Phyllis Garvas of Walla Walla recently received the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Service Officer of the Year Award for 2015.
Walla Wallan Murray William Fisher, 94, will be honored by the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 25 as part of the team’s Salute to Those Who Served program.
On the lookout for avenues to connect children with area history, Fort Walla Walla Museum, its members, volunteers and business partners came up with a new experiential device, said Carolyn Keyes, museum executive assistant.
More than 80 classmates and guests are expected when the Walla Walla High School Class of 1955 gathers this week to celebrate its 60th reunion.
Daughters of the American Revolution presented essay contest awards to students Lauren Bergman and Marissa McBride for their successful submissions.
John Lonai of Milton-Freewater earned dual major bachelor of science degrees in physics and engineering during Northwest Nazarene University’s 99th annual commencement ceremony on May 9 in Nampa, Idaho.
Walla Walla Public School is barely out and there’s news about the 2015-2016 school year, which begins Aug. 26. There will not be early release on the first day of school, a Wednesday. The district Calendar Committee made it a full day of school when the two-year calendar was adopted on Nov. 18, 2013 according to the school district online newsletter.
Sports-centered camaraderie, friendship and growth of character holds no bounds. On that note, the second annual Female Athlete Gathering will convene at 11:30 a.m. July 25 at Mill Creek Brew Pub. Athletes and coaches are encouraged to attend and bring pictures and memorabilia to share.
Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club named Alondra Hernandez and Veronica Ocampo its Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients.
Taking more than a year to assemble, Fort Walla Walla Museum’s “Walla Walla and the World Wars” exhibit teems with artifacts, photographs and stories from local veterans who served during World Wars I and II.
Walla Walla Public Schools received a check for $3,250 from Pacific Power WATTSMART incentive program for the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center on the Walla Walla Community College campus.
It turns out there’s another event option for members of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1970 who will gather for their 45th class reunion. On June 26, folks will gather from 6 p.m. until closing at Mill Creek Brew Pub, 11 S. Palouse St. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club partners with area high schools to select students for scholarship awards. The connection allows Rotary to recognize young people who face health issues, overcoming family hardships, learning difficulties and other life challenges. “Rotary values independent thinkers and doers and people who stand up for what they believe,” according to a release.
Milton-Freewater Rotary Club member David Shannon discussed religions and the demographics of their presence around the world during a recent club meeting.
Interventional cardiologists Dr. Imran Zubair and Bill Beach got to the heart of the matter when they talked to Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members about services provided at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Imran and Bill are members of the hospital’s cardiac team.
Milton-Freewater resident Emily Kay Childers came away from Corban University’s 79th annual commencement ceremony with top honors. The event was May 2 in the Salem (Ore.) Armory.
The Lincoln High School Art Department received two donations from the community. At its May Creative Network event, ArtWalla presented Lincoln Art Program Director Jayne Eacker with a $500 gift to be used for student art supplies and special projects.
Blue Ridge Elementary teacher Cheryl Thonney invited brothers Kevin and Andrew Thonney from the Bicycle Barn to her school for its annual Bike Rodeo in late May.
Walla Walla Public Schools named Libby Thompson its new director of special education. She begins on July 1 and succeeds former director Karen Lehman.
Walla Walla Noon Rotary awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Waitsburg High School spring graduate Kare Shively, who gave up much of her high school experience to be her father’s caregiver. Mark Shively has severely diminished hearing and sight. She said caring for him made her stronger, more empathetic and more capable to meet future challenges, according to a release.
Isaac Mata, a standout spring graduate from DeSales Catholic High School, received a $1,000 scholarship from Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club.
Shilo Stolz received a $1,000 scholarship from Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club.
Megan Sierra Moberg of Walla Walla graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and mathematics.
Rotary has a history of recognizing young people who are undaunted by personal challenges. “What the person becomes after overcoming hardship and trekking on toward a goal swells the soul and the spirit.”
Children’s day celebration Dia de los Niños will be from 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday in Washington Park, 700 W. Cherry St.
Gregg Heller, a junior member of the Bates College men’s track and field team, received the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic distinction for the spring 2015 season.
