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 goal of the six-week course is to help participants take control of their health.
The program will be held at Village Church, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from April 1 through May 8.
The 10 members of The Performing Company will participate in The Dance Grand Prix in Barcelona.
The school is due to be completed in December 2015.
Suzui is an interior decorator at Gary's Paint & Decorating.
Years of leadership experience provided Allen Stanley the skills he needs to guide the agency.
“Doing this provides tremendous rewards. It doesn’t get better than that,” she said. “I serve happily.”
WALLA WALLA — Extreme weather, earthquakes, fires and other disasters can happen anywhere.
McCaw earned an induction into the state 4-H Hall of Fame for her work with the club.
“It’s no longer cows and cookies," said McCaw, who's been dedicated to the organization for half a century.
WALLA WALLA — Ruth Jamison has experienced some true highs in her 90 years. She’s had a good life overall, but some moments were really special.
A club where young athletes build skills has led to a Valley-wide spike in the sport’s popularity.
WALLA WALLA — “Volleyball is alive and well in Walla Walla,” said Cassie Rothstrom, president and assistant director of the Sweets Volleyball Club.