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Table of Contents Feature Articles

12 It's Not Your Parent's Library Stories and Photos by Ken Graham

Library users and managers tell their stories of using all of the new services offered by public libraries in Dayton, Waitsburg and Prescott. Students do homework on library computers and research colleges on the library web site. Older folks check out audio books so they can listen to literature. And in Waitsburg, longtime librarian Jan Cronkhite retires after 32 years.

News Consultant’s Report Helps 5 CCHS with Organization and Communication

The Arts The Music Man" returns to 6-7 The Liberty Theater for the 10th Annual Fall Musical

More 4 Editor's Note 8-11 News Briefs 17 Calendar of Events 18 Real Estate More Thing . . . : 23 One Just One More Cup

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Editor's Note Everyone has an opinion . . . Including me


ith election season almost behind us, I want to thank everyone who sent us letters in support of their favorite candidates. We received a lot of letters in time for our September issue, and we included them all. And since that issue went to press, we’ve gotten a whole bunch more.

Shouldn’t a newspaper just report news, objectively, they ask, without opinion? (And, as you might guess, these comments generally come from people who disagree with us. Those who agree with us usually think our editorials are a great idea.)

For those readers who don’t read a lot of other newspapers, Because the issue you’re reading is coming out long let me assure you that almost all of them have opinion after ballots were mailed, and only three days before they pages. They not only publish letters from readers, and will be counted, we’ve chosen not to opinion columns from contributors. publish any politics-related letters this They also print their own editorials, time (and that’s the only kind we received expressing the “editorial opinion” of this month). However, we will attempt the paper. to load the unpublished letters onto our When we write editorials, we always web site this week. Most of the letters try to be respectful of those who hold we received have been printed in other an opinion different than ours. And publications, but if you want to see we very much encourage those who what we got, check our website (www. disagree with us to write, expressing and see if we were their opinions. able to get them up there. Blue Mountain News I know that writing is hard (believe welcomes letters to the editor Speaking of opinions, every fall there’s me, I do). And having other people on subjects of interest to our some kind of election around here, and it read what you write can be a bit nerveoverall readership. seems like we here at the Blue Mountain wracking (I know about that, too). News usually get the urge to let the world Letters should be 400 But it can be very rewarding. know how we feel about candidates or words or less and should If you’re respectful of those you be submitted by the 20th issues. And when we do that, we always of the month. We reserve disagree with and make a reasonably seem to hear from a few readers who don’t the right to edit or decline intelligent argument, most people who understand why we’re expressing opinions. letters. read what you write will respect you for your well thought-out-opinion, Please send to: even if they don’t share it. At least or 242 E. Main St., that will be the case with us. So go Dayton, WA 99328 ahead and write.

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News Consultant’s Report Helps CCHS with Organization and Communication By Ken Graham


n late August, the Board of Commissioners of the Columbia County Health System (CCHS) presented a report from Consultant Susan Newton summarizing the results of an organizational assessment she recently completed. The study was commissioned by the board in early summer after concerns were raised by staff and community members about terminations and other personnel issues at CCHS. The report included a number of recommendations to help CCHS improve its employee relations and communications, and to make the organization function more efficiently. CCHS currently has about 130 employees. CEO Charlie Button says that each of CCHS’s 20 or so department heads has received a copy of Newton’s report and is responsible for reviewing it with their department. According to Button, CCHS is already moving forward on one of Newton’s most important recommendations, which is to hire a professional Human Resources Director. “We advertised the position and received 35 applications,” says Button. As of mid-October, five applicants had been selected for further interviews. Button says he hopes that the new HR Director will be working by the end of the year. The new director will be responsible for employee relations and communications, and will work with all of the department heads on employee issues. CCHS’s current Human Resources Manager will report to the new Director and will be responsible for payroll and employee benefit related tasks. According to Button, the HR Director’s position requires a Human Resources degree and considerable experience in that field. “We have some great candidates, and I think this will be a big help to the organization,” says Button. Newton’s Walla Walla firm, Development Strategies Plus, specializes in Human Resources issues. She has agreed to continue to work with Button for a few more weeks as a coach and mentor, and to help implement some of the report’s recommendations.

Another recommendation in the report is a major update of CCHS’s organizational structure. “There are clearly some areas where we need improvement,” says Button, “and one is that I currently have 22 employees reporting directly to me. We’re reducing that significantly.” Button expects organizational changes to be complete by midNovember. As part of her assessment, Newton conducted 48 one-onone interviews. Interviewees included five commissioners, ten community stakeholders and 33 CCHS employees. She also conducted four focus groups, with six participants each, and she reviewed CCHS documents, including board bylaws and minutes, financial reports and termination statistics. In her interviews, Newton found that all participants agreed on the importance of keeping the hospital in Dayton. She also found that “community stakeholders (businesses) were highest in support of the CEO and what he has done for the community and the hospital.” Newton found a high level of misinformation and mistrust among some of the employees and community members she interviewed. According to the report, “many expressing opinions have no personal knowledge of the situation and admit having heard things from those that were terminated, have left, others in the community, or from staff.” Button says he is committed to improving his communication with management and staff at CCHS, and with community members. A new web site is being created to allow community members to get information about CCHS activities and provide a communication path. The address is “I encourage anyone in the community with concerns to come talk to me personally,” says Button. He can be reached at (509) 382-2531. q

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The Arts Right Here in River City! – "The Music Man" Returns


hen “The Music Man” was performed at the Liberty Theater in Dayton in the fall of 2001, the huge renovation project had just been completed, and the theater opened for the first time in decades. The Music Man was a huge success, and it began an annual series of successful fall musicals.

Director Elizabeth Jagelski says she wants this year’s musical to be a tribute to Steve Edwards, who directed the 2001 version, and has been a guiding force in TVAC Productions for many years. Steve had hoped to again direct this year’s production but was unable to, due to ongoing illness. “We really feel the hole with Steve not being here,” says Elizabeth.

TVAC Productions, a working group of the Touchet Valley Arts Council, which owns and operates the theater, is presenting its tenth fall musical production this year. And it’s a return to River City, Iowa, with a new production of "The Music Man".

Many of the cast members from the 2001 production are returning this year to reprise their roles. They include Shelly Franklin as Marion the Librarian, Mark Franklin as Charlie Cowell, Bill Graham as Mayor Shinn, Roz Edwards as Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, Judy McDonald as Mrs. Paroo, and the barbershop quartet as themselves. The lead role of Professor Harold Hill will be played this time by Mike Ferrians.

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Elizabeth says that many of the parts are being double cast this year to allow players to take breaks during the long performance schedule. Again this year, Mary Luce is in charge of costumes. Twelve performances of "The Music Man" will be held this fall, from November 12th through December 4th. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Liberty Theater or on line at A complete performance schedule and cast list can also be found on the website. q

The Music Man 12 Performances: November 12th – December 4th The Liberty Theater 344 E. Main Street, Dayton Tickets available at the theater, or on line at: For more information, call: (509) 382-1380

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Above: Many of the cast members in the original 2001 TVAC Productions presentation of "The Music Man" looked much younger than they do today.

