What's old is new again.For 40 years the annual Christmas Gift Boutique has brought accomplished crafters to town to sell their wares. And to keep it fresh, each year the event brings in new artisans and ideas.
Shirley Scott teaches classes to help pet owners better understand their animals.
Any kind of training or basic understanding starts with communication — even with pets.But an effective language between animals and humans is often one that is unspoken, even spiritual, according to Walla Walla pet communicator and psychic Shirley Scott.
Business: Brother/sister co-owners of Walla Walla Roastery, 290 A Street, Walla Walla.
The cupboards are getting pretty bare as more and more people need help.
WALLA WALLA — More people in the Walla Walla Valley are having a harder time making ends meet, and the sour economy is having a similar effect on many local food banks that could otherwise help them.“The economy is about to conk eve
Julie Caron at Center at the Park helps folks keep an eye out for problems.
WALLA WALLA -- Don't take your health for granted, especially your feet. That's the strong message coming from foot care provider Julie Caron at the Center at the Park.
If you want those piggies to keep taking you to the market, you've got to put in a little effort.
You stand on them. You walk with them. But you might be forgetting to take care of your feet, and that's not a good idea if you have circulatory problems or diabetes.
You are what you paint.For Joyce Anderson, though, it's not the objects she paints in her luxurious watercolors of landscapes, wildlife, people and flowers, but more what inspires her to paint them.
As winter gets going full force in Walla Walla, so does Project Warm Up.
The 4-H club's first big horse event rounded up funds for cancer victims.
A newly formed 4-H club in the Walla Walla Valley with a focus on equestrian events is riding high in its first year.
A century ago Walla Walla's Italian community dedicated a statue of Christopher Columbus at the County Courthouse.'In reading some of the old dockets,
Choosing things they truly believe in keeps the Keatts coming back for more volunteer work.
Robert and Linnea Keatts heard some advice a while back that they took to heart:'Don't volunteer anywhere for a year after you retire. Find yourself. Find your new schedule. Then find organizations you believe in.”They heeded it, then found many organizat
Business: Walla Walla Symphony CEO.
Home remodeling projects are rarely easy or without stress — on wallets or domestic relations.Ty and Diane McEuen handled both when they remodeled the kitchen in their 1960s-built Walla Walla home.They added heated floors, efficient storage, a fireplace,
Walla Walla General Hospital's Meals on Wheels has been a local mainstay for 40 years.
It takes two, baby.And many other volunteers in the kitchen to get them loaded up and on the roadThat's the human recipe for success of Walla Walla General Hospital's home-delivered Meals on Wheels program.When people are recuperating at home they need he
Business/job title: owner of Wags to Whiskers
Flutist and quilter Meredith Mitchell keeps her fingers busy in two arts that demand precision.
Call what Meredith Mitchell creates symphonies for the eyes.The former music teacher at Walla Walla's Edison Elementary School and flutist with regional symphonies nowadays keeps her creative instincts – not to mention her fingers – busy making richly tex
A Walla Walla woman applies experience as a PTSD social worker to restore the life of an abused dog.
Sometimes life gives second chances — even to dogs.To see Louie, a 6-year-old vizsla, joyously bounding around, one would be hard pressed to know he spent the first four years of his life in terror.His new life now revolves around Teresa Pavish-Paradiso,
There's no rest for Wes and Shirley Miller, and that's how they like it.
Retirement is just another word for nothing left to do.In that regard, Wes and Shirley Miller will never retire, given their myriad interests and hours upon hours of volunteer work.'They're everywhere,” said Peggy Needham, director of the Retired Seniors
Business: Photographer, owner of Kimberly, InkHometown: Walla Walla.
Dr. Donald Smith delights in the magnificent iris he grows in his College Place garden. Quite like the retired orthopedic surgeon himself, the plants are colorful, very hardy and endure the years well. At 94, Smith, born 1916 in Canada, has spent much of
Volunteer actors breathe new life into the Valley's past.
To Paul Franzmann, history is not so much a timeline of major events as it is a compilation of people's hopes, dreams, fears and the day-to-day adventure of living."What is interesting about history is the people, the stories," said Franzmann, Fort Walla
The local volunteer agency is raising awareness amid funding cutbacks.
Walla Walla's RSVP, like many community assistance programs nationwide, is feeling an economic pinch.But it continues to count on its legions of volunteers with varied expertise and affiliated organizations to meet the needs of people in the community, an
Being open two days a week may seem to run counter to growing a business, but for Walla Walla's Real Deals on Home Decor it's been a successful strategy.
Business/job title: Registered dietician, owner of All About Nutrition, 800 Sprague Ave., Suite 103.
But keep age in mind when thinking about risk and ability to recover, WW experts say.
