Orlin and LaVonne Hansen of Milton-Freewater participated in a four-day Honor Flight in late September out of Portland to Washington, D.C. They reported that one person from Hawaii, 25 Eastern Oregon and 24 Western Oregon World War II veterans and their guardians met for a dinner and orientation on Sept. 18. Each veteran received a World War II cap, name tag and Honor Flight bag and blue T-shirt. Guardians received T-shirts identifying their role, too.
Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter reported that the Farm-to-School Program received a windfall of funding that it will be able to apply toward equipment to support its school garden projects.
Seventy-one Walla Walla County Fair blue ribbon exhibits and 10 youths from the Walla Walla County 4-H program went on to participate in the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, according to Brenda Bryce, 4-H program coordinator in Walla Walla County. They came away with some winners.
Donations of 14,803 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes tallied a new record for the annual project that benefits needy children in 130 countries worldwide.
More than 50 people were in the house — including Valley Transit employees and members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, who enjoyed The Sage Brothers performance Nov. 23 at the YWCA.
How amazing are the threads of life in the valley that connect us? A recent column item on Bruce McCaw of Touchet’s family ties to Brig. Gen. Walter Drew McCaw for whom the World War II-era McCaw Hospital in Walla Walla was named offers another connection through Walla Wallan Susan Queen.
It’s already time to be thinking about decking our halls for the holidays.
Ahhhhhh, the idyllic times of our youth, paddling about, riding bikes and exploring in Mill Creek on hot summer days. Such remembrances of playtime in the channel continue to trickle in.
It’s hard to keep up with the Walla Walla High School Debate team once it gets rolling. They already have three competitions under their belts this fall.
The American Wranglers Junior Horsemen, youth members of the Walla Walla Valley Horsemen, presented a donation of $4,273.65 to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center’s Special Needs Fund on Oct. 24.
Friday and Saturday found Walla Walla High School social studies teacher Michelle Higgins and Whitman College senior Sophie Schouboe presenting on the “Whitman Teaches the Movement” program during the annual National Council for the Social Studies conference in St. Louis, Mo.
Eastern Washington University awarded a $2,000 American Indian Studies Multicultural Achievement Scholarship to Kelsey Balderas for the 2013-14 academic year.
Hey, baby, it’s cold outside. To help those in need bundle up against the chilly weather, Camp Fire Walla Walla youngsters and their families donated 187 warm winter clothing items and blankets for Helpline.
Mmmm, stuffing, veggies, turkey, gravy and dessert. Students in the Milton-Freewater School District celebrated Thanksgiving today with a traditional meal, according to a release.
Washington State Marine Law Enforcement presented Walla Walla County Sheriff Deputies Richard Schram and Ryan Allen with Life Saving awards for heroic actions.
Walla Walla High School Jazz band garnered the Outstanding Jazz Band Award for the morning session of the Washington State University Jazz Festival.
Buy your bulbs now for fall planting and enjoy flowering narcissus in the spring.
Children’s Wishes & Dreams of Walla Walla treated sisters Ava and Holly Braendlein to a trip to a downtown bike store and a favorite local sweet shop in mid-October, said Kara Schulke, who helps coordinate CW&D’s wishes.
Friends of Carolyn Mendoza are banding together to aid the longtime College Place resident, who is ill with pancreatic cancer. Diagnosed in August, she received chemotherapy until it no longer helped, according to Helen Adams.
What better way to celebrate reaching one’s 100th year than to get together with loved ones? The George Woodrow Abenroth clan partied with the centenarian during the summer, said daughter-in-law Rebecca Abenroth.
Tickets are still available for Walla Walla’s Grand Victorian Ball Saturday. Participant Dan Clark said a wonderful evening is in store for participants as well a morning dance workshop for interested parties.
All a body had to do was drive through, proffer an arm and the first 600 flu shots were free — one per customer that is.
The deadline for collecting Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes is rapidly approaching, said Fay Tolley Smith, media coordinator.
Prolific artist and former Walla Wallan W.B. “Barry” Fontenot’s latest mural is a commentary on problems caused by how pervasive the use of technology is.
Peggy Humphreys, a genealogist with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak to members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association Chapter 0237 at their 1 p.m. Nov. 7 monthly meeting, in the Golden West Estates office, 1425 Jasper St.
With $25,000 up for grabs, competition is fierce. That’s why Walla Walla Police Department employees and Just Us Girls Sharing members want your votes. Repeatedly.