The Arts The Man Behind "The Music Man" By Ken Graham

Steve Edwards has been the guiding force behind TVAC Productions and its annual fall musical productions for ten years. This year, illness has kept him away for the first time.


teve’s never had a problem being up in front of an audience,” says Roz Edwards of her husband. Indeed, Steve Edwards was president of the drama club for two years at Gooding High School in Gooding, Idaho. He acted in and directed a number of high school productions. Steve later spent several years as a full-time musician. “I was in a band that played the club circuit around Reno and Tahoe,” says Steve. The band was called “Good Company”. “That was before ‘Bad Company’ became famous, and we figured they kind of stole our name,” he says. After Steve left the music business in the early 1980s, he and Roz moved to Kettle Falls, Washington, where he worked as a nurse. They both soon became involved in drama productions there at the Woodland Theater. “We were in musical productions of ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Finian’s Rainbow’,” says Steve. “And I directed several shorter plays, mostly humorous ones.” In the late 1980s, Steve says he felt that God was calling him to become a minister. So in 1989 he and Roz moved to the Portland area, where he attended seminary at George Fox College. He worked full time as a social worker for the state of Oregon and completed his degree in 1993. Steve learned of the opening for pastor of the Dayton Congregational Church, and was hired later that year. Soon after arriving in Dayton, Steve and Roz got involved in a group that was working to begin restoration of the abandoned Liberty Theater. Once serious fundraising began, that group became the Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC). After raising more than $1 million, TVAC completed the renovation of the theater in late 2001. In the meantime, a group within TVAC got together to begin planning theatrical productions at the theater. That group was called TVAC Productions, and Steve became its president. “I had a script for ‘The Music Man’, and it was a play I always wanted to direct,” says Steve. “Roz and I began talking about how this should be the first production at the theater.” It was the fall of 2000. By early 2001, TVAC Productions moved forward with its plans to make “The Music Man” the first fall musical in the newly renovated Liberty Theater. “This was a huge project,” says Roz, “and Steve was really the only person who could lead it.”

Steve Edwards as Fagin in "Oliver" in 2006 (top), as Tevye, with Cory Stevens to his right, in "Fiddler on the Roof" in 2008 (middle) and as King Sextimus, with Nyssa Zanger, in "Once Upon a Mattress" in 2009. While he always wanted to play Tevye, Steve says Fagin turned out to be his favorite role. (Photos courtesy of the Liberty Theater.)

Because of his background in music and theater, Steve had an understanding of the lighting, audio/visual and other technical issues required to put on a major production like this that no one else in TVAC Productions – or anywhere in Dayton – had. “I was the one who picked out most of that original equipment for the theater,” Steve says. In the summer of 2001, work was still going on at the theater,

and much of the early play rehearsal took place at the Harvest Christian Center at the west end of Dayton. One evening, Dayton resident Mary Luce was helping at the church when she saw the costumes the actors were wearing. “I had just told people to wear period dress,” says Steve. “But Mary saw what they were wearing and said ‘no, no, that’s all wrong!’” Mary soon agreed to become the wardrobe manager, a job she has taken on for every fall musical at the Liberty since. Roz recalls that one of the early rehearsals that year was scheduled for Tuesday evening September 11th. “When we got there, everyone was very upset and many people were crying,” she says. “But the rehearsal went on.” A week before the first performance in mid-November, the newly reupholstered theater seats had still not arrived in Dayton. “We began thinking we’d have to ask the audience members to all bring lawn chairs,” recalls Roz. Steve says the group also considered holding the performances at the Harvest Christian Church, if necessary. As it was, the seats arrive with just enough time to spare for installation, and the show went on – to rave reviews. A tradition in Dayton had begun. The following year, TVAC Productions presented "Oklahoma!" as its fall musical, again with Steve directing. Steve also directed "Kiss Me Kate" in 2004 and "The Sound of Music" in 2005. Steve decided by this time that he wanted to do more acting, so in 2006 he played Fagin in “Oliver”, which was directed by Mike Ferrians. And he played lead roles the following three years: as The Beast in “Beauty and the Beast”, Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and King Sextimus in “Once upon a Mattress”. “I had always wanted play Tevye in Fiddler,” says Steve, “and I loved doing it. But looking back, I think my favorite role has been Fagin in ‘Oliver’.” Earlier this year, TVAC Productions decided, as its tenth fall musical, to again present “The Music Man”, with Steve once again directing. However, in the spring, Steve announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer, and would be unable to direct. So Elizabeth Jagelski agreed to take the job on. Steve’s illness has progressed to the point that he is unable to even attend rehearsals. “We all really miss him there,” says Roz, who is again playing the role of Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, as she did in 2001. “I come home each night and he asks me to report how it went.” This year’s production of “The Music Man” at the Liberty Theater will undoubtedly be another big success. And, like the others, it will provide much-needed support, financial and otherwise, to the theater and to the Dayton and Waitsburg area performing arts community. None of it would likely have happened without the talent and dedication of Steve Edwards. q

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News Special Movie to be Presented by Young Life By Tanya Patton


ayton Young Life leaders have organized two special screenings of the movie, “To Save a Life” on Thursday, November 4th at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. The junior high screening (grades 6-8) will be 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The same movie will be shown to high school students from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. Parents are invited to attend, especially those with junior high students.

the community.”

In early 2010, “To Save a Life” was released in theaters nationwide. This independent film about teens and the choices they make in their daily lives quickly struck a chord with teens and families. The film quickly received a #1 Fandango Fan rating and maintained it for over a month. Critics and youth workers raved, families were changed, and viewers consistently commented: "Every teen and parent needs to see this film."

At some point, every teen has to decide: "What's my life going to be about?" “To Save a Life” dares to bring that question into their world, encouraging them to answer it with boldness, honesty and compassion.

“We hope this movie will be the starting point for a student led change in the culture of our junior and senior high school.” says Young Life Area Director Diana Frame. “The issues this film deals with are pretty hard hitting but they are an everyday reality for many of today’s youth regardless of the size of

“To Save a Life” is the story of all-American teen Jake Taylor, who seems to have it all. But after a childhood friend's death, Jake's world turns upside down, and he is forced to make a decision that could change his life forever. “To Save a Life” is about making unexpected choices and sacrifices, while having the courage and determination to persevere against all odds.

“To Save a Life” has started a movement all across the country. In communities large and small, urban and rural, groups are working together to make an organized effort to reach local teens in crisis. In response to the topics brought up in the movie, youth will be invited to participate in discussion groups led by local church pastors or Young Life leaders immediately following the movie. “We want teens to have the opportunity to talk with each other with the guidance and support of caring adults who are committed to the youth of our community,”

says Frame. “Then we hope there will be interest in additional follow up so we can help and mentor kids in making positive change in their personal life and at school.” Young Life is an organization made up of caring adults in communities worldwide who are concerned enough about teens in grades 9-12 to meet them where they are, cultivate authentic friendships and share God’s love with them. Wyldlife, the junior high component of Young Life, reaches youth in grades 6 to 8. The local Young Life group was started by Terry and Jan Nealey 10 years ago. “We are all very intentional in our relationships with kids,” says Young Life leader Marne Henderson. “We accept teens right where they are and model God’s love for them. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of their lives. Showing this movie is another way to show we care about the tough issues kids face every day.” For more information about the movie event, contact Diana Frame at (509) 382-4553. More information about “To Save a Life” can be found at q

Dayton Wine Works Opens on Main St.


