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Annie Charnley Eveland

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Universal Children's Day to be celebrated at YMCA

YMCA of Walla Walla, 340 S. Park St., will host Universal Children’s Day and Hot Cocoa from 4:30-6 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Salvation Army to handle this year's Turkey Trot

The annual Turkey Trot, an opportunity to burn some calories before the big feast on Nov. 27, will now be under the auspices of The Salvation Army in Walla Walla.

Confection of a film relates Walla Walla couple’s sweet story

After hearing an inspirational love story about Walla Wallans Dr. Bob and Juanita Thomsen, Sandra Capra of St. Louis Park, Minn., wrote, directed and produced a brief film about them through her Capra Creations Productions.

Great Gatsby event raises $21,000 for Humane Society

There was scads of potential for cries of “23-skidoo,” “oh, you kid” and “it’s the bee’s knees” during a recent Great Gatsby-themed benefit.

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club plans major fundraiser

A big fundraiser for the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club 294 also promises to be great fun for the community when the Harlem Ambassadors come back for a laugh-filled basketball game on Saturday.

Program connects youngsters with musical instruments

And the beat goes on. The Walla Walla Blues Society continues to provide opportunities for young people to play musical instruments. “Melody Mike” Hammond, WWBS president, recently delivered an electric bass guitar and a ukulele to the music program at St. Basil Academy in Walla Walla.

ETC - White Christmases rare according to record book

And speaking of vintage news and the moderate temperatures we’re having, will we have a white Christmas or won’t we? A Dec. 24, 1942, U-B clipping from Joe Drazan reports white yules are rare, according to the records.

ETC - Operation Christmas Child Shoebox looks for donations

David Cook of Great Britain in 1993 packed the first shoeboxes for youngsters traumatized and victimized by the Bosnian war. Anguished by how the war impacted kids, who were homeless and hurting, he saw their need as overwhelming.

ETC - Pantry Shelf collecting donations for Thanksgiving

Pantry Shelf is planing ahead to provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets to its clients. Blue Mountain Action Council will donate the birds, but additional items are needed.

American Legion hosting veterans breakfast today

In honor of area veterans and their families, Milton-Freewater American Legion Post 24 will host a breakfast from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall, 424 N.E. Eighth St.

ETC - Blue Devil debaters compete at Whitman College tourney

Walla Walla High School’s speech and debate team started the new academic season with competition at a Whitman College tournament in late October. Twenty-six schools from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and Canada vied to win.

ETC - Gauntlet thrown down for No Shave November

Not only is it a great excuse to forego razors and electric shavers, but members of the Walla Walla Police Department and Dispatch are raising funds to fight cancer while they take a break from shaving during “No Shave November.”

NAMI plans holiday party for December

The 2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness Walla Walla Board of Directors includes President Justine Taylor, Vice President Liz Fry, Secretary Dale Goodson, Treasurer Kay Maxfield, and Board members at large Charles Eichler, Bob Fairchild, Bobi Goodson, Tam Lennox, Michelle Meyer and Barbara Gilbert Needles.

Charity ballgame on lookout for beneficiary agencies

Nonprofits interested in being considered to receive proceeds from the third annual Battle of the Badge charity baseball game coming up in the spring may send a letter of interest to Amy Harris, in care of the Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Moore St., Walla Walla WA, 99362.

Retiree group to hold monthly meeting at WWCC

The Washington State School Retirees Association will hold its monthly meeting at noon Monday in the new Southeast Area Technical Skills Center, 25 Campus Loop on the Walla Walla Community College campus.

Carnegie Picture Lab lands $93,000 grant

The Donald and Virginia Sherwood Trust awarded Carnegie Picture Lab a $93,000 capacity grant.

Food drive gives boost to food bank

A lot of hands came on deck for an effort that addresses hunger in the community. Lori Finn, a teacher at Lincoln High School, coordinated the Fill the Bus event on Oct. 17 at local grocery stores. The donation of food supports the Walla Walla Association of Realtors Care & Share Food Drive.

Wa-Hi JROTC names top cadet for month

Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ September Blue Devils Cadet of the Month is Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Spencer Carlyle of Foxtrot Company.

Umapine celebrates community with block parties, contests

Mark Gomes of the Milton Freewater Rural Fire District drove a fire truck over to Umapine to surprise kids participating in the Umapine parade on Oct. 19.

Safeway foundation connects food bank with funds

Safeway Corporation Foundation noted in a letter dispatched in midsummer to Pantry Shelf Food Share in Walla Walla, that a check sent to the food bank in spring 2013 had not yet been cashed.

Wa-Hi students accepted for band clinic in Western Washington

Auditioning by mp3, several Walla Walla High School Band students have been tapped for the annual Western International Band Clinic Nov. 21-24 at the Sea-Tac Doubletree Inn.

Woman celebrates milestone of membership in lodge

Marjorie Penner Saranto celebrated eight decades of membership in Narcissa Rebekah Lodge No. 2. She first joined Theta Rho, the girls branch of the Rebekahs, in 1934, according to Barbara Tvrz in a release.

Berney students notch wins in readathon

Berney Elementary students Ali Fewell and Kort Holbrook won the Berney PTA Read-a-Thon fundraiser grand prize as the top-earning girls and boy in their school.

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart passes goal with fundraising dinners

The 12th Dinner for Friends with Friends benefit for Blue Mountain Heart to Heart on Aug. 23 and realized more than $21,000 from 110 donors, exceeding its $20,000 goal.