Financial security is important, no matter what your age. But for adults 55 and older, risk becomes more of an issue. These folks often can't recover from losses as well as a younger person with more earning years ahead. Maybe you're retired and looking f
Walla Walla woman's bout with deadly disease called on many to help restore her life.
The onset was sudden and brutal.On a spring Sunday in 2007, longtime Walla Walla resident and businesswoman Libby Frazier had sold a house.The next day she felt a tiredness.
From onions to asparagus, winter's late grasp has slowed growth of area produce.
A cold winter started early and held on for all it was worth this year. And weather, good or bad, affects agriculture, but sometimes you just have to wait and hope for the best.
Having trouble hearing? Don't just tolerate it. Communicating with others is essential and hearing loss is a common concern. It can isolate you from your loved ones and interfere on many levels. But you can take action. "I encourage them not to put up wit
Randy and Jane Allen married May 1 in front of a joyous crowd of friends and family. Everyone had been a participant in one way or another in their lives, love and the miracle of the Wedding Quilt, according to the couple. The journey they traveled to thi
While living longer is a great thing, it creates the need for the things you rely on to last as long as you do. This means everything from your financial resources to your mobility, manual dexterity and your teeth.Oral health for seniors is an important p
It's May and warm weather activities are getting started all over the area. Putting a long winter aside, there's the promise of family fun at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market. The market opens for its new season May 1 and will run Saturdays and Sunda
For anyone who's ever loved an animal, the bond you share with your furry friend is something to cherish. The new book 'Squeaky's Farm, Our Lives in Rural Spain” by local author Carolyn Parker, exudes this love. The book honors the adventures of her cat,
Gardening is a passion for many, young and old. After a long winter, it's encouraging to see the first flowers come up. Bulb flowers are some of the earliest bright colors in a garden. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, lily of the valley and iris offer a trem
The Adult Day Center located at the Center at the Park provides a safe alternative for a loved one who requires caregiving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., allowing caregivers to take what can sometimes be a much-needed break.At the Adult Day Center, Program
Business/Job title: Owner of Integrity Design & Copyworks, 214 E. Rose St.
Long-term Walla Walla General Hospital volunteer Wilmer Bryan just celebrated his 97th birthday on Valentine's Day.At the hospital that day, he got a card signed with plenty of good wishes from his co-workers. Bryan enjoys his volunteer efforts, he's hard
Need to relax? The Walla Walla Volunteer Reiki Organization has begun holding free Reiki healing sessions the last Saturday of each month at the Many Waters Wellness Center, 800 Sprague Ave.Corbi Copeland, one of the founders of the volunteer group, said
The Strawberry Waffle Supper, a tradition at the Center at the Park, 720 Sprague Ave., draws in plenty of guests.
It's time for the annual Walla Walla Community College Rodeo, Riding Against Child Abuse, March 11-13 at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, a fun family event that combines community awareness and education.The rodeo draws about 200 contestants from all
There's no place like home.Aging in place keeps a senior in their own comfortable, familiar surroundings.Often the changes needed to improve the safety of the home are minor. If extra assistance is
Idealism and a great sense of humor helps Gail McGhee through life's ups and downs.
When the last spark of the setting sun turns the trees and hills to radiance, Leslie Williams Cain captures the moment with her art.Trees, hills and shadows all glow with the respect and love Cain has for the land. This developed in her early childhood, w
Anne-Marie Zell Schwerin, executive director at the local YWCA recently enjoyed a trip to Poland. She spent ten days there, networking with people involved in World YWCA and the YWCA of Poland.World YWCA is a network of about 150 countries across the glob
Business/job title: Owner of Mann's House of Brides Hometown: Born and raised here.
Winter, the recent holidays and current economic conditions are increasing the demand on local food banks.
Getting through the winter may be easier with a good book to read. Fix yourself some tea and settle back with a book you've always wanted to explore. The Walla Walla Public Library has plenty of books, audio books and music to get you started.If you haven
It's the beginning of the new year and maybe you've decided to start eating healthy and taking better care of yourself. With type 2 diabetes reaching epidemic proportions in our country, anytime is a good time to start new, healthy habits.
It's another New Year, full of hope, inspiration and new beginnings. What will 2011 bring to all of us and the world? What are your hopes and fears? What can be done to bring our hopes to fruition and lay our fears to rest?
The program at Walla Walla Community College offers courses for those 50 and older
Another new year is almost here. Maybe a new year calls for a new plan.If you've decided to take some classes and get involved in some new things in January, the Quest Program at the Walla Walla Community College might be an option.Those 50 and older can
It's the week before Christmas and maybe those holiday preparations are done and maybe they're not.Taking some time now for yourself might help you avoid holiday stress. Getting everyone together is much of the joy of the season, it's not about maxing out