Athena Civic Memorial Association directors distributed grants for use to further the education of Weston McEwen High School graduates.
Peter Erb, with the Walla Walla Police Department, is among the five newly elected members who will serve on the Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Board, according to a release from Susan Nielsen. Each board member will serve a three-year term representing the council’s 30-county eastern Washington and northern Idaho region. They join 11 current/continuing board members. For more details about the GSEWNI board of directors, committees and volunteering visit www.gsewni.org or call 800-827-9478.
Among the awesome outdoor spaces in which to delve into adventure is Rooks Park, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Demonstrating a thirst for academics and a background in athletics garnered Katelyn Elmenhurst a John Eagon Scholar-Athlete Award.
McLoughlin High School Class of 1973 alumni will stage a “Blast from the Past” reunion Aug. 1-3.
At age 20, Carl Walk will be the youngest member to serve as president of the 50-year-old College Place Lions Club.
Walla Walla host families will welcome three students from Mozambique, Turkey and Thailand. Participating in the AFS-USA Intercultural Program YES, they are expected the second week of August and will spend the school year here. As students at Walla Walla High School, they will participate in classes, clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities, said Darcy Dauble, AFS Walla Walla Valley Chapter team chairwoman, in a release.
Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members heard from retired university professor Willem Houwink, who taught international business economics.
The University of Washington named Walla Wallan Casey Hutchinson Most Outstanding Accounting Graduate for the Class of 2013.
Marcus “Marc” Luckstead passed the oral part of his American Board of Radiology exams on June 9 to be board certified in therapeutic radiological physics, according to his thrilled parents, Steve and Mary Luckstead of Walla Walla.
Scottish Rite Masons of Washington presented a $2,500 award to Ashley Danforth, the granddaughter of local residents.
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, in partnership with Pendleton Center for the Arts, will host activities that coincide with the current Ric Gendron: Rattlebone exhibit.
If a rod and flies are involved, chances are Dale McKain knows something about ‘em. He presented a program on the subject during a Milton-Freewater Rotary Club meeting, specifically about fly fishing, fly rods, flies and ways to develop related fishing techniques.
When you get to Friday, arrive thirsty.
Time for a little adventure right in the Walla Walla Valley. From Culvert to Creek, participants in the Blue Mountain Land Trust-sponsored Touchet River Restoration outing from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 20 will check out projects working to ensure local fish can migrate to cool streams in the Blue Mountains as the summer heats up.
Roughly 1,000 pounds of salmon will be dished up when Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club hosts its 23rd annual salmon bake fundraiser from 3:30-6:30 p.m. July 20 in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building, 363 Orchard St.
Shoichi Igarashi managed to fly into Walla Walla under the parental radar.
Seeking relief from the heat? Slide on over to Quail Run Retirement on Plaza Way for a cold root beer float and check out the “cool” cars. From 10 a.m.-noon Sunday visitors at 1701 Plaza Way will be able to enjoy an icy treat and scope out the automobiles on display courtesy of Walla Walla Cruisers.
For his first real job, Walla Walla native Jim Crislip delivered Union-Bulletin newspapers to 100 subscribers along a route from Second Avenue to Ninth Avenue and Willow to Rose Streets while he was a 12- and 13-year-old.
The poppy’s use as a memorial flower has been a symbol for American war dead since shortly after World War I, according to information posted on an American Legion website.
Brittany Minden, who graduated this spring from both Walla Walla Valley Academy and Greenways Academy, received a $500 scholarship from the Washington Association of Learning Alternatives, according to Stephanie Eastman, Greenways western region administrator.
Talk about some “almost unbelieveable coincidences,” said Shelley Broxson of Walla Walla. It started when she and her family went to Walla Walla High School for son Dalton James Broxson’s graduation June 7.
A project undertaken by Walla Wallan Jane Samples has attracted other contributors, all captivated by Jane’s efforts to make Little Dresses for Africa.
The study of mechanics of materials, dynamics, fluid mechanics, statistics, ethics and Catholicism were on his agenda when Gonzaga University junior Cameron Davis spent a semester in Florence, Italy. The capital city of Tuscany, Florence was founded in 80 BC and is steeped in an artistic and architectural heritage.
Doug and Karen Morton found themselves relaxing on May 20 in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa near Reykjavik, Iceland, a mere 3,589 miles from Walla Walla as an airplane flies. And baby, it is turquoise blue.
Walla Walla Gun Club’s slate of new officers for 2013 includes Mark Jungmann, president. He will serve with Richard Berrier, vice president, Bob Bloch, secretary-treasurer and Mark Brown, Jay Hanger, Terry Schaeffer, Gerry Taylor, Cody Miller, Doug McKay and Bill Stahlheber.
