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Karlene Ponti

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Dancers honor tradition at every turn

WALLA WALLA — History and culture can be stated in words, but they can also be expressed through music and dance. The beauty of traditional Mexican dance tells many stories as inspired dancers swirl in colorful costumes.

Blue Mountain Humane Society helper collars volunteer award

WALLA WALLA — Helping a shy or timid dog gain confidence can go a long way toward making him adoptable.

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Staff members a great resource at Camp Amanda

WALLA WALLA — Participants at Camp Amanda have a wealth of talent and dedication on hand to help restore their lives to normalcy.

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Camp helps grieving kids cope with loss

WALLA WALLA — This year marks the 30th anniversary of Camp Amanda, sponsored by Walla Walla Community Hospice. The camp program is for children ages 7-14 who have experienced a death in their family — a parent, sibling or grandparent. The camp, held at Camp Kiwanis at Kooskooskie, provides a peaceful, safe physical place and mental space for children to grieve and learn about their emotions.

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Dixie man rolls out charity barrels

DIXIE — What can you do to help others? Bright pink cardboard signs on a barrel suggest a way people can give the gift of hope to someone who is struggling.

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College Place couple creates own Fab Four

COLLEGE PLACE — After four years of trying to have a baby, Celina and Ben Dawson finally succeeded. But they got much more than they bargained for: quadruplets.

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Local woman completes Jordan sojourn

MILTON-FREEWATER — Ruby Mitchell recently returned from more than two years on a Peace Corps assignment in Jordan.

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Only the best rein on the Royal fair court

WALLA WALLA — Each year the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days is represented by the Royalty Court, a queen and two princesses. They make public appearances to represent the fair positively with horsemanship, public speaking, poise and composure.

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Milton-Freewater man saddles up for freedom

Carrying an American flag, Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard embarked April 5 on a horseback ride to the Atlantic Ocean, to celebrate the nation and meet people along the way.

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Family has staying power in motel biz

The Tuttle family has operated the Colonial Motel, a window to the past, since 1973.

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WWU project focuses on orphans in Peru

Students are raising funds to build and maintain two orphanages.

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Prolific volunteer always happy to lend a helping hand

WALLA WALLA — Terry McCoy has always directed his energy at aiding people who need help. His varied life experience bears this out, including stints as FEMA volunteer, children’s advocate and ombudsman for seniors.

Junior Club exists to serve community

The popular club's members volunteer their time to raise funds for local individuals and organizations.

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Veteran to return relics from Iwo Jima (with video)

Owen Agenbroad will give the items he found in 1945 to the son of their former owner.

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CHIP series to begin in College Place

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.

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Local dancers to take talents to Europe

The 10 members of The Performing Company will participate in The Dance Grand Prix in Barcelona.

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March construction: College Place High School

The school is due to be completed in December 2015.

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March Biz Bio: Barbara Suzui

Suzui is an interior decorator at Gary's Paint & Decorating.

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New leader a perfect match for Camp Fire

Years of leadership experience provided Allen Stanley the skills he needs to guide the agency.

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Local Red Cross volunteer Dixie Ferguson reflects on her experiences

“Doing this provides tremendous rewards. It doesn’t get better than that,” she said. “I serve happily.”

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When disaster strikes, Red Cross responds

WALLA WALLA — Extreme weather, earthquakes, fires and other disasters can happen anywhere.

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Longtime volunteer Sarita McCaw helps 4-H navigate changes

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.

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Ninety-year-old takes flying leap

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.

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Volleyball players set sights on improvement

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.

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Saying ‘yes’ is just the first step

Getting married can involve a number of choices, including colors, apparel, décor and the cake.

WALLA WALLA — A bride today has more choices than ever — the colors, the flowers, the dress and the cake. While there are plenty of decisions to make, there are also popular trends and styles that could help to narrow down those options.

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Walla Walla University students work to warm hearts, hands

COLLEGE PLACE — It’s cold out there — especially for people who lack housing or are unable to afford to heat their homes.

