Etcetera - 5/7/13


The third annual Mom Prom reigned supreme on April 20, holding court at the Foundry Vineyards, said organizer Beth Swanson, president of The Moms’ Network.

The 2013 Mom Prom court consisted of Queen Vicki Zane and Princesses Deirdre Bealey and Amber Mahoney. Contestants were judged by their enthusiasm for the event and their unique gowns, Beth said.

Attendees danced the night away to local band Shanks Pony.

Up Balloon Boutique gave the tasting room a decidedly Dale Chihuly glassworks appearance, with candy-colored balloon chandeliers suspended from the ceiling. The room was lit with glassybaby’s hand-blown glass votives.

“Everyone had fun dressed in a variety of gowns,” Beth said.

Participants tend to be mostly women, Beth said, but the men who attended were good sports.

The royalty won jewelry by Feryl Designs. glassy-baby made a special appearance this year to announce a new trio of votives connected in honor of the Moms’ Network. Proceeds from the sale of the three hand-blown glass votives are donated to the Moms’ Network.

The Moms’ Network benefits from funds raised by the Mom Prom, this year realizing nearly $1,000 that will be used to continue providing parenting information to local families.

For more details about The Moms’ Network contact Beth at or 509-301-7471.

There’s a whole lotta sewing going on at Walla Walla Sew & Vac & Spas, 102 E. Main St. It’s fun for the volunteers and a boon to young folks in need of warm covers in which to snuggle.

A $1,500 Pacific Power Foundation grant to the non-profit Walla Walla Project Linus Chapter assists the volunteers by supporting the purchase of materials used to make quilts and blankets.

Volunteers with the nonprofit Project Linus craft comforting, kid-friendly quilts and blankets for local traumatized youths at the request of organizations such as Helpline, the YWCA of Walla Walla Women’s Shelter, American Red Cross Blue Mountain Chapter, Department of Children and Families, Children’s Home Society and local schools, among others.

“These organizations know which children need the security that can be offered by possessing their own comfort blanket, and it’s a joy to provide them,” said Susan Butherus, with the local Project Linus.

The organization’s name is derived from “PeanutsSDRq comic strip character Linus Van Pelt, who toted his blanket everywhere. Permission for this came from creator Charles M. Schultz.

“Pacific Power Foundation is pleased to support Project Linus and its efforts to bring comfort and security to homeless, seriously ill and other children in need in Walla Walla,” said Pacific Power regional community manager Bill Clemens.

Established nationally in 1995, Project Linus has more than 400 chapters. The Walla Walla branch is made up of talented, dedicated and compassionate volunteers who make quilts and blankets to give to children up to 18 years old.

For the past several years, the Walla Walla group has created and given 300 to 550 quilts and blankets each year.

Project Linus quilting workshops are held once per month at Walla Walla Sew & Vac & Spas. For more details, contact Susan at 509-525-9454 or

U.S Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District Commander Lt. Col. Andrew D. Kelly talked about the role and history of the Corps with members of Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club during a recent weekly meeting, reported Rotarian John McKern. A West Point alum and 19-year Army veteran, Andrew served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Corps was originated to fortify Bunker Hill in 1775 during the Revolutionary War. Under President Thomas Jefferson, the Army established an engineering school at West Point, N.Y. Jefferson also sent Army officers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with the Corps of Discovery to find water access routes to the Pacific Ocean.

Given responsibility for U.S. harbors and waterways, the Corps of Engineers was instrumental in constructing the Panama Canal. Between 1938-1975, Corps engineers and crews built numerous dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Navigation and flood control are the Corps’ primary responsibilities, but power production is also important, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

The Walla Walla District umbrella includes the Snake River Basin and McNary Reservoir, seven dams in Washington and Idaho and administration of the Clean Water Act permitting program in Idaho.

Of the district’s 811 employees, two — the commander and deputy commander — are from the military.

About 350 civilians work in the District Office; most others are employed at the dams, and there are small offices in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls. Currently, half of the Walla Walla District’s funding, unaffected by sequestration, comes from the Bonneville Power Administration. Maintaining the dams and a 250-foot-wide, 14-foot-deep navigation channel to Lewiston are current priorities. Ten million tons of commodities are shipped down the rivers each year, and fuel and fertilizer are shipped upriver, Andrew told the group.

Corps of Engineers dams provide some of the most effective fish passages in the world, and the 2011 returns of salmon and steelhead fall within the top six years on record, he said. Their innovative fish facilities and Juvenile Fish Transportation Program, which moves millions of young salmon and steelhead safely downstream, have drawn attention from countries around the world.

The Corps has a presence in many nations globally, providing support to the military and to aid reconstruction efforts in war-torn countries. Volunteers from the Walla Walla District have provided support in Iraq and Afghanistan and have helped with disasters caused by domestic hurricanes and storms. Andrew said Gov. Christy of New Jersey was especially pleased with the assistance the Corps provided there.

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Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays for breakfast and community interest programs at St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St. For more information contact President Hank Worden at or 525-0838, or online see

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at or 526-8313.


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