Ponti began working for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in 1999 as the Special Publications Writer. Her work can be found in Walla Walla Valley Lifestyles, the Walla Walla Valley Weekly, Walla Walla Valley Business Monthly, Vistor’s Guide and other publications. In the early 1990s she worked for the Record Journal in Ferndale, Wash. providing the Custer news column and feature articles.
Born and raised in Walla Walla, she grew up on a family farm that still produces Walla Walla Sweet Onions. A graduate of Walla Walla High School, she attended Whitman College and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies--Women Studies and Psychology. After college, she attended the seminary at the CDM Spiritual Teaching Center in Seattle and was ordained a Christian minister in 1980.
Her favorite books include Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, the King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany, Earth Energy by Mary Ellen Flora and the alphabet mystery series by Sue Grafton. “I sometimes wish the alphabet was longer,” Ponti said.
Favorite movies include Paint Your Wagon, Harold and Maude, Real Genius, Titanic (seen probably hundreds of times) and King Arthur, 2004.
She loves music, especially The Moody Blues, The Call, The Bards and Sugarland.
Interests include spending time with family, learning about antiques, collectibles and historic homes, meditation.
The union between the YMCA and Community Center for Youth is growing in popularity.
WALLA WALLA — A new start can be a good thing, both for an individual and for an organization. Community Center for Youth, CCY, has partnered with the Walla Walla YMCA. Known now as the YCCY, it’s a brand-new start for the agency that helps give at-risk youth a new start.
The urge to help people in need drives the organizers of the popular bus tour.
WALLA WALLA — As the holidays brighten winter’s darkness, area residents decorate their homes and businesses with Christmas lights to illuminate the nights. A fun and easy way to check out the many Christmas displays is to take a ride on the second annual Christmas Lights Bus Tour.
WALLA WALLA — Courtney Morgan’s new business, Revolver Yoga Studio, opened with a bang. Twenty-two students showed up Sept. 8 for the first session.
WALLA WALLA — Pioneer House Assisted Living is in the holiday spirit, hosting a holiday food drive and helping with the Senior Giving Tree.
WALLA WALLA — The holidays are here, with merriment, gift-giving and time with family.
John Pesciallo’s coaching sessions help other people help themselves.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Whether you’re sprinting or running in a marathon, sometimes you just need a coach. Life occasionally takes some coaching, too.
It took current stylist Carl Bossini decades before he found his niche in life.
WALLA WALLA — After many different careers, Carl Bossini finally found his true calling. He’s a trained stylist and owns his own business, Carl’s Hair Hut, at 315 N. Fourth Ave.
Art, music, meals, sports and more keep Park Plaza’s residents active, social and happy.
WALLA WALLA — Grady and Gerry Rose manage Park Plaza Independent Senior Living Community. They love to socialize and create activities that benefit everyone involved.
Local hospitals and community centers provide resources for people who are having a baby.
WALLA WALLA — The arrival of a baby is usually a joyous occasion. But the birthing process can deliver uncertainty and uneasiness for the new parents-to-be.
WALLA WALLA — Taking care of a loved one? You have more resources available than you might realize.