t started out years ago as a humble gas station, but today 507 E. Main is once again elevated to the status of retail winery. Dayton Wine Works opened for business on Thursday October 28th in the former Patit Creek Winery location. Owner Carl Cramer will be pouring at least six different private label wines created by Abacus Winery located in Pasco, Washington. Cramer worked in the wine industry as a distributor representing over 80 different wineries before starting his own winery. Abacus Winery specializes in private label

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wines. After creating wines and private labels for restaurants and other retail outlets, Cramer decided to start up his own retail wine endeavor. Dayton Wine Works has a spacious graveled patio area. Two large outdoor heaters stand at the ready to ward off the chilly fall weather. “I envision the patio area used for private parties or just casual gatherings of wine enthusiasts.” says Cramer. “I want Dayton Wine Works to be a fun friendly place to come and enjoy great wine with friends.” Dayton Wine Works is open Thursday through Sunday. q


Get "Lit Up" for the Christmas Parade


ast year’s inaugural Christmas Kickoff Lighted Parade was a big success, and it’s back this year, even bigger and better. The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, November 26th. A slightly revised route is planned and many more participants are expected. This year’s organizers are encouraging businesses and individuals to get their parade entries in early and then start building their floats. Christmas Kickoff chairperson Vicky Beckmeyer, of Croft’s Floral, says that early registrations will help the staging process go more smoothly. “Unlike other parades, we have to stage this one in the dark,” says Vicky. “If we can get most of the spots assigned ahead of time, it makes it much easier for the stagers.” Some of the floats expected back this year are Columbia County Fire District 3, Columbia County Rural Health District, Columbia REA, State Farm Insurance, Dingles and the Croft’s Characters. Organizers say that trailers, tractors, farm equipment, farm trucks and pickups, and anything else that can hold a generator and lights make great lighted floats.

Participants are also invited to light themselves up and take part in the parade on foot. (Battery operated lights are suggested.) Many students from Dayton and Waitsburg schools are expected to take part. Staging of the parade will start at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of North Fifth and Main Streets, near the Seneca Office Building. The parade route will take a right turn at South First Street, next to Dingles, and turn right again onto East Commercial, ending at South Second Street near the Dayton Historic Depot. The Christmas Kickoff fireworks will blast off immediately after the parade. Parade sign-up sheets are available at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce office at 166 E. Main St. and at Croft’s Floral and Gifts at 207 E. Main St. Call the Chamber at (509) 382-4825 for more information. q

Emergency vehicles from Columbia County Fire District 3 move down Main Street during the inaugural Christmas Kickoff Lighted Parade in 2009. Even more lighted vehicles are expected for this year's parade on Friday, November 26th.

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Christmas Kickoff Will be Better than Ever this Year


he Dayton Chamber of Commerce and the Christmas Kickoff Committee have announced several new features for this year’s event, along with all of the old favorites. Christmas Kickoff will be held on Dayton’s Main Street, Friday and Saturday, November 26th and 27th. • A live nativity scene is being created and will be located in the parking lot behind Dingles. • The Dayton Historic Depot will be open and decorated for Christmas. Works of local artists will be displayed upstairs throughout the weekend. • The Boldman House Museum will be open regular hours, with period Christmas decorations and

costumes. Special features will include a reading of The Night Before Christmas, caroling and free family recipes. • Live Christmas music can again be heard all day Friday in the lobby of the Weinhard Hotel. • Santa Claus will be on Main Street Friday and Saturday. • Croft’s Characters, including Frosty the Snowman, gingerbread people and polar bears will be wandering throughout Dayton all day Friday. • The Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday (see accompanying article).

• The annual fireworks display will go off immediately after completion of the parade. • Food Vendors will be set up Friday evening beginning at 4:00 p.m. • Retailers on Main Street will be open late Friday evening and all day Saturday with many Christmas specials. • And in one other important development, organizers have announced that extra Port-a-Potties will be set up downtown to assure that everyone can enjoy Christmas Kickoff in utmost comfort. q

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News Briefs How to Install a Sculpture: Start with a Saw

CCPT Given Two Safety Awards In September, the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool awarded Columbia County Public Transportation (CCPT) two awards for safe operation of its vehicles. The awards were presented to CCPT General Manager Stephanie Guettinger at a conference in Spokane on September 22nd. The Golden Coach award was presented because CCPT had the most significant reduction in claims over a 24 month period (2008 and 2009). CCPT had no claims in 2009. It is the first time any transportation agency in the state has met that goal since 2004. CCPT also received the Diamond award, which goes to any agency that files no claims in a calendar year.

Above: Sculptor Keith McMasters (in plaid shirt, with appropriate tools to his left) works with foundry employees to prepare the mounting point on the Dayton Depot boardwalk for his newly dedicated sculpture, "The Stationmaster". The gentleman's companion dog watches the process with great interest. Right: Once securely in place, The Stationmaster and his dog (almost hidden) keep a constant eye on the tracks next to the Depot.

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Al Hatton, Executive Director of the Transit Insurance Pool said: “This accomplishment is even more incredible given the growth from 150,000 miles in 2005 to approximately 425,000 miles in 2010.�

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News Briefs County Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month On October 4th, the Board of Commissioners of Columbia County declared October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the County. According to Nancy Butler, director of the Columbia County Community Network, this designation has been made by local governments throughout the country. A public presentation on domestic violence was given in Dayton on October 4th. “Our main speaker was Kathlyn Abramson, a local woman who is a former victim of domestic violence,” says Butler. “She talked about the abuse that she suffered at the hands of her then husband and how difficult it was to get away and break the cycle.” At the presentation, Stacy Martin and Ann Passmore

from YWCA talked about services available to victims and about making a plan to get away. According to Butler, nearly 50,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in Washington State in 2006 alone. Since 2004, the YWCA has served more than 100 domestic violence clients in Columbia County. She also reports that half of all tax dollars spent on mental health in Washington is spent on adults who were abused as children. Anyone wishing more information about domestic violence issues in Washington and Columbia and Walla Walla Counties can call Ann Passmore at the YWCA at (509) 382-9922. A national hotline is also available at 1-800-799-7233.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner Dayton resident Kathy Jacobson believes that no one should have to be alone or eat a frozen Swanson’s dinner for Thanksgiving. That’s why she’s planning to cook a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings for anyone in the community who wants to show up and enjoy a delicious meal and fellowship with others in the community. Redeemer Lutheran Church on South Third Street across from Dayton High School is providing their basement kitchen and fellowship room for the meal and is purchasing the turkeys. The meal will be served beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Plates to-go for shut-ins will be available. This is the second year that Kathy, a military veteran and volunteer at Project Timothy, has organized a community

Thanksgiving dinner. “We only had about 20 people last year because I didn’t get the word out very well,” says Kathy. “This year, I want to fill that basement with people and good food.” Kathy will gladly accept donations of food and volunteer help on Thanksgiving Day. “I don’t have a grand organized plan,” says Kathy. “I just want to offer a good meal and a place to go on Thanksgiving and whatever help I get in doing that will be super.” If you plan to come for dinner, Kathy would appreciate knowing ahead of time so she can be sure to make enough food for everyone. Call her at (509) 382-1452 to RSVP or to make arrangements to donate food or volunteer your time.

Community Council Announces Gang Study The third study by the Walla Walla area’s Community Council will look at prevention efforts to reduce gang membership and the impacts of gang activity in the region. The study will assess the scope of regional gang involvement, explore reasons for gang membership, assess gang prevention activities and programs currently in place, identify needs, and research programs successfully employed by other communities to counter gang recruitment. The Community Council Study Committee will complete their work by recommending a comprehensive plan of action to prevent or reduce gang membership in this region. A report summarizing the committee’s findings, conclusions

and recommendations will be published and reported to the community next summer. Summaries of each study session and the final report will be available at Community Council’s website, The Community Council was organized in 2008 to inspire a citizen-driven, consensus-based, problem-solving process to prepare the region for future growth, change, and challenges and to enhance the quality of life for everyone. For additional information about the organization or this study, call Julie Reese, Community Council Executive Director at (509) 540-6720.

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Special Feature: Libraries

It's Not Your Parent's Library! at the Dayton Memorial Library and emails his completed assignments to his teachers. Seventeen-year-old Rochelle Robison

logs onto the library website from home and researches colleges, preparing to select one to attend next year. And Maybell Culbertson

(we’ll just say that she’s reached retirement age) checks out eAudio books from the library and listens to them on her MP3 player. Sue Hagfeldt reads stories to babies and toddlers at the library. Heather Stearns manages a special collection of books and materials for teens. Jay Ball chairs a board that, among its other duties, manages grants from organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that pay for computers and software at the Dayton Library. Janet Lyon, who holds a Master’s Degree in something called “Library Science”, works full time overseeing the wide variety of services that a modern 21st Century library now provides. Oh, and sometimes people come in and check out books. q Below: Janet Lyon and Heather Stearns work at the Dayton Library's new circulation desk.

Stories and Photos by Ken Graham


hirteen-year-old Carlos Oribio does his homework on a computer

Carlos Oribio: Avid L


arlos Oribio is a 13-year-old eighth-grader who goes to the Dayton library almost every day after school. He says he spends most of his time there on the computer, doing school work, emailing and playing games. “I do school work for fifteen minutes, then I play games for five minutes, then I do school for fifteen minutes, then I play games for five,” says Carlos. Carlos doesn’t have access to a computer at home, so the library computer is vital to his ability to complete his school work. “The teachers like us to email our assignments,” he says, “and to have them typed.” Carlos says he first started going to the library when he was four years old. “My mom and my sister brought me,” he says. Carlos says he started using the internet on the computer at the library about three years ago. As an avid reader, Carlos sometimes goes to the library just to read books. “My favorite books are fantasy series,” he says. Among the books he has recently read are the “Wicked” series, featuring witches and the “House of Night” series, about vampires.

Carlos says he has participated in the Summer Carlos Oribi Reading Program at the library for several years. He has also begun spending time in the “Teen is enjoying Room” at the library, which was created by librarian fall music Heather Stearns earlier this year. He even has some in which artwork displayed in the room. has an old This fall, besides spending time at the library, Carlos Miguel, 1

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ochelle Robison loves anthropology and archeology, and she hopes someday to work in a natural history museum. The Dayton High School senior is a regular user of the Dayton Library’s services, not only to whet her appetite for books on her favorite subjects, but also to learn more about education programs she may want to enter, and more about her chosen career. As a member of Rob Moore’s Senior Seminar class at the high school this year, Rochelle has used the library’s on line Education/Job Information Center (EJIC) to research career possibilities and to learn more about which colleges offer the best programs for her. Rochelle, who is 17, says she has been a regular at the library since a few days after her family moved to Dayton seven years ago. She is an avid reader, and checks out books regularly. “I usually come to the library about

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Maybell Culbertson Reads with Her Ears


hen Maybell Culbertson selects a book at the Dayton Memorial Library, it makes a difference to her who the narrator is. “Some of them can really grab your attention,” she says. “Others are just kind of flat.” Maybell has listened to enough audio books that she knows most of the better-known narrators by name. Maybell has difficulty reading regular books because her eyesight has been diminished by macular degeneration. And so she is very thankful for the large selection of audio books available through the Dayton library. Maybell was born in Dayton and was raised and still lives on family property on the North Touchet Road. She retired after 45 years as an LPN nurse, working mostly in nursing homes in Dayton and Walla Walla. The library offers audio books in three different formats, all of which Maybell uses: CDs and “Playaways” that can be checked out at the library and eAudiobooks that can be downloaded from the library’s website. The CDs come in regular audio versions, as well as discs containing MP3 files, which allow an entire book to fit on one CD. (By contrast, the regular audio CD version of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which is available at the Dayton library, fills up 42 disks.) Regular audio CDs can be played on any CD player, but the MP3 CDs require an MP3 enabled player (or computer). “Playaways” are small electronic devices that contain one book and one AAA battery. With headphones plugged in and the play button pressed, the book can be “read” – no separate player is needed. When finished with the book, the user returns the devise to the library just like a regular book. Currently, about 20 books are available in playaway format at the Dayton library, but more will be added soon.

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Maybell has an MP3 player but she goes to the library to get help downloading eAudiobooks. “I have trouble seeing the little buttons,” she says. “The staff is always ready to help me. I usually call ahead and let them know what I want and when I’m coming in. “The ladies at the library always go out of their way and are so helpful,” says Maybell. “We are so fortunate to have this library.” q

a week,” she says.

ochelle completed her senior project this past summer orking in the library, helping with the Summer Reading ram. “I put the binders together that have the answers e quizzes the kids use,” she says. “I wanted to do this use I remember how much fun I had in the Summer ing Program when I was a fifth-grader.” Rochelle that more than 50 kids participated in the Summer ing Program in Dayton this past summer.

ochelle is hoping to attend Central Washington ersity in Ellensburg next year. “They have a good opology program there,” she says, “and they have a site’ close by.” As part of Mr. Moore’s Senior Seminar, with the help of the library’s web site, Rochelle is in rocess of applying for scholarships, and will soon mit her college application. q

eAudiobooks can be downloaded from the library’s web site at home – or at the library – and then loaded onto any MP3 player, such as an iPod. All that’s required to access the eAudiobook selection on line is a library card. The MP3 files are “checked out” for 28 days, and will automatically stop playing after that length of time time. (Don’t worry, they can be renewed.) Several thousand eAudiobooks are currently available for Dayton library card holders.

Dayton Memorial Library 111 South Third Street, Dayton Hours: M, W, F - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. T, Th - Noon to 8:00 p.m. Sat. - 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Visit the library web site at: Rochelle Robison researches colleges.

For more information, call: (509) 382-4131

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Special Feature: Libraries A New Chapter in the Story of the Dayton Memorial Library


ince assuming management of the Dayton Memorial Library in January 2008, the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) has brought a multitude of improvements and added services to local library patrons. The most striking immediate change was more than doubling the hours the library was open – from 20 to 41 hours per week. Another major change taking place is interior renovation of the library facility. The Delany Room, on the library’s north side, was repainted in 2009 and new furniture and carpets were installed. This year, the library installed a new circulation desk, and new shelves and carpeting have also been added. “Many of the books we get now are larger than they used to be,” says CCRLD Director Janet Lyon. “The new shelves will be deeper. And they will also be positioned so there is more space around them to allow wheelchair access.” A grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, received in 2008, allowed the District to purchase four new computers for public use, bringing the total number of public computers up to six. The CCRLD has also made significant changes in how the Delany room is managed. Starting in 2009, the room has been available free for public use. Reservations are available – and encouraged. Since the beginning of

2009, the Delany Room has been used nearly every day, often by more than one group in a day. For the third year, Lyon will offer beginning computer software classes to community members starting in November. “We’re offering basic skills to people who have very little or no computer experience,” says Lyon. The course includes instruction in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Students also learn how to access the internet and use the Library’s web site. The library now offers a large number of new features on its web site, including: • Downloadable eAudiobooks • A large selection of information database subscriptions, including Consumer Reports and auto repair. • Health and financial information • Business and government reference sources • Career and job search resources If you haven’t been to the Dayton Memorial Library in awhile, you may not recognize the place. The staff there invites you to stop by, even just to look around. Be sure to check out their website too. And don’t tell your parents what they were missing when they were younger. q

Libraries are for Men, Too!


hen Jay Ball joined the board of the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) in 2006, he was the only man in an official capacity at the library. Today, among CCRLD’s four employees and five board members, he’s still the only male. He also became board Chair earlier this year. “One of my goals when I joined the board was to bring a guy’s perspective to the library and what it offered,” says Jay. “I wanted to make sure they had books on things like cars and sports.” Jay, an avid sports fan and former auto mechanic, says that library Director Janet Lyon has done an excellent job making sure that new materials being acquired for the library include many of interest to its male patrons. Jay grew up near Akron, Ohio, with a great love of books and libraries (and the Cleveland Indians). “The library gave me a view into the bigger world,” he says, “and that was important for me as a little kid.” When he moved to Western Washington, Jay lived for awhile within walking distance of the King County Regional Library in Bellevue. “It’s one of the nicest libraries I’ve ever seen,” he says.

Jay Ball relaxes as he learns about playing blues guitar from a library book.

Now employed as an estimator by Pacific Power in Walla Walla, Jay says that when he made the decision to move to Dayton in 2000 he was particularly attracted by the fact that the town has a pool, a golf course and a library. “That showed me that this was a town with a future,” he says. Jay joined the CCRLD board shortly before it entered into an agreement with the City of Dayton to assume management of the library. “The worst thing about the library to me was the limited hours,” he says. “When we took on management, the hours immediately doubled, which was very important.” One of Jay’s favorite library services is the ProQuest

database available on the CCRLD website. “It’s like a higher level search engine,” says Jay. “They have scholarly journals and research papers on all kinds of subjects that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.” ProQuest also contains a huge archive of newspapers from all over the world. Jay says he makes a point to spend a few days each year traveling to a conference or other activity on behalf of the library. “Always on my dime,” he says. Earlier this year Jay went to Olympia, while the legislature was in session, to lobby on behalf of the Washington State Library. “The Washington State Library has been indispensable to us in the improvements we’ve made,” says Jay. “I met with all three of our local representatives and made that point. It was understood that the State Library was facing cuts, but I asked them to go as easy on them as they could.” q

Far left: the Dayton Memorial Library, as it looked in the 1950s, prior to construction of the Delany annex. (Photo courtesy of CCRLD.) Near left: the library as it appears today.

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Special Feature: Libraries

Library Flourishes in Prescott


n 2001, the seventh-grade class at Prescott Middle School launched a campaign to bring a public library to Prescott. They contacted city leaders, who then began investigating the possibility of adding a branch of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District in Prescott. When a location was found on D Street, in an historic storefront building next to, and owned by, the Prescott Lions Club, the District agreed to open a branch there. Josh Westbrook was hired in 2002 to be the Prescott library manager. The branch opened in December of that year, and Josh is still there. Josh, who lives in Walla Walla, works about 15 hours a week in Prescott and 25 hours a week as the District’s technology manager. Josh is a Walla Walla native and Wa-Hi graduate who became a librarian accidently. “As a student at Wa-Hi, I spent some time as a teacher’s assistant in the high school library,” says Josh. “Later, I got a job at the Walla Walla Public Library shelving books. I also worked a year there as a library technician. So when the job in Prescott became available, it seemed like a good opportunity for me.”

This Month at

The Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. 3rd Street (509) 382-4131

Adult Basic Computer Class

Tuesdays: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. In November: Microsoft Word Space is limited to 9 participantscome early.

Preschool Storytime

Mondays: 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Storytime and crafts for children ages 4-6.

Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Fun and developmentallyappropriate interactive activities for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Led by Sue Hagfeldt.

Baby Storytime

Tuesdays: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. Simple activities to help develop babys' listening and pre-language skills.

For more information about any of these activities, call the library at (509) 382-4131.

The Walla Walla County Rural Library District is supported by a dedicated library tax paid by citizens in the unincorporated areas of Walla Walla County. The city of Prescott contracts with the District for library services. Besides the Prescott Library, the District operates branches in Burbank and Touchet. And in 2005, the District opened its fourth branch at Vista Hermosa, west of Prescott near Broetje Orchards. When the Prescott Library opened, it had two public computers that were acquired using Gates Grant funds. Three newer computers, also purchased using grant funds, are now available for use by any library patron. The library also offers free wireless internet. Above: Josh Westbrook keeps an eye on all the goings on at the Prescott branch library of the Walla Walla County Rural LIbrary District.

Prescott Library 103 South D Street, Prescott Hours: Tuesday and Thursday Noon to 8:00 p.m. Sat. - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visit the library web site at: prescott

Josh says the Prescott Library contains about 11,000 books and other materials on-site. “The Library District’s website has many more, including thousands of eAudiobooks,” says Josh. The District now has access to two separate eAudiobook collections, including Net Library and the Washington Anytime Library. Josh has helped the Prescott Library introduce several special programs and events, including its summer reading program, and regular movie and Wii nights. A book club also meets at the library regularly. After a fire destroyed the building between the library and the Tuxedo Café, the owner of the lot donated it to the District for use by the library. “The Friends of the Library in Prescott are working on cleaning up the lot and making it usable,” says Josh. Josh says that the District hopes that someday a new library facility can be built there. q

For more information, call: (509) 849-2411

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Special Feature: Libraries Longtime Waitsburg Librarian Retires After 32 Years


an Cronkhite and her family moved to Waitsburg in 1978 because they were looking for a small town where her sons could play sports. “The boys loved sports, but they were little guys,” says Jan. “Here, the school and the other kids welcomed them, and they fit right in.” Sons Ross and Fred Hamann still live in Waitsburg and are still avid sports fans. Shortly after arriving in Waitsburg, Jan started helping out at the Weller Library. She had worked in the Lewiston Library for more than four years prior to her move. In 1978 she took over as the Weller’s librarian, a position she held until the end of September. A celebration of her career was held at the library on October 23rd. In addition to her position in Waitsburg, Jan worked as a librarian at the Walla Walla City Library for more than 20 years. Most of the time she worked 30 hours a week in Walla Walla and ten in Waitsburg. “On Mondays I often worked some in both libraries in the same day,” says Jan. One of the highlights of Jan’s tenure in Waitsburg has been the huge success of the Children’s Summer Reading Program, which she began about 30 years ago. “At one time, we had over 120 participants,” says Jan. On a per capita basis, the program had the highest participation rate of any Summer Reading Program in Washington for a few years. Jan says that participation has declined in recent years to between 60 and 70 kids, which she still considers a big success. “Kids just have a lot more to do in the summers now,” she says. Jan also conducts a regular preschool story time during the school year that has been very successful. The Weller Library is owned by the City of Waitsburg, which maintains the building and pays staff salaries. Books and other materials are purchased by Waitsburg’s Friends of the Library, through private donations it receives. The

library is overseen by the local Library Board, to whom the staff reports. The Weller Library is open two days a week and offers many services besides book lending. “We have eAudio books and audio books in CD and DVD formats,” Jan says. In 2009, Su Alexander, of Waitsburg, was hired as Jan’s assistant. Su is now acting director, and Jan expects her to be hired by the Library board as permanent director. “Su is doing a wonderful job,” says Jan. “She is great with the kids, and she understands the computer technology used at the library very well.” The Weller Library has no restrictions on who can use its services. “We have people from Dayton and Walla Walla who check out books and materials regularly,” says Jan. The Weller Library is located at 212 Main Street, and is open Mondays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information on the Weller Library, call (509) 337-8149 during regular hours. q

Weller Library 212 Main Street, Waitsburg Hours: Monday - 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to Noon 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call: (509) 337-8149

Su Alexander and Jan Cronkhite pose in front of the stacks at the Weller Library in Waitsburg.

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Events October 30 Scary-oke

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Woody’s Bar & Grill 214 E. Main, Dayton Enjoy an evening of Halloween karaoke fun. Prizes for the best costumes!


Halloween Horse Show Starting at 9 a.m. Dayton Indoor Arena Columbia County Fairgrounds Halloween fun on horseback sponsored by Saddles and Spurs Waitsburg 4-H Club

Costume Wine Tasting 12:00 – 8:30 p.m. Dayton Wine Works 507 E. Main The tasting fee will be waived for everyone in costume who stops by Dayton’ s newest winery.

November 1,8,15 Fall Leaf Pickup City of Dayton Basin Disposal trucks will pick up bagged leaves only on the first three Mondays of November, so get your rakes out and start bagging. For more information, call (509) 382-2361.


Hand selected by Blues Legend Randy Oxford. This is an up and coming blues babe you don’t want to miss. $10 Cover.

Jr. High 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sr. High 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


FREE Movie "To Save a Life” Dayton Young Life leaders and committee members are sponsoring two free showings of “To Save a Life”, a nationally released and wellreviewed movie dealing with the themes of teen suicide, bullying and the difficult choices youth face every day in school and out about life, friendship and the future. Discussion groups for youth led by local ministers and Young Life leaders will follow the movie. All community youth (6th – 12th grade) and their parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Young Life Area Director, Diana Frame at (509) 382-4553.

Dayton Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet 6:00 p.m. Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Dinner Seneca Activity Center Don’ t miss the 64th Anniversary celebration of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Awards presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the Dayton Chamber office or from any Chamber Board member. Call the Chamber office at (509) 382-4825 or visit for more information.


Randy Oxford Blues Series, Live @ Sapolil Presenting: The Rae Gordon Band 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 15 E. Main Street, Walla Walla Blues with a pinch of funk and a dash of R&B!

Used Book Sale 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Delany Room Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. 3rd Street You can never own too many books! Add some new ones to your collection at bargain prices and help the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library raise money for library service enhancement projects. Book donations gladly accepted at the Dayton Memorial Library before November 4th.

Live Music with Bobby K & Mike Starting at 7:00 p.m. Skye Book & Brew 148 E. Main, Dayton

Gourmet Gala: A Dinner in Four Parts and Wine Pairing 6:30 p.m. Marcus Whitman Ballroom Walla Walla Shake off the dust and come to the Walla Walla Symphony and Baker Boyer Bank's Gourmet Gala: A Dinner in Four Parts and Wine Pairing, with wines by L'Ecole No. 41, Gourmet Creations by Chef Bear Ullman (with vegetarian option), dinner music by the Walla Walla Symphony String Quartet, live and silent auctions with an array of great items. All proceeds benefit the Walla Walla Symphony's music and programs. Tickets are $80 per person or $750 for a table of ten. Reservations are required and may be purchased by phone at (509) 529-8020, online at or at the Symphony office at 13-1/2 E. Main, Suite 201 in Walla Walla

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Grief Workshop “Getting Through the Holidays” 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Walla Walla Community Hospice will offer a new grief series which will focus on grief and the holidays. The twopart workshops will be offered at two separate times, meeting at 10:00 -11:30 am and 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  The sessions will focus on the special issues that arise during the holiday season for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Hospice grief support groups are offered to anyone living in Walla Walla, Columbia or northeast Umatilla Counties, not just the family members of hospice patients.  There is no charge, but participants are encouraged to register by calling the WWCH office at (509) 525-5561 or by email at before November 4.


Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon Once Upon an Apron & Awesome Auction 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Seneca Activity Center, Dayton $9 Catered by Fiesta en Jalisco ANNUAL AUCTION - Please come and be a part of our silent auction. What a great time to donate items, to benefit others, and get an early start on your own Christmas shopping! You won’t be disappointed in the selection and the price. APRON SHOW AND TELL - What a great chance to wear your favorite apron and not have to cook! Door prizes will be awarded to three of the best aprons. Bring any other aprons you may have for display around our room. Every apron has a story. THE UPS AND DOWNS OF A CLOWN - Our speaker, Pat Patterson,

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Real Estate

Shell Service Center has New Owner


hen Anne Higgins received her accounting degree from WSU in 2000, she went to work for the state of Washington as an auditor. “I worked in Benton, Franklin, Columbia and Garfield Counties,” she says. She was an auditor of the Auditors.

The biggest change regular customers will notice when they come in the store is the addition of a new coffee bar. The colorful bar dominates the back of the store, and features the same great coffee with a new dark roast blend.

But Anne is an entrepreneur at heart. And so when her partner, Garry Snyder, became broker/owner of Christy’s Realty in 2009, Anne took courses to become a real estate agent. And when Garry and Anne learned that Shell Service Center owner Sean Cassaday was interested in selling the business, Anne was ready to take on the challenge of business ownership.

“We’re also rearranging the merchandise and making more room so that a lot more product is available for customers,” says Anne. She points out that besides packaged foods, the store still offers hot food and treats at the counter.

“While I was in college, I worked at the General Store here in Dayton for about two years,” says Anne. “I felt like this was a good business to get into.” Since taking over the Shell Service Center in early September, Anne has made a number of important changes, but one thing she didn’t change was the in-store staff. “We’ve kept the people who’ve been working here a long time,” she says. That includes Lorraine Love, Sandy Smoot, Toni Winkler and Darlene Savage.

Story and photos by Ken Graham

Garry has been helping at the store with painting and minor repairs to the building. Anne says she will soon have new flooring installed as well. While she has put her real estate license on “inactive” status for now, Anne isn’t giving up being an accountant. “I’ve started Higgins Accounting and Auditing, and I’m providing services to a number of local businesses,” she says. Anne has also nearly completed her Master’s in accounting. She’s fortunate to have lots of experienced help in her store. q

Anne did hire a new manager for the auto service portion of the business. Robert Winkler, formerly of Kyles Toys and Towing, now offers tune-up and minor repair services at Shell, including tire changing and repair. “We’ve cleaned up the garage and we’re hoping to expand services there,” says Anne.

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Above: Anne Higgins shows off the new coffee bar at Shell Service Center on a busy Saturday afternoon (see below).

Events is from Puyallup, WA. Pat uses her images of a clown to get down deep to uncover her true feelings and how these feelings are reflected to others. RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Please call Judy Jackson at (509) 3992005. Please honor your reservation, “gift” it to a friend, or call to cancel if your plans change. BABYSITTING IS AVAILABLE. Sponsored by Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft -

This local duo will perform classic, old-fashioned cowboy music during the dinner hours. For more information call Pam at (509) 843-2244.

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Play an instrument? Grab it and enjoy an evening sharing your talent with fellow musicians and an appreciative audience. Contact Mike at (509) 3824677 for more information.

TVAC Fall Musical: The Music Man Liberty Theater Main Street, Dayton

Nine years ago, the Touchet Valley Arts Council celebrated the opening of the newly renovated Liberty Theater by wowing audiences with The Music Man musical. Now many of the original cast are back for the anniversary performances. See the article on page 6 for more complete information or visit


Live Music: Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue

Acoustic Jam Night 6:30 p.m. Skye Book & Brew 148 E. Main, Dayton

Time out for Tea 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Delany Room Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. Third Street Ladies are invited to a deliciously fun Thanksgiving-themed tea. Come with a friend or make a new friend while enjoying tea and lunch. There is no cost and onsite childcare is provided. Contact Annie Nelson at (509) 3822248 for more information.

Live @ Sapolil Coyote Kings 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 15 E. Main Street Walla Walla


Live @ Sapolil – Bluestone Trio 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 15 E. Main Street Walla Walla Bluestone is one of the best jazz groups around, based in the Tri-Cities. They perform jazz, blues, grooves and standards for dancing & listening. Band Members: John Farey (keyboard/ vocals), Joe Farey (saxophone) & Allye Ratledge (vocals). No Cover.


Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls "Final Crush of the Season" Starts at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Walla Walla YMCA 340 S. Park Street Join the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls for the “Final Crush of the Season”. Our local derby girls will take on the Rolling Hills Derby Dames of Pullman, Washington. Tickets are $8 or $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at or in person at the YMCA or Book & Game on Main Street in Walla Walla.

2nd Annual Turkey Shoot Starts at 9:00 a.m. Walla Walla Gun Club The Eastgate Lions Club is sponsoring this event for area shotgun enthusiasts. Enjoy a day of shooting and maybe bring home a turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner. Donuts available at 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be available starting at 11:00 a.m.

4-H Achievement Night 5:30 p.m. Dayton Elementary School Multi-purpose Room


Annual Meeting Columbia County Fair Association 7:30 pm Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building. This meeting is open to the public and anyone with an interest in the fair is

encouraged to attend. Fair Manager Shane Laib will give an overview of the 2010 County Fair, followed by election of Directors and Officers and discussion/ adoption of changes to the Association Bylaws. Volunteers and fresh ideas are always welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Christine Broughton, Fair Secretary at (509) 240-2679 or Shane Laib, Fair Manager (509) 629-1354.


Open House: Dayton Memorial Library Noon – 8:00 p.m. Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. 3rd Street The Columbia County Rural Library District Trustees and staff are hosting a public open house to show off the recent renovations and improvements made to the Dayton Memorial Library building. Stop by for refreshments and check out the new carpet, circulation desk, shelving, lighting and paint paid for in part by a generous donation from the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library.

Walla Walla’s own Rockin’ Blues and Bluesy Rock Band! $5 Cover.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuxedo Bar & Grill Prescott

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Free Family Food-raiser Concert 7:30 p.m. Cordiner Hall Whitman College Campus Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit area food banks and join us for the delightful, free family concert featuring Mr. Smith’s Composition and Blessings From the Children, performed by Rogers Adventist School Singing Scholars (grades 3-6), directed by Terry Koch.


Live @ Sapolil Tommy Hogan 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 15 E. Main Street Walla Walla Tommy Hogan Band, is a dynamic, original powerhouse blues and rock band. The band recently exploded onto the northwest stages, quickly developing a great supporting review from legions of fans, making an immediate impact on the music scene. With a relentless drive and compelling songwriting of front man, Tommy Hogan, along with high energy, soulful performance that incorporates blazing guitar, booming vocals and a tight rhythm section. $10 Cover.


Waitsburg Livestock Judging Clinic 9:00 a.m. to noon Waitsburg Fairgrounds. The annual Waitsburg Livestock Judging Clinic provides an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members to judge the conformation of horses, beef, dairy, swine, sheep and goats. Team judging is encouraged. Participants receive a

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free lunch after judging, courtesy of the Walla Walla Cattlemen’s Association. For additional information, and to RSVP large groups, please contact chairman Jim Burres at (509) 337-6545.

Do you have questions about wine pairing and your Thanksgiving dinner? Stop by Dayton’ snewest winery to learn all about Thanksgiving food and wine pairing.

Prescott Lions Club Roof Fundraiser Event


Featuring The Frog Hollow Band Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Prescott Lions Hall & Community Center D Street & Hwy 124

3:00 p.m. Cordiner Hall Whitman College Campus

Enjoy a fun night out and help raise money to replace the roof of the Prescott Community Center. The evening will feature a silent auction, live music with the Frog Hollow Band, beer and a midnight breakfast all for only $20.00. Adults age 21 and over only.

Live @ Sapolil – Locust Street Taxi 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. 15 E. Main Street Walla Walla The group’s combination of unrestrained horn playing, zealous vocals and unpretentious sense of humor are a refreshing departure from the ordinary. The songs range in style from pop and swing to funk and folk-rock. And they’re known for having loads of fun on stage, as well as for inspired musicianship and inimitable stage antics. $5 Cover.

Concert: The Celtic Tenors

Matthew Glisenan, James Nelson, and Daryl Simpson are the Celtic Tenors. Every live performance of this outstanding trio is an experience overflowing with vitality and variety from start to finish. Their unique voices, charm and wit combine an emotive journey with a thoroughly uplifting experience. For more information contact the Walla Walla Symphony office at (509) 529-8020 or visit www.


Dayton’s Christmas Kickoff Dayton is “The Town that Still Believes”. Kick off the holiday season with fun family activities, shopping, a lighted parade, fireworks and so much more. See the article on page 9 and the advertisement on page 3 for more complete information.

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Turkey and Wine Expo 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dayton Wine Works 507 E. Main

Palus Museum Exhibit Special hours - 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Palus Museum 426 E. Main, Dayton "School Art: Creativity for a Lifetime" is the title of a new exhibit at the Palus Museum. A number of Columbia County residents have loaned their

creative endeavers from school days for this exhibit. It is fun to see their 'school day art' next to their recent work.  Early day schools offered Industrial Arts for the boys and  Domestic Science for the girls. You will enjoy seeing examples of each in this special exhibit. For the children who come with their parents there will be handson activities. Weaving a placemat can be done independently by your child, but you will want to assist in creating a silhouette of your child--just like we did in bygone days! The exhibit will be in place through December 18th. Regular Hours: Friday and Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jacque Sonderman at (509) 382-8919.