The Feats of Strength fundraiser sponsored by Pioneer Middle School Leadership Class students and their teacher, Chris Plucker, brought in $10,000 without sales, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.
Eleven Walla Walla students are earning money to pay their way for a two-week international dance competition and tour in Europe in summer 2014, according to Heidi Dobson in a release.
An update on the success of the Blue Mountain Heart to Heart Dinner for Friends with Friends came by way of the fall Heartbeat newsletter.
Walla Walla High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet of the Month winner for October is Pvt. Adam Grau, who excelled in his answers and uniform appearance, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army instructor. Adam was promoted immediately to cadet private 1st class for his achievement.
A service group at Walla Walla High School is preparing for its annual Trunk-or-Treat event from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Wa-Hi parking lot.
Lincoln High School students invented resilience board games, which will be featured during the family oriented Walla Walla Community Resilience Festival Friday.
A chance meeting with a choreographer from Los Angeles has led to the opportunity for local students.
Dig around deep enough in the roots of your family tree and maybe you’ll find a horse thief, said a wry Bruce McCaw of Touchet.
J. Andrew Rodriguez, president of the Wheatland Wheelers Bicycle Club, enjoyed helping the Cascade Bicycle Club out of Seattle coordinate a three-day excursion in and around Walla Walla. About 40 road cyclists were expected to take advantage of cycling opportunities that abound in the Walla Walla Valley in early October, J. Andrew said. Cascade member Alexa Volwiler may have had something to do with the venue as her father, Craig Volwier, lives in Walla Walla. She coordinated things from the Seattle end. The riders convened each day at the Pioneer Park Rose Garden then hit the road for a 58-miler on Oct. 4, an 88-miler on Oct. 5 and a 30-miler Oct. 6. Local riders were encouraged to participate, J. Andrew said.
Women in the Walla Walla Valley have participated in Chapter 12 Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington for three-fourths of a century and with great anticipation plan to celebrate with a diamond anniversary party on Oct. 25.
Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines members have built their fall concert around the theme Sweet! It’s Mardi Gras!
Nine area veterans of World War II were among the latest military folks to take advantage of a trip to Washington , D.C., to visit the war monuments and hang out together.
Indomitable. Unstoppable. Unassailable. Unbowed. Loving. Mirthful. Warm. In small measure, such adjectives capture just who Dodie Brueggeman Orlando is.
Mmmmmmmm! Greg Schnorr, noted pastry chef and an instructor for the Walla Walla Community College Wine Country Culinary Institute, will present his World of Chocolate program during the College Place Lions Club meeting at 6 tonight.
Almost extinct are the days when a kid could freewheel it around on a skateboard, skis, bicycle, roller blades, four-wheeler, wagon, pedal car, scooter or some other life-endangering conveyance without a slew of accoutrements to protect head, limbs and digits from injury.
Visitors to the annual Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days may be unaware that an assemblage of helping hands spend hours prepping the grounds to make them fresh, tidy and attractive.
Possibly the first home built on Madison Street is in transition as its current owners downsize. The owners’ son, Brian Bennett, said the home was built in 1940 on a former apple orchard. He recalls finding a number of artifacts in the ground from the 1890s and more recently a wagon tongue, a yoke, half a wagon wheel and a canteen. Many of the items went to Shady Lawn Antiques and others were sold in auctions.
Walla Walla High School alumna Kjersti Shiffler received a $3,000 Bill Lawson College Scholarship from the Broadband Communications Association of Washington, according to a release.
Shades of “Calendar Girls” with Helen Mirren and the rest of the charming 2003 feature film cast. It’s about a group of Yorkshire women who in real life produced a calendar of modest nude poses in April 1999 to raise money for leukemia research under the auspices of the Women’s Institutes.
For a while there the competition wasn’t even neck and neck. Northfield Falls, Vt., clearly led the pack with miles logged and points amassed in a health initiative called the 2013 National Bike Challenge, said Andrew “Andy” Pryor via email.
The “Nasty Habits and Dirty Little Secrets” CD by Coyote Kings w/Mush of Walla Walla has been tapped as an Inland Empire Blues Society nominee for 2013 Empire Award for Best Blues Album.
Walla Walla High School math teacher Mike Gobel has expanded his role with the Advancement Via Individual Determination program to a national level.
It’s been 52 years since Group One Peace Corps volunteers went to the Philippines.
So much of such programs as “House Hunters International” are done beforehand that it could be dubbed “C’mon Over to the House I Found Before The Show Was Filmed.”