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Annie Charnley Eveland

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Community rushes to give displaced children Christmas gifts

I tell you, this is a generous, thoughtful community. The latest evidence comes in the form of a last-minute request extended by the Walla Walla Police Department seeking Christmas presents to give children displaced from their homes.

Auto dealer provides toys, meals to families in need

Legacy Ford of Walla Walla stepped up to provide toys and meals to 30 families in need. Toy donations were collected at the downtown dealership, ShopKo, JTI Tractor and Book & Game.

Sharpstein fund drive benefits local hospital

A PTA-organized Change-for-Good drive at Sharpstein Elementary benefited a local hospital.

Pioneer students raise funds for Salvation Army

National Junior Honor Society students at Pioneer Middle School banded together to raise funds to benefit The Salvation Army.

Wa-Hi seeks audience for senior presentations

Walla Walla High School is looking for volunteers to listen to the presentations seniors make in early 2015, the school district online newsletter reported.

Walla Walla police set for Citizens Academy

An 11-week investment of time will enlighten area residents to the operation and procedures followed by local judicial and law enforcement agencies.

Berney students pay visit to planetarium

Berney Elementary students turned their eyes to the sky during a recent visit to the Whitman College Planetarium.

Walla Walla cheerleaders featured on Christmas Day special

Walla Walla High School cheerleaders Hope Snyder and Kati Simcock will featured on ABC-TV at 9 a.m. on Chrismas Day when the network airs the Walt Disney World Christmas Extravaganza Parade.

Speech, debate teams give powerful performance

Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate teammates gave powerful, informative performances and the audience really enjoyed the show during their community presentation in the Wa-Hi auditorium on Dec. 4, said coach Jean Tobin.

Prospect Point principal earns acclaim

The Association of Washington School Principals and Elementary School Principals of Washington named Prospect Point Elementary Principal Chris Gardea the 2014 Distinguished Elementary Principal for the Lake Wallula Region.

Through faith, family witnesses miracles of healing

Jim and Shorna Haubry’s lives have been informed by wrenching bad news, remarkable milestones, joyous miracles and an abiding faith. Among the pinnacles: the birth of their son on Dec. 15, 2004, after an interminable wait of 15 childless years. The worst just a year later: Jim’s mounting “terminal” illness, which came around Dec. 15, 2005.

Santa plans visit to senior center

Jolly old St. Nick will drop by the Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center, 720 Sprague Ave., at 11:30 on Wednesday.

Donors come to aid of urgent-care walk-in clinic

The generosity of donors is key to keeping the doors open at SOS, a free, urgent-care walk-in clinic at 1200 S.E. 12th Ave., College Place.

Hospice fundraiser set for Feb. 7

More details about Evening of Elegance Illuminate will come in January.

Businesswoman collects warm articles for needy students

She aims to ensure all students have warm coats so they can stay active even in chilly weather.

Former local biologist writes paper on ocean pollution

Currently a marine biologist with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife in Olympia, Hank spent two summers sailing across the Pacific Ocean for this research. He is the son of Bob and Clare Carson of Walla Walla.

Doctor presents research paper at conference

The former Walla Wallan graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy and Walla Walla University, and earned his medical doctor and Ph.D. degrees from Loma Linda University.

Etc - Integrity Rebekah Lodge raises scholarship funds

Members of Integrity Rebekah Lodge 175 gathered in mid-November at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 209 N. Main St., Milton-Freewater, for their annual year-end celebration dinner.

Etc - Providence St. Mary Foundation director shares experiences

The fondness for Walla Walla Chris Garrett of Tacoma developed while a Whitman College student brought him back to town five years ago as executive director of Providence St. Mary Foundation.

Exchange students cap International Education Week with dessert at airport

AFS Exchange host families, guests and volunteers had a blast when exchange students in the Walla Walla Valley informed, entertained and expanded their horizons with presentations during an international dessert evening Nov. 22 in the Walla Walla Regional Airport terminal conference room.

Etc - Car, RV dealerships raise funds for area food banks

McCurley and Russ Dean RV dealerships presented a $40,710 donation check to area food banks, including Blue Mountain Action Council, to pay for 41,000 pounds of food purchased from Yoke’s Fresh Market by the dealers.

Etc - Women’s group hosts 25th Elliott Christmas Party for youngsters

It’s silver anniversary time for PEO Chapter EV in Milton-Freewater.