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Audiences thrill to pieces at music festival in Walla Walla

The winter and summer Chamber Music Festivals are popular no matter the weather.

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival’s winter edition is a way to keep the music going year-round.

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Children's Home Society focused on kids, families

WALLA WALLA — Children’s Home Society offers help for families in crisis.

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Center provides safety, structure for youth

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.

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Lights tour strings together emergency fund

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.

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Life’s twists and turns lead to yoga studio

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.

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Pioneer House projects assist those in need during holidays

WALLA WALLA — Pioneer House Assisted Living is in the holiday spirit, hosting a holiday food drive and helping with the Senior Giving Tree.

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Center at the Park stages annual holiday bazaar

WALLA WALLA — The holidays are here, with merriment, gift-giving and time with family.

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Coach assists with game plans for life

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.

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Former farmer cut out for hairstyling

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.

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Park Plaza residents enjoy red-carpet treatment in their golden years

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.

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Expert help when you’re expecting abounds in Walla Walla Valley

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.

Class series to provide resources, support for caregivers

WALLA WALLA — Taking care of a loved one? You have more resources available than you might realize.

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Ice Chalet laces up for 2013 season

The rink offers hockey and figure skating classes and themed special events.

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SonBridge fills gap in Valley's social services

COLLEGE PLACE — At first glance, what SonBridge Community Center actually does and the services it provides might seem mystifying, but in actuality it’s simple. Most nonprofit agencies providing help in the community have a specific niche, or a specialty they have selected. SonBridge, at 1200 S.E. 12th St., was created to help people who fall between these specific targets.

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FroGs: A safe place for fellowship for adults with disabilities

The group provides opportunities for disabled adults to socialize and to help their community.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Area adults with disabilities have a great resource, in a landscape where resources are few.

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Walla Walla vets urge vaccinations after canine distemper outbreak in raccoons

WALLA WALLA — An alert has gone out to area veterinarians and others about the canine distemper virus infecting raccoons in the area.

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Kitchen Tour serves up fun, funds

Proceeds from the popular annual event help provide scholarships for local women.

WALLA WALLA — The local chapter of the American Association of University Women is cooking up a fun way to help others. It’s time for the 11th annual Kitchen Tour, a fundraiser for AAUW.

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For families, Walla Walla's YMCA is all fun and games

The Y offers a variety of family-focused exercise, fitness and social activities.

WALLA WALLA — Looking for a place to have some fun with your family? As fall comes on, school starts and the days get shorter, it’s nice to have a family-oriented place for activities, whether they are exercise- and fitness-related or a fun, social time.

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College Place couple's roots in Valley run deep

COLLEGE PLACE — If you’ve driven down Southeast 12th Street in the summertime, you’ve likely noticed it on the south side of the road: A garden patch boasting rows of cornstalks and tall onion stems, vibrant vines studded with plump tomatoes, and leafy green bushes bristling with beans.

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Ancient technique of painting with wax heats up again (with video)

A Valley artist uses molten wax to express her creativity.

DAYTON — What’s old is new again. Encaustic painting, the ancient art of painting with hot wax, is enjoying a reawakening in popularity.

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Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding offers disabled people a bit of therapy

TOUCHET — Sometimes fun provides the best learning experience. And fun with gentle horses might be just the thing for children and adults with disabilities.

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Walla Walla swimmer displays backstroke of genius at Senior Games

“Go, you little guppy!” the grandchildren of her friends shouted, as Suzie Aldrich prepared to swim a heat at this year’s National Senior Games. The nationals were held July 19-Aug. 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Salmon dinner fundraiser key to senior center operations

The popular annual event helps to fund meal and social services at the Center at the Park.

WALLA WALLA — The Center at the Park is gearing up for its 10th annual Wild Alaskan Salmon Barbecue Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m. Friday. The event, a fundraiser for the Center, includes great food and opportunities to socialize with friends and family.

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Walla Walla acupuncturist aims to head off medical woes

After a charity stint in Nepal, Lindsey Thompson opened a clinic in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — People who downplay the healing power of acupuncture are missing the point, says Lindsey Thompson.