ETCETERA - Pizza gobbled up at Edison's popular Family Fun Night

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With nearly 500 attending Edison Elementary School's first Family Fun Night of the year the event appears to be a solid hit.

Participants dove into a pizza dinner and a slate of games. So many people came that the pizza disappeared too fast. But Big Cheese Pizza "came to the rescue and made up more in a hurry" so everyone could be fed, the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported on Jan. 14.

Josh Wolcott, Edison principal, said, "We appreciate the PTA for sponsoring this event and the other annual Family Fun Nights. It is an opportunity for many of our Edison families to connect with school in a fun and positive way."

Other Edison Family Fun Nights include Amazing Art Art Night on Jan. 25; Walla Walla Symphony Music Night on Feb. 8; and Dr. Seuss Night in celebration of Dr. Seuss' Birthday March 1, which is co-sponsored by Edison PTA, Whitman College and Edison's Title I Program.

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Three new members joined the Fort Walla Walla Museum/Walla Walla Valley Historical Society Board of Directors during its quarterly meeting.

Elected unanimously are area natives David Carey and Roger Cockerline and longtime Walla Walla resident Ernie Campbell.

Dave graduated from Walla Walla High School, is a licensed pilot and aircraft mechanic, and a U. S. Army Korean War veteran. A farmer for more than 60 years in Walla Walla County, he has been involved in FFA and ag-related issues. He served 14 years on the Walla Walla School Board, and 19 years on the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners. He served on a number of state boards and locally was active in groups from the Walla Walla Community College Foundation Board to PTA, Walla Walla Kennel Club, Camp Fire, his church parish and Valley Transit.

He and wife of 56 years, Maralyn, have three daughters Julie, Nancy and the late Jackie, and eight grandchildren.

He received many honors for his work and is particularly proud of making Highway 12 into four lanes; enhancement to the entrance of the Mill Creek Area; Myra Road Bypass; and the Right to Farm Ordinance.

Roger was born and raised on his family's Walla Walla farm. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history and retired in 1997 from teaching social studies for 30 years in the Walla Walla School District. Wife Cheryl also retired after 30 years as an English teacher and counselor in Walla Walla schools. Their two daughters live in the Boise area. In 1982, Roger planted a small vineyard and sold the grapes commercially, as well as making wine for personal use. He and Cheryl founded Bunchgrass Winery in 1997, from which they retired in 2007. During that time, he served as a founding board member of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. Currently Roger enjoys spending time on a never-ending list of farm projects while accompanied by beloved dog T-Rex.

A museum docent of many years, Ernie was an Episcopal priest for 57 years in Illinois, Minnesota and Washington. He and wife of 54 years Margaret, have lived in the area for 40 years and have four children and eight grandchildren.

He graduated from theological seminary and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. During his Washington years, he held every office in the Diocese of Spokane except bishop He maintained a professional interest in residential and wilderness camping and was a program director, counselor, director and chairman of a camp board, and led many wilderness canoe trips with secondary students. When he worked at the Teton Valley Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Ernie led pack trips into the wilderness with 40 horses and 31 mules.

He was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walla Walla and served in various posts with the Ministerial Fellowship, Chaplain's committee at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla's Alternative School Program Board, was Walla Walla Rotary president and United Way campaign chairman. He is active in Friends of Walla Walla and meets with his young friend weekly. Ernie also served on the board of The American Automobile Association and the Governor's Task Force on the Use of Water. His efforts are aimed at making Walla Walla an even better place in which to live.

Fort Walla Walla Museum is currently engaged in a decade-long Services and Facilities Enhancement Project, with the initial component being the new Entry Hall & Exhibit Galleries, according to a release from Paul Franzmann, communications manager.

Executive Director James Payne said, "We look forward to working with these outstanding community-minded individuals and hope to tap their expertise as we continue to share the amazing heritage of the Walla Walla region to our visitors from across the country and around the world."

Located at 755 Myra Road, Fort Walla Walla Museum is currently closed, but will reopen on April 1. Membership includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits, beginning at $25. For additional details, contact 509-525-7703, info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or see fortwallawallamuseum.org online.

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More students will benefit from a free book program because of a local service group.

Edison Elementary School received $1,000 to support its Reading is Fundamental program from the Walla Walla branch of American Association of University Women

Each student from kindergarten through second grade receives a free book three times per year from the RIF program. Because of the AAUW grant, kindergarten through fifth-grade students will be able to have a free book during the last two book giveaways of the year, the Jan. 14 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online reported.

A source from Edison said, "At the beginning of the year, we sought out ways to expand this program to include all students K-5. AAUW has made this possible through their generous contribution. Many of our students have limited resources in their families. One resource that is lacking in many of our homes is access to books. This expanded program will provide additional books and literature to be in the homes of all students. The impact that this AAUW contribution has is evident when the students make their selections and with excitement start reading their new books."

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Staff with AmeriCorps and other volunteers spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day cleaning up Mari and Efrain Meza's Milton-Freewater home. The couple's 6-year-old daughter Malani Meza died as the result of the fire, which also destroyed the family home, according to the Jan. 14 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.
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