Seattle native Annie Charnley Eveland is a copy editor and writer. She settled in Walla Walla in 1977 and joined the U-B news staff in 1979. Over time she wrote obituaries, news briefs, court news and feature stories. In 1990 she began writing the community column Etcetera, which started out as a weekly feature and has been daily for many years. Her passion is sharing news about people with the community. She's an avid reader and writes an occasional book column. She was promoted to copy editor in 2007. Another passion is being part of the editing team and doing page layout and design for the daily paper and Marquee, the weekly arts and entertainment magazine.
Wayne M. Bushnell Jr. initiated an opportunity for local high school through adult writers to have submitted works included in an anthology dubbed “Walla Wallans and Their Stories.”
Former Walla Wallan Susan Joseph Nielsen is the new executive director of College Success Foundation in Spokane.
Walla Walla High School junior Christian Moreno will serve on the Washington State Leaders in Education Ambassador Program in Olympia.
U.S. Medal of Honor recipients have been in the news recently, making me curious to know if the nation’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, has ever gone to a woman.
Walla Wallan Penny Piatt’s daughter, Vicki Smith Cooper, died at 22 on Feb. 19, 1997, because of heart problems caused by the chickenpox. In memory of her daughter, who attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Burbank, Penny wanted to gift a cemetery plot to a children’s program that grants wishes to seriously ill or dying children.
Childhood trauma expert Avis Smith discussed strategies with educators. The director of St. Luke’s Crittenton prevention and school-based services, came to town recently to talk about her work in this field. She spoke on how it impacts emotions and behavior, according to the school district online newsletter. Among her resiliency strategies are positive relationships with caring adults.
Automotive and RV dealerships and employees and customers at Yoke’s Fresh Market set a record in a monthlong food drive that will benefit Southeast Washington food banks, including Blue Mountain Action Council in Walla Walla.
Doris Baker made a virtual appearance in Walla Walla via Skype to offer training to local educators in administration and scoring for early Spanish literacy assessment here.
YMCA of Walla Walla, 340 S. Park St., will host Universal Children’s Day and Hot Cocoa from 4:30-6 p.m. on Nov. 20.
The annual Turkey Trot, an opportunity to burn some calories before the big feast on Nov. 27, will now be under the auspices of The Salvation Army in Walla Walla.