A Pink Lady Turkey Shoot and Shootout from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Walla Walla Gun Club on Middle Waitsburg Road will benefit J.ust U.s G.irls S.haring’s efforts to aid cancer patients and their families in the Walla Walla Valley.
A certain level of apprehension rises every time I prepare to go on holiday. It comes from the need to write items ahead to fill daily Etcetera columns while I’m away and the prospect of an email inbox bursting at the seams upon my return. The upside is the inbox is jammed with news to keep me busy sharing with our community.
Former Walla Wallan Colleen Aylward is overjoyed for son JD Aylward as he may finally be done with surgeries. In the most resent procedure, he had a titanium skull portion installed, she emailed in early May and said he is home and recovering well.
Not only did the annual Relay For Life of Walla Walla raise funds for the American Cancer Society, but it also benefitted Blue Mountain Action Council with an ingenious two-pronged nonperishable food drive.
Marmite fans such as Walla Walla’s Sally Harris can evidently call themselves marmarati.
A $20,000 grant from Petco Foundation to Cats Galore is, well, the cat’s meow.
Described as a must-have for such events as Burning Man, concerts, parties or just for fun, the WavyWand is making a comeback, with improvements in mind.
Junior Club of Walla Walla wrapped up another superlative service year at its recent year-end banquet. Its 41 members logged 5,931 hours in service to community and nonprofit organizations in the Walla Walla Valley. That’s $131,312.34 in economic impact to these groups, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that values volunteer time at $22.14 an hour.
Documentary filmmaking has opened doors of discovery and adventure for Walla Walla native Chris Cresci, a member of the Walla Walla High School Class of 2008.
Walla Walla Kiwanis Club and Walla Walla Camp Kiwanis Foundation awarded Service/Merit Scholarships to three Walla Walla High School seniors for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to Bill Vollendorff and Scott Wolfram, scholarship committee co-chairmen.
A local student will serve on the 2013-2014 Washington State Future Farmers of America state officer team.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Walla Wallan Andrew J. Gallagher tuned in to the constant barrage of metaphors such as “playing hardball,” “a flood of immigrants,” “the economy has collapsed,” “candidates are neck and neck” and “the election is going down to the wire.”
On an overnight trip to Olympia to meet with elected officials, Pioneer Middle School teacher Chris Plucker and students in his Leadership Class visited with 16th District Reps. Terry Nealey and Maureen Walsh and Sen. Mike Hewitt.
Well, flush my engine and buff my bumper: Even go-carts need a makeover once in a while. And so, the go-cart donated to the Walla Walla City-County D.A.R.E. program from Pepsi-Cola Bottling in 1990 got a facelift. The go-cart had been driven in parades and community events during the 1990s, but has been stored at the city corporation yard for many years and fell into disrepair, said Police Department Public Information Officer Tim Bennett in a release. The idea to overhaul the go-cart started when Police Officer Danny Lackey and Support Services Technician Bill Dunham contacted Penitentiary staff. They were eager to assist, said Bennett.
The Walla Walla YMCA credits the “tireless and passionate work of volunteer campaigners and generous contributions of the Walla Walla Valley residents” for its successful Annual Youth Sustaining Campaign that raised close to $155,000.
Five area residents were among recipients of 350 degrees conferred during Whitman College’s commencement ceremony May 19.
P.E.O. Chapter AP will host its second annual golf tournament on June 8 at the Milton-Freewater Golf Course. Proceeds benefit scholarships for local women.
A new children’s book by Walla Walla native Sonja Biggs is truly a family affair. Illustrated with photos by husband Atom Biggs, “Brandon’s Dream” is about their son Brandon’s journey with blindness and achieving his goals.
The Board of the Walla Walla Public Library, Beth Hudson, library director, and Jeffrey Townsend, media lab director, are inviting all y’all to the grand opening of the library’s media lab, CrewSpace. The “bold new opportunity for media creators of all ages” and the event celebrating it are at the library, 238 E. Alder St., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday.
Walla Wallan Steve Roy saved a May 30, 1976, U-B article by former colleague Nadine Munns Gerkey about the origination of Memorial Day, quite timely considering the holiday Monday.
Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored four students with Accepting the Challenge of Excellence awards. Winner, Vanessa Flores, of Prescott High School, received a $500 scholarship and plaque.
Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary are gearing up for another big benefit yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Friday-Saturday on the lawn at the aviary building, 925 Whitman St.
Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee will conduct its quarterly business meeting at 7 p.m. June 3 in the Pioneer Park Garden Center, using the Alder Street entrance.
Although initially mentioned in an off-hand manner, 10-year-old Olivier Nicault took his jesting grandparents’ invitation to finish his fifth-grade school year with them quite seriously.