In early June Sandy Conlee , secretary of Prescott Lions Club, presented a copy of “The Student Dictionary & Animal Gazetteer” to every student in Mrs. Adams’ Prescott third-grade class, said Jeanne McIntyre in a release.
In honor of Father's Day, Community Club in Prescott will cook up a storm for area residents from 8-11 a.m. on June 20 and 21. Bring dad to breakfast at Lions Hall, Highway 124 and D St. in Prescott.
Directors with Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington came to the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center May 16 for their annual meeting.
Former Walla Wallan and internationally published children’s author Deborah Underwood is planning a new book.
Ten local students received a boost recently thanks to scholarships from the Washington State Penitentiary Employees Association.
Walla Wallan Lisa Anderson rubbed shoulders with an American hero this spring when she met and visited with Kristin Beck at a diversity conference in Port Angeles, Wash.
While serving overseas, Walla Walla native Gregory “Greg” Pepin saved a 36-day-old infant whose mother was attempting to flee Iraq. Complicating matters, Awaz Barwari, then 22, didn’t have identification for baby Lava Barwari and Iraqi authorities refused to let the little one leave.
How does one encapsulate a 42-year career without writing a book? Margie Fanciullo Douglas attempted to do just that when sharing a bit about her life.
Walla Wallans Allison Henckel and Bailey Nelson are among the more than 700 students who received degrees during commencement ceremonies May 2 at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. The school hosted an undergraduate commencement for 430 graduates on May 2.
Several area students from the Union-Bulletin circulation area will graduate this spring from Oregon State University. Its 146th commencement will be 10:30 a.m. June 13 in Reser Stadium, Corvallis.
Members of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1970 are looking ahead to their 45th class reunion on June 26.
Former Edison Elementary teacher Kay Barga is helping coordinate a Social Concerns Committee partnership with 2nd Harvest Mobile Food Bank to provide free produce, nutritious perishable products, other groceries and beef to all in need. The food giveaway will be from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, 2098 E. Alder St. The giveaway requires no appointment or documentation and will be held no matter the weather. For more details, contact Kay at 529-3527.
James Graves of Walla Walla graduated cum laude and received his juris doctor May 16 from Seattle University School of Law.
Learning about the Cold War, Walla Walla High School students in Michelle Higgins’ sixth-period modern world history class attended and filmed a talk about Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s history during a field trip to Whitman College.
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named Walla Walla High School a Silver Medal Award winner, according to the school district online newsletter.
The Walla Walla High School Culinary Arts class prepared desserts for the AVID Senior Celebration on May 22 in the Wa-Hi commons and auditorium.
For completing required clinicals and class time and clearing an important program hurdle to sit for the state examination, 33 Southeast Technical Skills Center health sciences students received pins in a recognition ceremony in late May.
Proceeds raised from Camp Fire upcoming trivia night support programs for kids. The event encourages brain power and team work, all for the sake of raising funds to benefit Camp Fire programs.
The local National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Walla Walla’s Steps for Awareness Walk 2015 will be Sunday from the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center to Rising Sun Clubhouse.
Oh boy, during Bike the Blues with Allegro Cyclery on Saturday, Steve Rapp and Mike Austin will lead bicycle rides catered to riders’ ages and interest. Rides are planned for the 4- to 74-year-olds and older, the once-per-year rider or experienced cyclist. Round-trip rides depart from Wildwood Park at 11 a.m.
Should enough people desire it, Kay Maxfield and Tam Lennox with the National Alliance on Mental Illness are prepared to offer a Family to Family Support group. Call 509-529-4854 or 509-200-8996 to let them know if you are interested.
What to do with the kids on Friday and the last day of school on June 12 when Walla Walla Public Schools have early dismissal? Elementary teachers use the time for report card preparation. Students in grades 6-12 are on a regular schedule.
Tri-State Steelheaders will host its annual Kids Fishing Day from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday at Bennington Lake.
Aiming to become teachers, Morgen Brown from McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater and a student from Pendleton received $2,000 scholarships during the InterMountain Education Service District’s Crystal Apple awards ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton.