

Carnegie Picture Lab seeks volunteers

Carnegie Picture Lab is on the lookout for volunteers to work with area students.

YWCA plans party for a cause

“Believe” is a party with an important purpose, according to a release. It supports the mission of the YWCA, which historically speaks out and takes action on behalf of women and children. Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, the Y’s executive director, added that “This party is a chance to celebrate that legacy and open our hearts to a cause we believe in.”

Former longtime area square dance caller remembered

With a gregarious, witty, humorous personality, Donald Lee “Don” Wiggins was a natural as a traditional American-style square dance caller.

Men reintroduce cribbage club to community

Cribbage players unite. Wayne Von Clasen and Tom Varnell are hosting Sweet Onion Peggers cribbage club events at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 26, 350 S. Second Ave.

WW chapter National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association to host guest speaker Sept. 4

Nancy Crosby, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association District V vice president from Kennewick, will speak to members of the Walla Walla NARFE Chapter 0237 on the results of the 33rd national NARFE biennial convention Aug. 24-28 in Orlando, Fla.

Compassionate care helps ALS patient stay home

ALS is a pretty hot topic these days. Countless ice bucket challenges have swept continents and are proffered on social media, replete with videos of nominees soaking themselves with ice-laden water to raise money for research of the disease of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

Family looking for 8mm, Beta movies dad may have arranged to transfer to DVDs

The family of the late Ronald Douglas, formerly of Dayton, is desperately seeking the individual or business that contracted with Ronald to transfer his old 8MM and perhaps BETA movies onto DVDs for his children.

Red Badge program founders talk about project with Rotary

Movie star crush alert. It’s no longer news that longtime actor Tom Skerritt was in Walla Walla recently to present a program to military veterans at the Walla Walla Public Library (U-B Aug. 22), but he also spoke on that visit here to assembled members of the Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club 271.

Mennonite pastor pays visit to Milton-Freewater Rotary

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club 294 possessed a Spokane North Rotary Club banner dating from World War II. The aluminum banner dates to 1942-44 when Kaiser Aluminum was the major industry in Spokane, said Rotarian Robby Robbins. He went to the Spokane club and exchanged it for a current one that features a view of the River Walk. Spokane North was chartered in 1954 and currently has about 30 members, Robby said.

American Legion plans golf tournament to raise funds

Milton-Freewater American Legion Post 24 will host the Legion Classic Golf Tournament two-person scramble on Sept. 13 at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course. The shot-gun tee off is at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 per player plus greens fees. There’s a $10,000 Hole-in-One prize and mulligans are available.

Exceptional Rodeo planned for Columbia County Fair

The Columbia County Fair in Dayton will host its first Exceptional Rodeo at the fairgrounds for those with special needs, produced by the non-profit Rascal Rodeo.

Walla Walla High class of '59 plans reunion

Students from Wa-Hi's class of 1959 will gather for their 55-year reunion Sept. 26-28, according to a release.

1951 a good year for Walla Walla’s Southeastern Washington Fair

What better time to reminisce about the local fair than in the days leading up to this year’s edition?

Walla Walla makes quarterfinals in energy competition

Teaming with local government officials, electric and natural gas utilities and community-based organizations, Walla Walla advanced to the quarterfinalist round in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million incentive competition to reduce America’s energy consumption.

Rotary selects pair to attend program in British Columbia

The Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club 271 selected Megan Moberg and Catherine Feistner to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Award program in Castlegar, British Columbia.

Regency at the Park resident lauded for service to community

I mentioned in Friday’s Etcetera that Tom Richardson of College Place will receive a Washington Health Care Association Silver Spotlight Award today at Regency at the Park.

WW man, a Vietnam War vet, joins flying elite

A Walla Walla man joined one of aviation’s elite clubs recently.

Health care group to recognize man for his service

Area resident Tom Richardson has racked up a number of contributions to humanity as a teacher, Peace Corps worker and volunteer.

More memories from Denney's Hi Spot

Some folks’ memories are better than others. Laura Gallagher responded to the Tuesday column item about local restaurateur “Singing” Joe Denney, saying in the late 1960s, she worked at Thrifty Drug (rather than what my source remembered as Thriftway Drug).

Retiree group plans September meeting

Members of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet on Sept. 8 in the new Southeast Area Technical Building on the Walla Walla Community College campus, said Margaret Joseph in a release.

Travels through Native American country inspire novel

A quarter century of long-distance bicycle travels brought Richie Swanson through this area and a number of the nation’s Native American reservations, which inspired “First Territory,” his novel set in the Oregon-Washington territories between 1855-1856.

Walla Walla man reaches finish line in cross-country cycle trip

He made it! On Aug. 2, Walla Wallan Joel McClure completed a 3,300-mile cross-country bike ride for Push America.

Denney’s Hi Spot Cafe a destination for tunes du jour

From soup to nuts, former longtime downtown cafe owner Joe Denney exuded music to the last note.

Exchange program links Milton-Freewater Rotarian with Englishman

Robby Robbins, an active member of the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club, is retired from the U.S. Navy.

AAUW preps for upcoming kitchen tour

Slicers, dicers, mashers and whisks are being assembled, windows polished, floors cleaned, counters shined and spaces tidied as local hosts prepare for the 12th annual Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch Kitchen Tour from noon-5 p.m. on Oct. 5.