COLUMN: More than 81,000 people attended this year's 2021 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds to see classic rock band Chicago, the PRCA Rodeo and the sold out Demolition Derby.
COLUMN: The Walla Walla Pétanque Club raised $1,688 for the Wounded Warrior Project during its Wine Country Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Tertulia Cellars in Walla Walla.
COLUMN: Kudos have rolled in for the Walla Walla YMCA, just recognized as a winner in the American Red Cross Pump It Up Challenge, said Y CEO Karen Hedine.
COLUMN: Wenatchee native Ashley Wright returned to northeastern Washington to take up the post of officer in charge of the Spokane Medical Recruiting Station on June 1. The U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer will visit Walla Walla to recruit those interested in a career as an Army or Army Reserve healthcare professional. She plans to be at Whitman College and Walla Walla University in late October.
COLUMN: A century-old topper originally installed at McLoughlin High School when it was built in 1921 is now a standout feature atop a new pergola designed by Jim Stanton for the garden at Frazier Farmstead Museum in Milton-Freewater.
COLUMN: Special. Beautiful. Soul sisters. Memories to treasure. Parting thoughts shared from the sisterhood of eight Cottey College alumnae who reunited for their 40th class reunion Aug. 19-23 at Cheryl Hansen's place in Waitsburg.
COLUMN: Lucky Joe and Deanna Drazan. The couple and their neighbors get to preview the Walla Walla High School band every year about this time when the musicians march by practicing for the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days parade.
COLUMN: Just getting the basics together to fill new backpacks for children returning to school in the fall can run into some serious cash — $70 or more per backpack — take it from this grammy, who's pitched in to send her kids and grands off to school for decades.
COLUMN: This spring, Walla Walla Public Library Technician Yvette Selfa looked for ways to draw students and young people into the library and get them connected with books and other resources. The youth services-focused staff member spied the perfect idea on a library-themed Facebook group and the city library's first student-artist bookmark coloring contest was born.
COLUMN: Planners for the Sept. 25 American Cancer Society Picnic in the Park want to honor cancer survivors at a survivors dinner at 5 p.m. in Pioneer Park, 940 E. Alder St.
COLUMN: The worse the writing the better, it seems. A competition chooses winners for the most intentionally atrocious opening lines, and our own Janie Doohan of Walla Walla won the "purple prose" category in the 39th annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.
COLUMN: No matter how you mash, bake, boil or fry it, the Big Idaho Potato Truck was a hit at the 2021 Athena Caledonian Games.
COLUMN: The Elk's Most Valuable Student scholarship is available to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. The judging criteria is based on academics, leadership, service and financial need.
COLUMN: Walla Walla Pétanque Club members have organized and will host the Wine Country Memorial Tournament here on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Tertulia Winery, 1564 Whiteley Road.
COLUMN: Nadine Stecklein is now the president of the College Place Lions Club. has the gavel in hand as newly elected president of College Place Lions Club.
COLUMN: Sydney Dibble of Milton-Freewater earned high academic excellence honors for the spring 2021 semester at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, according to a release.
COLUMN: The Walla Walla City Parks & Rec-sponsored Symbol Quest received 129 registrations for its inaugural self-guided event. “It was great seeing people walking around (Mountain View) Cemetery with their Quest cards searching out symbols,” said cemetery caretaker Joanna Lanning.
COLUMN: A new bench has been placed in downtown Walla Walla to honor the memory of clinical social worker Rita J. Bush, who died in 2017.
COLUMN: As the Walla Walla area's first Hispanic DJ who pioneered the Tejano sound in the 1960s, Jose Hernandez Monroy was honored for outstanding vision, dedication, commitment and growth of musical culture.
COLUMN: The Walla Walla-Tamba-Sasayama Sister City Committee is preparing for its 50th anniversary in 2022 with several projects, including a Memory Book, said group member Dustin Palmer. Member Robert Keatts is leading the effort to assemble memories and photos from participants over the decades.
COLUMN: Three Weston-McEwen High School Class of 2021 graduates received scholarships of $2,000 from the Earl & Jane Ferguson Scholarship Fund.
COLUMN: Five Walla Walla High School spring 2021 graduates received $1,000 grants from the Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship Fund.
COLUMN: The Walla Walla High School Class of 1976 will gather for its 45th reunion on July 23-24.
COLUMN: Members of Exchange Club of Walla Walla elected Dana Evans president recently when they installed the club’s 2021-22 officers and directors in a ceremony at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.
COLUMN: Muhlenberg College's 173rd commencement celebrated the Class of 2021 in socially distanced ceremonies in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.
COLUMN: Walla Walla native Deanne Bergh graduated in May with a master of social work in nursing/family nurse practitioner from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
COLUMN: One day recently, a haunting image on social media came into view of a helpless hummingbird cradled in a person's hands, unable to close its beak. It cannot retract its extended tongue because of fungal spores growing there or in its gullet. The bird will die.
A Wildhorse Foundation grant enabled the purchase of a new MacBook Pro laptop computer for Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.
COLUMN: American Red Cross is in urgent need of volunteer mental health counselors to lead Service to the Armed Forces Resiliency Workshops.