Live Comedian: Chris Warren 7:00 p.m. with live music to follow. Woody’s Bar & Grill 214 E. Main, Dayton

Live Music with Steven Eidt Starting at 7:00 p.m. Skye Book & Brew 148 E. Main, Dayton Don’t miss Steven’s entertaining and accomplished singing and guitar playing.

Boldman House Open House 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 410 N. First Street, Dayton Step back in time at the Boldman House. The lovingly restored QueenAnne style home, now museum, will be decorated with period Christmas decorations. Enjoy a reading of The Night Before Christmas, caroling, free family recipes and docents in period costumes.

Meetings American Legion Legion Hall, 211 E. Clay, Dayton 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Dayton City Planning Commission Dayton City Hall 111 S 1st St, Dayton 3rd Monday at 5:15 p.m.

Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines Unity Church of Peace, Walla Walla Airport. To carpool, call Barb Knopp at (509) 386-8901. Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission Dayton City Hall 111 S 1st St, Dayton 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Blue Mountain Heritage Society Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S. 3rd Contact Elizabeth Thorn at (509) 382-4820 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Columbia County Commissioners Commissioners’ Chambers 3rd Floor, County Courthouse, Dayton. Call (509) 382-4542 1st and 3rd Monday at 10:00 a.m. and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. Columbia County Fair Board Youth Building at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, Dayton 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Columbia County Fire District #3 Commissioners Fire District #3 Station 206 W. Main St, Dayton Call (509) 382-4281 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Columbia County Levee Roundtable Dayton City Hall 111 S. 1st St, Dayton Last Friday at 10:00 a.m. Columbia County Livestock Association Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building Randy James (509) 382-2760 1st Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Columbia County Motorcycle Club Dayton D.O.T Building Contact Bret Harting for more information. (509) 382-4602 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m Columbia County Planning Commission County Planning Office 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. Columbia County Rural Library District Board Dayton Memorial Library 111 S 3rd St, Dayton Call (509) 382-4131 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Dayton City Council Dayton City Hall 111 S. 1st St, Dayton Call (509) 382-2361 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Dayton High School Alumni Association Sand Trap Restaurant 3rd Thursday Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Dayton Kiwanis Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library 111 S Third St, Dayton 1st & 3rd Thurs. at Noon Dayton Lions Club Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S. 3rd Contact Terry Hoon for more information. (509) 386-8889 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Dayton School Board Administration Building 609 S. 2nd St, Dayton Call (509) 382-2543 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Prescott Parks and Recreation District Board Community Center of the Lion’s Hall, corner of D St. & Hwy 124, Prescott. For more information contact Joan Tatum at (509) 849-2690. 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Prescott School Board Last Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Starbuck City Council Starbuck City Hall 200 Main St, Starbuck Call (509) 399-2100 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Starbuck School Board Library of the Starbuck School 717 Tucannon, Starbuck 3rd Thursday at 5:30 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Dayton Dayton United Methodist Church 110 S. 3rd St, Dayton Every Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. Waitsburg City Council Lion’s Club Building at Waitsburg Fairgrounds Call (509) 337-6371 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

Waitsburg Commercial Club Ye Towne Hall 121 Main Street, Waitsburg (509) 337-6533 Dayton Wyldlife 1st and 3rd Tuesday Dayton Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Multi-Purpose Room 302 E. Park St, Dayton Waitsburg Economic 3rd Friday at 7:00 p.m. Development Committee Friends of the Dayton Nothing New Antiques Memorial Library First Monday at Dayton Memorial Library 10:00 a.m. 111 S 3rd St, Dayton 4th Wednesday Waitsburg Historical at 10:00 a.m. Society Call Anita Baker for Port of Columbia more information: Commissioners (509) 337-6157 Port Office 1 Port Way, Dayton Waitsburg Legion and 2nd Wednesday Auxiliary at 7:30 p.m. For location information call Ike and B.A Keve Prescott City Council at (509) 337-6546 Prescott City Hall First Monday at 7:00 p.m. 101 S D Street, Prescott Call (509) 849-2262 Waitsburg Lions Club 2nd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Lions Memorial Building Waitsburg Fairgrounds Scott Branson, President Prescott Community Club (509) 337-8895 Prescott Lions Hall 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at (509) 849-2892 or 7:00 p.m. (509) 849- 2425 New members Waitsburg School Board always welcome. Second Thursday at 2:00 Preston Hall, Main St 2nd and 4th Wednesday p.m. at 8:00 p.m. Dayton Young Life 227 N. Cherry 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7:17 p.m.

Prescott Fire VFW Post 5549 Commissioners Call Tim Mayberry for info: Legion Hall 211 E Clay, Dayton (509) 849-2262 Contact Jerry Berg at (509) 382Prescott Lions Club 4525 for more info. Call Chris Scudder Refreshments served. for info: Every 3rd Wednesday (509) 849-2478 at 7:30 p.m.



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One More Thing . . .

Just One More Cup and I’ll be Fine By Ken Graham The powers of a man's mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks – Sir James Mackintosh


his morning I got up early and went through my normal morning routine: heating the water kettle, grinding half-a-cup of beans and putting it all in the French Press. By now, I can do this in my sleep – and I usually do. While I waited for the coffee to brew, I sat down to begin writing this column, trusting in the wisdom of Sir James, whoever he was. Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water – The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674 As I waited, I began thinking about how, for me, trying to write something before my first hit of caffeine is like trying to ride my bike without air in the tires. It’s become as basic as that. No matter what the women of the seventeenth century might have thought, that first cup of coffee in the morning is about the closest thing there is to pure magic. Computer, coffee, hot. In a cup this time! - Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager On this particular morning, that four-minute brewing time seemed like an eternity. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned patience. And waiting for my coffee each morning has probably been the biggest contributor to that. The idea that a computer could produce my morning coffee with an instant command is a wonderful fantasy. But there’s no way it could taste as good. If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee – Abraham Lincoln

it for days afterwards. I went out and bought an expensive bean grinder along with some expensive beans and an expensive coffee maker. Suddenly I could no longer tolerate bad coffee. I became a coffee snob, in the worst Seattle sense of the word – and yes, I was living in Seattle. In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running – Jeff Bezos, founder of Remember my bicycle tire analogy earlier? Well, if you put too much air in them, they’ll explode. Same goes for your brain and caffeine. As difficult as it is, I limit myself to one pot of coffee each morning. I love going to the feed store and drinking coffee and talking about how much rain we need – Thomas Haden Church Later in the day, however, I see nothing wrong with joining friends and neighbors at a local gathering spot for more of the magic brew. One of the wonderful paradoxes of coffee is that, while it is the world’s greatest stimulant, drinking it is one of the most relaxing things you can do. Anyway, while I was waiting for my coffee to finish brewing this morning, I got the idea of doing an internet search for good quotations about coffee. I found some pretty humorous ones, as you can see above, but here’s my favorite: If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee – Nancy Astor And if I were your husband, I would drink it – Sir Winston Churchill I wish I had a sewing machine right now. I think I’m ready to try that. q

I was a coffee drinker for a long time before I had my first cup of really good, fresh-ground freshly-brewed black coffee. It was heavenly, and I thought about

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a great reason to be thankful

Puget Sound Energy thanks Columbia and Garfield counties for welcoming the Hopkins Ridge and Lower Snake River wind projects to your communities

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