Mac-Hi tailgate party in Milton-Freewater

McLoughlin High School football cheerleaders and sophomores Jamie Bezerril, left, and Monica Martinez enjoy freezes in Friday’s heat at the community’s first tailgate party of season. It’s also the first such party sponsored by the Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance.

Sheila Hagar has written for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 1998. Sheila covers education in the Walla Walla Valley. She also writes a column, Home Place, usually highlighting family life and slices of local life.