Wa-Hi football team raises funds aimed at finding cure for Duchenne MD

Walla Walla High School football players stand as the sole team in the state to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. With their coaches, they raised more than $2,000 for the Coach To Cure MD project. Duchenne MD is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood that leads to progressive muscle failure, according to an item in the school district online newsletter. Their head coach is Eric Hisaw.

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Little Theatre opens 70th season with ‘You Can’t Take it With You’

When a group of about 40 area residents convened in 1944 to discuss putting on plays in town, the germ for the Little Theatre of Walla Walla was born.

Ex-Walla Walla artist Manuel forges new bronze work, museum

Before others stumbled upon it in 1812, Hot Lake Springs southeast of La Grande was a site treasured by generations of Native Americans who nursed their injured and sick and rested there on neutral ground. The Nez Percé called the geothermal waters Ea-Kesh-Pa.

Eighth-grader working toward fundraising goal, a pumpkin at a time

A post at Beatrice Waggoner’s website, (, indicates she spent a recent weekend at her grandmother’s house cutting the rest of her pumpkins off the vines.

YMCA plans Spooktacular for Halloween

From pumpkins to empowered princesses, the YMCA’s free community Spooktacular is the place to be for Halloween action for young people from birth to 18 from 4:30-7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Autism group to sponsor seminar Wednesday

The Eastern Washington Autism Spectrum Disorder Association is sponsoring a free seminar, “Why do they do that? Understanding the Function Behind the Behavior,” from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Jacobi’s Café, 416 N. Second Ave.

Children's Museum of Walla Walla receives $7,000 grant

The Children’s Museum of Walla Walla recently received a $7,000 grant from the Blue Mountain Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Moms' Network to host Family Mealtime Dinner Nov. 6

The second annual Family Mealtime Dinner on Nov. 6 at the Foundry Vineyards, 1111 Abadie St., will give The Moms’ Network an opportunity to showcase its accomplishments in the community.

Writer remembers friend — from the heart

Family, friends and colleagues attended a celebration of life on Saturday at Dunham Cellars for local winemaker Eric Michael Dunham.

Walla Walla student makes Biola University dean's list

Zane Henderson of Walla Walla, is one of 1,513 students named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

AAUW 's Kitchen Tour fundraiser a resounding success

Through the generosity of area homeowners and participants who went on the 12th annual Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch Kitchen Tour, the Oct. 5 event was “a fun and financially successful day,” said AAUW Kitchen Tour Committee member Judy Jamison in a release.

Legislator feted for support of early learners

Early Learning Action Alliance bestowed a Gold Crayon Award on state Rep. Maureen Walsh, D-16th District, in recognition of her commitment to the first five years in children’s lives.

Several area students graduate from Eastern Oregon University

Eastern Oregon University in La Grande awarded 700 bachelor’s degrees, 89 master’s degrees, 11 certificates and two associate’s degrees in 2013-14, including to students in the U-B circulation area.

Former Walla Walla couple weds

Former Walla Walla residents Michaella Pugliese Schilling and Austin Schilling, now of Vancouver, Wash., wed on June 28, 2014, at Creekstone Gardens in Walla Walla.

Sunrise Rotary hears about cleanup at Hanford Nuclear Site

Last week’s Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary program about the Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup project came from Cameron Hardy, public affairs specialist at the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office, said Rotarian John McKern.

Trunk or Treat set for Oct. 30 at Wa-Hi

A can of food provides admission to the annual student-sponsored Trunk or Treat from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Walla Walla High School in the science parking lot off Abbott Road.

YCCY plans Halloween dance at Armory

All the teens can be killin’ it (vernacular for doing something very good) when they turn up for a YMCA Community Center for Youth-hosted Halloween dance from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Washington State National Guard Armory, 113 S. Colville St. Costumes are encouraged.

Pheasants Forever chapter plans planting

In its continuing efforts to provide cover for upland game birds, members of Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain Chapter will plant about 200 trees and shrubs at 9 a.m. Saturday at a site on the north side of Lewis Peak Road, east of Dixie.

School officials review emergency preparedness list

Walla Walla Public Schools looked at their emergency preparedness list and checked it at least twice, finding they have met the requirements outlined in RCW 28A.320.125. This state law requires school districts and schools to have emergency plans in place that include drills, safety training, interaction with first responders and expertise in the Incident Command System.

Scholarships on offer for area students

Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association is offering two $1,200 scholarship grants to prospective teachers and/or candidates in other school-related fields who will student-teach or do internship experience in an educational setting.

Area firefighters blaze fundraising trail for cystic fibrosis

Raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, several area firefighters competed in the sixth annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge Climb for the Cure in September.

Youthful musician from College Place performs original song

Fifteen-year-old songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Jack Sherrell performed an awesome original song during his first performance at Interlochen (Mich.) Arts Academy.

Businesses chip in school supplies for kids in need

Two area businesses teamed to donate school supplies to students in need in the College Place School District 250, according to a release.

Garrison Middle students to launch weather balloons

Five high-altitude weather balloons will be cut loose simultaneously on Oct. 23 at Garrison Middle School athletic fields.

Program to discuss sites of WW County Poor Farm, Cemetery

Before welfare programs and federal Social Security, indigents in Walla Walla County could live and work at a poor farm during the Depression in the 1930s.

Local students named to WSU president's honor roll

A dozen students in the U-B circulation area made Washington State University’s summer semester president’s honor roll: