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Articles from the November 9, 2023 edition


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  • Cardinals win after dramatic forfeit

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    The football season ended before halftime on Friday, November 3, in Waitsburg against St. John-Endicott (SJE). WAITSBURG - After stopping the SJE Eagles on the opening kickoff, running back Brenton Segraves got the Cardinals on the scoreboard early with a sweep around the outside. The defense continued to stop the Eagles on each of their possessions, including a defensive touchdown by JJ Gleason. Behind big plays by quarterback Isa Reyes, running backs Cyson Morris and Koyen Fortune, and big...

  • Waitlist open for new childcare center in Dayton

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    DAYTON —YWCA Walla Walla will open the waitlist on for its new childcare center, RoseMary’s Place, coming to Dayton in Columbia County. The waitlist for the YWCA-operated childcare facility will open promptly at 7 a.m. on November 15, 2023, at ywcaww.org/rosemarys/. Families in Dayton, Waitsburg, and neighboring areas needing childcare services this spring are encouraged to make note of this date and add their names to the list. The center is set to officially open its doors on April 1, 2024, and the first names on the time-and-date stamped lis... Full story

  • Sherwood Trust awards $102,000 to local organizations

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    WALLA WALLA — Sherwood Trust is awarding $102,000 in Impact Grants to eight organizations serving local communities, said CEO Brian Hunt. Impact Awards support youth, community outreach, and recovery programs. The competitive grants are available to organizations that have not recently received Sherwood Trust funding. “To support equity in our grantmaking, we want to make sure we are learning from organizations that have not applied or received Sherwood Trust funding,” said Hunt. “This year’s Impact grants were an opportunity to focus on...

  • Dayton School board reorganized administration

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. on November 1, 2023. School Board Chair Jeffrey McCowen, members Zac Fabian, Aneesha Dieu, Grant Griffin, and Interim Superintendent Rich Stewart were present. After approving the consent agenda, the Board interviewed Ryan Paulson for the vacant School Board position. Paulson was the only applicant and answered several questions from the board members. The Board approved Paulson’s appointment after an executive session. He will be sworn into office at the next meeting...

  • CWWFD # 2 honored with Gesa Credit Union's Local Heroes Grant

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    Waitsburg — Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District # 2 received a Local Heroes Grant of $10,000 from the Gesa Community Foundation. The CWWFD #2 purchase new radios for the department with the funds. The radios will be used to outfit new volunteers and replace existing aging radios. “Gesa is honored to support the Local Heroes in our community whose selfless dedication and unwavering commitment betters the lives of those across Washington,” said Don Miller, President and CEO of Gesa Credit Union. “We are inspired by the remarkable efforts...

  • $50,000 raised for new Waitsburg pool; project kickoff event is Nov. 16

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    WAITSBURG – This year’s efforts by Waitsburg Friends of the Pool and the Parks and Recreation District to replace the city pool are ending on a high note. With over $50,000 raised, the project’s feasibility study can begin. Results from the September Waitsburg Parks and Rec community survey showed a new pool was the top priority for 60% of respondents. “Energized by the survey results, Waitsburg Parks and Recreation District had a goal to get the pool project off the ground by the end of the year, and we are ecstatic we can take this step fo...

  • Times Travelers

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    American 35 owners Tom and Judy Bennett, relaxed and happy on their trip through Portugal. We look forward to some inspired cocktails and featured pizzas on their return....

  • Waitsbrg siren will be tested for flood preparedness

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    WAITSBURG — The City of Waitsburg will test the flood siren on November 11 at 10 a.m. The siren is located on the Weller Public Library roof and sounds at noon on weekdays. For the test, the siren pattern will be continuously sounded for a long time to be determined by the operator. City Council and Community Health & Protection Committee member Jillian Henze said residents should use the flood siren or other alerts to ensure family members and animals are safe. If conditions warrant, people in the affected areas should head to higher ground o... Full story

  • Haunting in Waitsburg SCHOOLS

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    WAITSBURG - It was a scary time in the Preston Hall gym on Monday, October 30 for those who dared to walk through the haunted house. With the leadership of Waitsburg staff member, Dusty Wirtzberger, the gym was transformed into five rooms featuring scary clowns, a chainsaw madman, ghosts, goblins, and creatures with glowing green eyes. Numerous adults and students hung black plastic from the balcony to create a maze for attendees to venture through. The decorations were scary, and there was a...

  • Around the Valley: With Karen Huwe

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    In March, my sisters and I took a basket weaving class at The Refinery in Walla Walla. At that time, I saw people using the pottery wheel, and in my Around the Valley article about our basket-weaving class, I said, "I can see the clay flying as I speak." On Saturday, October 28, we decided to give the pottery wheel a spin. Our instructor, Jess, met the sisters in the studio for a two-hour session. We signed up in September to reserve our spots, as only six pottery wheels exist. We took seats by...

  • Gains and Losses

    Vicki Sternfeld-Rossi, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    We changed the clocks last night or officially at 2:00 a.m. Does anyone set their alarm at 2 to change their clocks and watches? I know I don’t. Thank goodness most things are automatic these days. I remember days gone by when it took at least an hour to change all the clocks, the VCR (remember those?), the answering machine, and my watch. This is the time of year we gain the hour we lost in Spring. But are we gaining an hour? It will still get darker earlier; the days will feel shorter, m...

  • Soos Creek 2021 King Cab Cabernet Sauvignon

    Paul Gregutt, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    Soos Creek's Dave Larsen sources Cabernet from some of Washington's A+ vineyards, and his sturdy, dense wines are built to age. But with this King Cab, he's given a special gift to less patient wine lovers. It's a single vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet at a supermarket price. The blend includes 15% Merlot, which helps to soften the tannins. There's an interesting sweetness here – not from fruit or sugar, but more like the sweetness of fine tobacco. This is a classic Washington Cabernet w...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    Ten Years Ago November 7, 2013 On November 8, 1899, a 30-foot high arch draped in patriotic colors stood in the center of Waitsburg's Main Street. A bell – brought from the Philippines – hung from the center of the arch and was rung continuously by a boy dressed as Uncle Sam and a girl dressed as Columbia. A crowd welcomed home the soldiers of Waitsburg's Company K as they passed ceremonially beneath the arch before taking part in a town-wide celebration that included a banquet, fireworks, and a...

  • Chicken Vesuvio

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    As with many famous Italian American recipes, the origins of Chicken Vesuvio are slightly shrouded in mystery. Named after Italy's infamous Mount Vesuvius, the dish shares many qualities to chicken preparations made around the Campania region for hundreds of years. Another possibility is that the recipe gets its name from Vesuvio, a famous restaurant in 1930s Chicago. Either way, it's clear to see why this homey dish of crispy roasted chicken and potatoes in a lemon laced white wine sauce has...

  • Friendly Forest

    Jimmye L. Turner, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

  • 1938 Waitsburg School Photo

    Submitted Photo, The Times|Nov 9, 2023

    Times reader J.L. DrouhardIn shared this Waitsburg School photo from November 1938. HIs mother-in-law, Roselle Collins, is the girl seated second from the left, bottom row. Found in her keepsakes, he thought readers could enjoy it now, as opposed to waiting 15 years to include it in the "100 Years Ago" in Pioneer Portraits.... Full story

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