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COLUMN: "Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me." The phrase was hip and on the lips of a multitude during the 1960s. Everyone from Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels to screen star Goldie Hawn and the cast from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, comedian Milton Berle and even President Richard M. Nixon said or sang those iconic words. And now members of the Kiwanis Club of Walla Walla are inviting the community to sock it to them during their fall sock drive on Nov. 13.

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COLUMN: For former Walla Walla resident Kay Johnson Lehmann, Alzheimer's is personal. The Kennewick resident's father, William "Bill" B. Johnson, died of the disease on Feb. 28, 2014, at age 83. He had lived in Walla Walla and farmed in the Prescott area, Lehmann said. Lehmann will participate in honor of her father at the Oct. 16 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Pioneer Park, 940 E. Alder St.

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COLUMN: Walla Walla native Stan Barer, who has used his University of Washington law degree earned in 1963 to help make the world a better place, has received the 2021 Gates Volunteer Service Award. For more than 50 years, he’s also been making meaningful contributions the university, according to a story about him at washington.edu.

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COLUMN: What a journey. Just when 15 fatigued international students bound to Walla Walla got set for the final leg of their trip to Whitman College, they hit a wall after four delays and two gate changes. Their final flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was canceled at midnight on Aug. 14.