Fundraiser aims to help pay for classroom investment

Dayton Elementary second- and third-grade teacher Ginger Bryan is on a mission to raise funds for a special classroom investment.

Orthodontics office works to keep kids warm, fed

Collaborators from Walla Walla Orthodontics, Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank and Coats for Kids want to help keep kids of all ages warm and fed this winter with donations of new coats, hats, mittens, gloves and food.

Bowling fundraiser set for support group

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in Walla Walla is hosting a bowling fundraiser from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Bowlaway Lanes, 411 Ash St. Half of the regular price for the games bowled will benefit the DBSA. For more details about the group, see

Book sale to benefit ailing para-educator

A used book sale open to the community will raise funds to aid longtime para-educator Tracy Longmire and family with expenses related to her treatment for breast cancer.

Masons to hold public officer installation ceremony

Members of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon Milton Lodge 96 will host an installation of officers, open to the community, at 4 p.m. Saturday in the lodge hall, 210 S.W. Second Ave., Milton-Freewater.

Thanksgiving dinner held for local first responders

Area first responders enjoyed a Thanksgiving appreciation dinner hosted on Nov. 21 by area groups at the Salvation Army’s new food bank-social services facility at 825 W. Alder St.

Salvation Army sees busy month

It was a particularly busy week for The Salvation Army.

Easter Cat takes Christmas in ex-Walla Walla author’s new book for kids

Brimming full of mischief, Cat is back and just in time for the holiday season, courtesy of children’s author Deborah Underwood, who grew up in Walla Walla.

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.

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.

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.

Jubilee Leadership Academy wins WORLD Magazine Hope Award

On the heels of its national West Region finalist placement, Jubilee Leadership Academy in Prescott garnered the $25,000 WORLD Magazine 2014 Hope Award for Effective Compassion.

Blue Mountain Land Trust issues calendar for 2015

Captured in digital images by a variety of contributors, including fellow U-B copy editor Ben Wentz, the 2015 inaugural 2015 Blue Mountain Land Trust calendar is just gorgeous.

Walla Walla High School Speech team scores at Bear Brawl Tournament

Walla Walla High School’s Speech and Debate Team competed Nov. 14-15 at the Bear Brawl Tournament at host Central Valley High School in the Spokane Valley. Twenty-five schools and more than 300 students from Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon competed, said Wa-Hi’s team coach Jean Tobin.

Prospect Point Elementary students form FIRST Lego League teams

Seventeen fourth- and fifth-grade Prospect Point Elementary students constitute two FIRST Lego League teams.

Walla Walla Community Hospice’s 28th annual Tree of Life tree and candlelighting ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Monday

Walla Walla Community Hospice’s 28th annual Tree of Life tree and candlelighting ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Die Brücke Building, 38 E. Main St.

Woman raises funds to pay for child's grave

In a project initiated by Walla Wallan Penny Piatt to pay for a young girl’s burial site, Peggie Vandenberg of Touchet paid off Allison Margaret “Allie” McLendon’s grave site at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens on Myra Road.

Food bank benefits from local bridge league's monetary gift

With an eye to winter needs in the community, members of Walla Walla Unit 453 American Contract Bridge League have donated $340 each to Helpline and the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

AMVETS Post 1111's Christmas dinner slated from Dec. 17

AMVETS Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111 of Walla Walla’s annual Christmas dinner will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at The Center at the Park/Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center, 720 Sprague Ave. This is also the new site in the Maxson Room for post meetings, unless otherwise noted, according to the December newsletter

Baseball tickets a Sweets deal for area kids

More than 200 requests rolled in last year for donated Walla Walla Sweets baseball tickets from Friends of Children of Walla Walla, YMCA, Salvation Army, Helpline, Christian Aid Center and other groups that serve underrepresented, at-risk or extreme poverty children.

College Place Lions Club donates to teacher scholarships

College Place Lions Club recently committed $500 to teacher scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

WW building gains historic status on state register

A structure at 28 S. Spokane St. built by the YMCA in 1907 and more recently used by the International Order of Odd Fellows as an Odd Fellows Temple is now listed on the Washington Heritage Register.

Walla Walla cheerleaders to perform in Disney parade

Walla Walla High School cheerleaders Hope Snyder and Kati Simcock will be in Orlando, Fla., Thursday-Sunday to perform in the Walt Disney World Christmas Extravaganza Parade that will be televised on Christmas Day on ABC, said Leslie Snyder.