ETCETERA - Gardena Class of 1946 8th-grade alumni convene

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Four out of five students from Gardena Grade School's eighth-grade graduating Class of 1946 gathered for their 66th-year reunion at Frank Brock's Pasco home.

They remember with fondness Ruth Evans, their teacher in their eighth-grade year. Gardena was in School District 74 in Walla Walla County, approximately 11/2 miles south of Touchet. It later consolidated with Touchet School District 300.

All four boys made the reunion: Kenny Hayes of Davenport, Wash., and son Richard Hayes; Ernest "Buck" and wife Glenna Baker of Elgin, Ore.; Bill and wife Betty Lythgoe of Walla Walla; Frank and wife Carol Brock; and special guest Perry Anderson of Walla Walla.

They missed their only girl classmate, Joann Furnish Schafer of Enumclaw, Wash., who couldn't attend.

Betty said it was an afternoon of barbecue, pictures, childhood stories and updates.

Ranging in age from 80 to 83 the classmates talked about meeting for nearly five years before making it happen. And they hope to be good for another reunion.

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Former Waitsburg resident Dr. Matt Lyons attended a five-year University of Washington orthopedic residency program graduation dinner and ceremony June 22 at Columbia Point Towers in Seattle.

He and seven others were honored for completing the program, according to his parents, Rusty and Leslie Lyons of Waitsburg. They attended the dinner with Matt's sister, Kelly Lyons of Seattle.

Matt was chief resident of the UW orthopedic residency program prior to graduation in June. He completed his UW Medical school degree in June 2007.

The 1998 DeSales Catholic High School alum also earned his undergraduate degree with a focus on biology from the UW, Leslie said.

Matt completed five years of surgical residency training in orthopedics and accepted two fellowships at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. The first-year fellowship is in sports medicine; the second year will be in hand and arm surgery.

His goal is to return to the West Coast once he's completed this training, Leslie said.

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Two Walla Walla women who heard about Walla Walla's 150th anniversary of being incorporated as a city got in gear to participate.

Since some of the sesquicentennial celebration was observed during the Fourth of July in the Park celebration, Colleen Bayer made dresses from scratch that reflect the period of 1862 for herself and her 83-year-old mother, Pat Ross.

"They looked so cute, better in person than in the picture," said Rosey Swanson, who's daughter-in-law J. Hope Swanson is Colleen's daughter and Pat's granddaughter.

"It was so much fun taking them to the park, they had so much fun," Rosey said.

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Local Cub Scouts participating in a Jungle Safari Adventures day camp June 20-22 helped make their environment nicer with a service project.

The 86 members of the Pioneer District, Blue Mountain Council planted trees in Rooks Park, provided through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; cleaned up the grounds and pulled weeds. Jeremy Nguyen and Chris Atford with the Corps of Engineers Mill Creek Project office helped facilitate use of the park, said Pack 311 Cubmaster Bill Erickson in a release.

Leaders helped the youngsters with activities such as outdoor cooking, water games, leather craft, wood working, wood boat races, orienteering, obstacle course, environmental awareness and a physical disadvantage challenge course, Bill said.

Dozens of leaders and staff from across the community helped facilitate the camp.

"We couldn't have done it without the support of parents and community staff members who volunteered their time to be here to help make the camp a success," said Judy Rooks, camp director. She is also cubmaster of Pack 333.

A camp highlight was daily sessions at the BB gun and archery ranges managed by Al Sutlick, cubmaster of Pack 309. He received assistance from Jimmie Brown, Jeff Hawkins and members of Boy Scout troops 305 and 333.

During lunch, educational presentations were made by Walla Walla Humane Society and Walla Walla Animal Control; Allegro Cyclery on bicycle safety; and wildlife conservation by Blue Mountain Chapter Pheasants Forever.

"The park is one of the prettiest areas we have used for day camp. The site, location and the facilities of the park helped make our program fun," said Kristen Hansell, camp program director and cubmaster of Pack 377.

"The highlight for me during the camp was that a Cub Scout came to me at the end of one day and said ‘thank you,'" Judy said when camp was over. "This has been a great camp!'"

Participating Packs included Pack 303, sponsored by Walla Walla First Ward of the LDS Church; Pack 306, St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Pack 309, Knights of Columbus; Pack 311, College Place Presbyterian Church; Pack 313, Dayton LDS Church; Pack 315, Milton-Freewater LDS Church; Pack 333, Walla Walla Second Ward LDS Church; Pack 343, Walla Walla Third Ward LDS Church; and Pack 377, Weston-McEwen Lions Club.

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