Flames of friendship fan into a full-fledged union


It was rainy, windy and cold the day former Walla Wallan Brian Pribilsky and sweetheart Lisbeth Guthe exchanged vows in Ski, Norway, but it didn’t dampen their spirits. said his mother Karen Pribilsky of Walla Walla.

Karen and husband Wilber attended the intimate wedding with Lisbeth’s immediate family, Wilber added.

During the couple’s weeklon g stay, Brian showed his parents around Oslo, the capital city that was home to the 1952 Winter Olympics and holds the awesome Vigelandsparken sculpture park, Wilber said.

Brian and Lisbeth go way back, Karen said. Brian, a 1980 Walla Walla High School graduate, met Lisbeth when she was staying with Linnea and Robert Keatts on a student exchange here.

The Keattses took their guests to the Waitsburg Salmon Feed where Brian also happened to be. He looked at Lisbeth and in an instant took to her, Karen said.

The young couple had a nice three months before she returned to Norway and that was the end of it.

That is until a couple of years ago when Lisbeth addressed a letter to “Karen Pribilsky, Walla Walla, Wash.” Lisbeth wanted to reconnect, so Karen forwarded her letter to Brian, then doing construction and concrete work in Florida.

He originally headed to the Sunshine State for deep-sea diving, but that had dried up, so to speak.

The friends corresponded by email, visited a few times and rekindled their romance, Karen said.

While living in Walla Walla, Brian had worked in food service sales for his parents’ Bur-Bee Co.

It’s an occupation to which he’d like to return, once his working credentials are in order, Karen said.

Lisbeth is a physical therapist and counselor. They live in Ski (Karen said it sounds like “She”) about 20 miles south of Oslo.

St. Olaf College student-performed music for the holidays was enhanced by a Walla Wallan in its midst.

An English major at the college in Northfield, Minn., Andrew Hoffman performs with the Viking Chorus. He participated in the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival.

The festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, according to a release from the college.

Andrew’s parents are Kurt and Barbara Hoffman.

Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

The festival is regularly broadcast nationwide on public television and radio and has been featured in hundreds of publications, including TV Guide, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

The liberal arts college offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Area resident Patti Frison worked 12-hour shifts over five days as part of a special disaster unit created by ResCare, a private provider of services to people with disabilities, seniors and people looking for jobs.

ResCare contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond with employees who can assist people with disabilities or the elderly at FEMA-designated shelters, according to a release.

As a ResCare employee, Patti volunteered to be part of its on-call team. Its members must be ready to roll within 24-hours’ notice. All members receive special training, but the biggest skill is being compassionate caregivers in very difficult situations.

Immediately after Sandy, ResCare sent more than 150 “ROC Star” employees to New York to provide aid to individuals with disabilities and seniors forced from nursing care or their own homes and into shelters. ROC Stars are recruited from ResCare operations across the country.

ROC also provides assistance to ResCare operations during emergencies, transitions or natural disasters.

Due to the level of devastation and the exceptional work of ROC Stars, FEMA requested more volunteers than the numbers in the national contract between ResCare and FEMA.

“ResCare is extremely proud of the employees who participate in our ROC program,” said Marilin Myers, executive director.

“ResCare’s ROC Stars pack their bags with little notice, travel long distances, sleep on cots and don’t always know when they will get their next meal. They do this to provide supports and services to people with special needs who are displaced from their homes in a disaster. They represent the heart of our company with the compassion and care they offer to those who are experiencing great loss.”

The 35-year-old ResCare offers residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides education, vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels. Louisville, Ky.-based ResCare’s more than 45,000 dedicated employees serve daily nearly 60,000 people in 43 states, Washington, D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico. Online see more information at www.ResCare.com.

Several concerns came up about continued viability at Walla Walla Gun Club’s annual meeting Dec. 9.

Secretary-Treasurer Robert “Bob” Bloch said activities in 2012 were hopeful, upbeat and gratifying.

“However, storm clouds approach as the rent and expenses continue to go up, while the number of shooters isn’t keeping pace.”

One place that could use some assistance is through volunteers willing to help staff the Camas Prairie Handicap.

To get an idea where club funds were expended in 2012, it spent more than $16,000 on hired help for its two big shoots. The Club needs those funds, though, “so we need Club members to volunteer to help during the Camas shoot coming in March,” Bob said.

The club is looking into leasing a place in downtown Walla Walla for as an indoor pistol, small-bore rifle, air rifle, archery range.

As these and other topics are under discussion, club members are encouraged to attend general meetings the second Tuesday of the Monday, beginning in January.

They’re looking at two options for a new range. There’s a city of Walla Walla parcel between the Sudbury Road Landfill and Washington State Penetentiary, and a site at the East End Rod & Gun Club. After discussing benefits and problems with moving to Oregon, members said they prefer the city site. But “if it is not available soon, we’ll have to either move to M-F or go under because of the increasing costs of staying at present locations,” Bob said.

In raffle ticket sales for the four-rifle battery, they collected $5,100 out of a possible $10,000. And about 40 percent of the tickets were sold for the iPod raffle, bringing in $736 out of a possible $2,000.

Club member Jacob LaRoque won the iPod and Jed Hedine of Walla Walla won the rifles.

Half the proceeds stay with WWGC for its new range and the other half will eventually go back to the Walla Walla High School Rifle Team in perpetuity.

For more details, contact Bob at 541-969-7913.

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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