Etcetera - 11/09/12


Our kitchen countertop knife block holds several long and two shorter blades for making quick work of food-prep chores.

All fine, until one of the two smaller ones went AWOL, causing minor dismay.

Standing in for the Cutlery Patrol, I put out the usual All-Points Bulletin: "Does anyone know what happened to the paring knife that fits in this empty slot?"

No one piped up, not even Schuyler the cat or dogs Emma the Gordon setter and Scarlett the Welsh corgi -- the latter pair of whom, in the height of morning snack prep, routinely benefit from a slice of cucumber, orange, apple or carrot, cut with said knife.

Weeks went by and I despaired. Where would I find a matching replacement?

Then husband Dan went outside and worked the compost pile, tossing its ingredients like so much salad.

Lo and behold, there the errant blade sat. A thorough sterilizing in the dishwasher and it's back to complete the set and yield to active duty on demand.

Dan supposes the knife made its great escape along with a pile of corn husks that were swept off the counter and into the compost. Well, no matter, it's home. Yay!

DeSales High School's Ryan Baumgart is one of two Washington state finalists for a Heisman award.

The Wendy's High School Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is named after former college football player and coach John Heisman and sponsored by Wendy's Restaurants.

Ryan will receive a silver medal and a Heisman Patch and will represent the state in the final round of judging. A dozen national finalists from a field of 102 state winners will be selected by a judging panel.

National finalists will include a senior male and senior female from six geographic regions. Ryan will compete with seniors from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, said Nancy Metro, Walla Walla Catholic Schools director of admissions and community relations. "The best of Irish luck to you, Ryan, and hats off for all your hard work in the classroom and on the golf course," Nancy said.

The national finalists will be announced this month.

AMVETS Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111 honored Mark and Kathy Small during a recent post meeting.

They cited Mark and his family for their participation in the Honour Project, which began in September. Using his canary yellow 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane, Mark gave 60 veterans flights around the Valley.

"Veterans up to 98 years of age enjoyed the half-hour flights and every flight ended with a very large smile from each one," the post's newsletter reported.

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


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